Playing poker online has many similarities with playing in a house or casino. After all, you keep playing the same game, with the same rules, hoping to end your session with a profit. However, there are a couple of differences in terms of online poker strategy that you should not underestimate.

The most obvious difference is the lack of any kind of visual signs of your opponents on which you can base your decisions. However, not being able to see the other players at the table does not mean that there is no sign through which you can get information about their hands. One of these signs is the speed with which a player bets. A quick bet is usually a sign of a stronger hand, while a late bet often indicates that the player is posing as thinking about how to get the most out of his “great hand.” The use of ‘auto-play’ boxes, with which you can pre-select an action before it is your turn to act, can also say a lot from the hand of your opponent. If, for example, the big blind immediately passes his pre-flop hand, you can assume he has already checked the ‘pass / withdraw’ button, indicating that he had no interest in matching any type of climb with his weak hand. On the other hand, a player who uses the ‘raise anyone’ button seems to be very sure of the cards in his hand. Following what is happening in the chat window on your table can also give you a good idea about which player is in ´tilt´ and his emotional state in general.

A great advantage of playing poker online is the large number of tables you can choose, which means that you can be very selective as to where you choose to play. Many players will automatically go to the tables with the highest jackpot average, thinking that this is where more money can be made, but this happens rarely. Often a large average of the boat indicates that many players stay in the boat until the showdown, which means that bluffs will not be a success and in most cases, you will have to have the best hand to win the boat. A good jackpot average would be around 8 × 10 times the big blind, so for a $ 0.10 / $ 0.20 table, it would be around $ 2. Preferably, you also want to have 1 or 2 loose players and 1 or 2 conservative players at your table, giving you more options to mix your playing style.

The speed of the game in online poker is something that players have to get used to at the beginning. While at a live casino table you can see around 20 hands per hour, at virtual tables this number can exceed 100. The advantage of this is that you do not get bored too quickly waiting for a good hand to play and you are not tempted to match mediocre cards simply to get some kind of action. The option to play on more than one table at a time extends the advantage even more, especially when playing Sit & Go tournaments, where a conservative hand pick is the key to success.

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