One of the disadvantages of online poker is that it’s more difficult to read your opponents. However, there are some basic tells that you can use for online play. A tell is basically a thing or pattern your opponent will do that give hints as to what type of hand he or she has. This is a very important factor, as it can help you decide whether or not your opponent really has that third Ace, or if theyre just bluffing. Just be aware that no tell is set in stone and different players will do things differently. Again, the best thing you can do is to know your opponent. (more…)
This is a general guide to odds in poker. Different types of odds will help you determine whether or not it’s worth it to call until the turn, or what your realistic chance is to win the hand. Mathematical odds become increasingly important in online play. Since you’ll be playing many hands per hour, you can be pickier about what cards you want to play. Let’s get started with some basic poker odds. (more…)
Here, we’re going to talk about the basic ins and outs of bluffing. I’m going to assume you’ve read the basic rules and strategies, pot and hand odds, and poker tells. Bluffing and reading bluffs are two of the most exciting aspects of poker. You aren’t playing a set percentage; you aren’t crunching probability numbers in your head. You’re trying to trick your opponent into thinking something that’s not true. This is a difficult thing to do. There’s no set way to bluff. Every situation will be different. It will depend on the type of player you’re trying to bluff, or how many there are, what the flop is, what’re they doing during their bet turns, etc. Bluffing is more an art than a science. (more…)
Here I’m going to discuss a few basic strategies that you should try to use in Seven Card Stud.
What you’re showing is nearly as important as what you’re holding. If you have weak board cards (face-up), you look weak. This means that your opponents are more likely to be aggressive towards you. If you’ve got really good hole cards, though, this works in your favor. However, if you’re showing a king, this is perceived as strong. By betting aggressively with a king showing, you may get someone to fold a pair of queens, especially if there are no other kings showing on the board. (more…)
Ante in Seven Card Stud is mandatory, and it varies for different betting limits. Low-end games usually are only around 10-15%. For example, a $3-$6 game of Stud will likely only have a $.30 Ante. Higher-end Stud games can get a bit higher, up to 25%. This can be a fairly large amount to Ante, especially if you’re playing in a higher money game. Consider starting off playing in the smaller $2-$4 or $3-$6 games before moving up to the high stakes games, just to get used to the strategies and methods without blowing your bankroll on the Ante. Just keep in mind that as the stakes get higher, the players become tighter with their money. (more…)