5 Expert Strategies To Win At Online Poker

Online poker has made it very easy to play poker from the comfort of your own home and play against opponents from around the world all while earning some extra side or full time income if you are a skilful player.

By following these expert strategies you should be able to master the basic fundamentals of the online poker games you’re playing, and hopefully increase your win rate as a result of the effort you’ve put into improving your game.

1. Play at full ring tables

If you’re new to online poker cash games, do not venture to short-handed (6-max) or heads-up tables just yet. NLHE 6-max/HU is a format which requires different strategies in order to beat the games. Just stick to the nine or ten player full ring tables for the time being until you develop better post flop skills, which is a necessary skill for other forms of the game.

When you are looking for a table available in the lobby of your online poker room, keep an eye on the percentage of players who will see the flop. If a table has 40% to 50% of the players who are seeing the flop, this is great, as it suggests there will be lots of loose action and big pots. The “looser” a table is the more likely it is to be profitable, since the better players recognize they have to play “tighter” in order to show a profit.

2. Play solid ABC poker

At the micro-limit tables online, they are not the place to try fancy plays and elaborate bluffs all the way to the river. The easiest way to make money when playing in these types of games is playing solid ABC poker. It is probably not the most exciting way to play, but your mission is to build your bankroll as you grind the the different micro stakes levels. Bluffing only works if your opponents are willing to let go of hands. At these limits, there are few players who are capable of folding and if you have no fold equity, bluffing is a losing play.

3. Open up your range of starting hands

Playing solid at the micro stakes does not mean playing nothing but pocket aces or kings. You should look to open up your range of starting hands, especially if you’re playing at a largely loose passive table, in which four or five players decided to go see every flop. The goal here is to play hands with potential after the flop, which can flop something big, and then you will be able to stack opponents who are not capable of folding their top pair.

Obviously, you want to play your premium starting hands such as big pairs, ace-king and ace-queen, but also try to see cheap flops with small pairs and suited connectors such as 87s, T9s, even one gap connectors like J9s, and T8s, which have a lot of post flop potential since they are connected and suited so can make big hands like straights and flushes.

4. Be prepared to make disciplined folds

Pay close attention to the action. If your opponent was generally playing passive post-flop, and suddenly wakes up making a big bet or raise on the turn or river, be very careful and seriously consider throwing away your hand, unless of course you think you can beat the hands they are representing. This is not the kind of players to try a big raise as a pure bluff, or at least rarely.

Most players will only raise with two pair or better, unless it’s a dangerous board where it’s possible there could be better hands. A raise on the turn is typically always going to be made with a strong hand, and a raise on the river (probably a shove all-in) is probably going to be the nuts when it’s a passive player. The majority of micro stakes players will reveal the true strength of their hands on the turn, so proceed cautiously if you get raised or check raised on fourth street.

5. Look to steal the blinds

Blind stealing is vital for both tournaments and cash games, but especially in multi table tourneys, as the increasing pressure of the blinds makes it crucial that you are constantly adding chips to your stack, or risk getting blinded out of the tournament. This goes hand in hand with the #3 tip, which is to open up your range of starting hands which you should raise with if the action has been folded around to you. A good opportunity to attempt blind steals is when you are in late position, since you only need your steal to get past a few players, and even if you get called, you’ll have position in the hand.