I am not sure when it happened, but I can remember a time when online poker was terrible. Lately, it has been horrible. Not only that, but the players at folding have been awful, too. Lots of suck outs, bad beats and widening of gaps with questionable hands. While it can be fun to take down a pot with JJ – you put a lot of money in – you just can’t win consistently if the other people at your table do not play better.
Lots of new players come into the pokerboya with hopes of making big money and don’t know what to do. They watch videos and analyze your play and are not really influenced by the fact that they could be playing the very same hand you are and win. You have to remember that everyone takes the game differently and that is why it is hard to say what is the correct or not in most situations.
If I had to say something that sums up the problems that many players have, I would say “it’s all in the mind”. You can’t change the way you think, experience has a lot to do with it, but also you can control other aspects of your game. The way you talk, yourICT, the speed of your play, are just some examples of how you can influence the outcome of your game. If you spend more time thinking about what you should have done in a certain hand than you should have, you will end up playing a lot worse than you should be.
Please remember that you should play just about every hand you get. I don’t care if you get sucked out on or cut your opponent off, you need to play every hand. I don’t care if you like to get sucked out on or play your opponent too much, but you have to remember to keep your ego in check and just play the cards well. Most hands you play are going to go through money anyways, so don’t be afraid to throw some money at the pot when you think you have a pretty good hand.
I have been reading a lot of articles lately about bankroll management, and while I don’t have the answer for you, I can tell you that if you are playing a 50NL game and you take only the right steps, you will have control of your situation. You may not be able to win every hand or be perfectly ruthless, but you can have a lot of control and still be profitable without falling into the trap of playing your cards too rashly.
There are going to be times are you are beat. It will happen in straights, flushes, hands where you think you have the best hand, but end up losing. It could happen on the turn or the river. While you are learning to be a better player, these are the times you will have to be real smart and tight, and wait for the perfect cards to come against the right opponent.
Bankroll management is definitely important if you expect to have success at the micro limit tables. I started at the lowest limits (5 and 20 NL) and I learned that the majority of players play tighter than they should, and when I say they play tighter, I mean they rarely played a hand. I also noticed that they couldn’t stop calling my raises, so I used to just call them to the river. Now I know that people can play differently in different situations, but when I was playing the lowest limits, good cards did not come very often, so I was able to build a nice stack and not have to many worries about being called.
There are ways to increase your odds of winning when you are playing in micro limit tables and if you pay attention, you are able to treat them as cash tables and win a lot more than you will lose. Treat micro limit poker as an internet poker training ground and analyze your opponent’s play and you will be on your way to winning a lot of money!