Poker, in general, is one of the most famous card games. But before you can be a great poker player, you have to begin as a novice. You have to learn your ABC’s quickly, and in order to do so you must memorize the steps clearly. If you’re not familiar with an ABC, me too can help you with this. And in this article we will only concentrate on how to read the limitations.
- The Blue or Black Blind
This sets up the first round of the game. The player to the dealer’s left posts a predetermined amount (“blind”) as a chip with which he must match the previous bet, made by previous players. This is to preventette players from padded out the pot. Betting continues around the table in a clockwise direction.
- The small and big blind
After posting the blind, each player must make a separate bet, equal to the sum of the blind. This is the first betting round. Players have the choice to call, raise, or fold, depending upon their cards.
During this betting round, the player to the immediate left of the big blind is said to be under the gun, because he is the first to act. It is also said that the player to the left of the big blind is the next to act, acting under the gun.
- More players
More players means more opportunities to run into. Bluffs, semi-bluffs, and good old-fashioned all-in moves are more likely to work online, because players are more aggressive.
- You’re out of position
If you are playing in early position, like the first two positions after the blind, you are at a disadvantage. Everyone after you can take your stack, and you’re out of position, so to speak.
- New strategy
With the increase in availability and greater mingling of players across tables, people become more inclined to new strategies. It is part and parcel of the game’s culture, and part and parcel of internet gamblers’ greater propensity to develop strategies. Some of these strategies are formed on the fly as the game requires. Online players call these ‘on the fly’ strategies, or RTG as it is commonly abbreviated. These strategies are potent because they form a game plan on the fly, in this case before even seeing your cards.
- The risk of going all-in
Online gambling, and particularly online dewagg playing, is much riskier than the conventional playing offline. This is because you cannot see your opponents, and you cannot see your cards. And as we mentioned before, even the pros are only as good as their lastests. So while you can’t see what cards you’re holding, you can see the cards your opponents are holding, and you can verify their ‘tells’. So while you can’t know what cards you’re holding, you know instinctively what cards your opponents are holding.
- More loose players
Loose players who call frequently, rather than fold, are known as fish. Many of these fish never improve, and end up being the willing prey for bigger more experienced players.
- More tight players
Tight players seldom call. They hold their chips back, hoping for a lucky flop.
- More aggressive players
Aggressive players play aggressively by betting and raising, by moving all-in and out, always with a specific hand.
- Betting styles
It’s important to know the betting styles of your opponents, because as you well know, different players require different strategies.
Playing as a tight player, you expect to flop a good portion of sets.
When you’re playing as a loose player, you’re hoping for setters. You’re not hoping to flop a majority of hands, because you’re confident enough with your holding to move all-in.
It’s a good idea to bet when you have a good hand, but realize that when you’re betting and you have a bad hand, this is not necessarily a bad play, because your pot odds will justify the call.
Although you have to factor in the element of your opponent reading your style, you should also consider the implied odds you’re getting from other players. For instance, if you’re holding J9 and there’s an Ace up and someone bets and your read is that he has a better Ace, you can call him as long as you have a better Jack, and it won’t hurt you if you can take the Ace.
Many players adopt a tight-aggressive style early on, but as the game progresses they become very aggressive, especially when they have a good hand.
It’s a good idea for you to be able to play a few different styles as it will allow you to observe your opponents.