Online poker is tough

For some people, online poker seems easy. For other people, it seems hard. Where do you belong?

When I started to play online poker, I found it hard to be profitable. Then I studied the game more, I read more and I tried to discover why I was losing in order to remedy that.

If you are losing at online poker but would like to win, one key thought that can help you dramatically is the following. All players are human beings, and intelligence is not the main reason to lose or win. The main reason is our psychological tendencies. So if we have leaks, and we correct them, then we will improve our results.

Online poker is a lot about automatic actions and the first step it to at least play correctly and avoid obvious “mistakes”. If some players can be profitable, so why not you?

After a few months of playing online poker, I noticed that I had a tendency not to fold when facing huge bets in an already large pot. Somehow I was in denial, wondering and doubting why my opponent would be making such large bets is he really had such a great hand. It turned out that often he had a great hand. My inability to fold in big pot led to big lost pots, and this is probably why I was a losing player while I could have been a winning player otherwise.

I learned to fold. I learned to almost never feel committed whatever the amount of chips already in the pot. Feeling committed is a leak as it leads to adding to your loss. I learned to focus on who was the player making the big bets, and depending on my profiling of him, I would decide to fold or not. For example it was quite obvious when a solid shark-rock type player was attacking the pot aggressively that he had a monster hand, so why feed his children?

Another important element is to not turn out to become predictable. If you start to systematically fold against large bets, then some observant players will notice and use that against you and bluff you. So mixing up your game is the second key.

Learn to fold and to it mix up, and you will shine at the poker table.

Online poker tells

One of the key for online poker success is to be able to spot and exploit online poker tells.

This is a true online poker skill, as most players are somehow aware of these strong clues betraying their opponents’ hand strength. but few players succeed in really making it a strategy to use this information systematically.

The main online poker tells are as follow. These are regular tells used by average players, and you will see a lot of them at most online poker rooms such as PokerStars. But skilled players know how to conceal their tells and use them deceptively.

The quick check shows strength, while a delayed check tend to indicate some weakness. Basically a player who does not check immediately wants to pretend that he is thinking if he should bet or not, implying that he has a somehow strong hand, when in reality he has a weak hand. Conversely the player who seeks to trap with a strong hand will check fast to pretend to have a weak hand.

Another online poker tell is the delayed bet which normally corresponds with strength. If a player has a very strong hand, he does not want to bet instantly, as this usually means a monster and his wise opponents will fold. But he does not want to check either, and this is the way to go: bet your strong hands. So he bets but pretends to think about it, representing a hand somehow strong but not that strong, and hoping to get one caller with a medium strength hand.

This is why this next tell is kind of the opposite of the previous one: the quick bet may represent weakness. Here a distinction is in order. The total newbie will make a fast bet with strong hands. But the somehow tricky player with a tendency for loose play and some bluffing will make a quick bet when he has a weak hand in order to discourage callers. So know who you are playing against before you make a judgment.

Finally and this is one of the strongest online poker tells, the insta-call shows a lot of strength (in online poker lingo, “insta” means instantaneous). Strength because the caller knew and was ready to act given his strong hand; but he knew that he would not raise given that he hopes to increase the pot at the next street (with another call or a raise this time).

Use these online poker tells wisely and you bankroll will rise.

Hello gamblers

Welcome to AceGamblersBlog, fellow gambler.

Life is fun so let us not pretend to be serious. Fun and entertainment is what it is all about. Nowadays online is where the action is taking place and never before were there this type of offering for gaming as the one we have from the Internet.

Ok, the above paragraph has two important statements and this first post will simply develop a bit about these two profound truths characterizing modern online gambling.

First, life is about fun. Think about it, when we are born as babies and later kids, we only worry about playing. This is human nature (and animals too) that it is at the core of our nature to play games. And when we grow up this nature does not change, our genes make us mostly interested in playing any type of games.

This is true of everyone. Even the Presidents of the all countries like to party, have fun and mistresses. They cannot (and no one can) spend all their time working. They need to play, and often work is just the means where playing is the goal. We cannot play all the time as we need to feed our families. But once the chores of working are dealt with, play time has come.

Secondly in this modern age, the Internet has introduced an information revolution applicable to all ways of life, including gaming in general, and gambling in particular.

This is how you can play so many games online, safely, with software that deliver the best gambling entertainment the world has ever seen. Either at online casinos or free online poker rooms, you will find the game type that fits you best.

There are games for all players, some with 100% luck, some where skill differentiates between the fish and the eagle. In some games you play alone with the computer (slot machines), at other you can socialize with other players (bingo), or you can even play against other players at online poker.

Why so serious? Join the online gambling revolution today, and have fun online.