Poker is the most common way that people gamble money on the internet. Poker is a game of skill, with a grasp of the basic strategies of poker you will be well on your way to learning how to beat players with more experience. Knowing the winning card game strategies will help you dominate poker games like online Texas Holdem, 7 Card Stud, Horse poker, Razz and others.
The number one thing you must remember when player poker is that anyone can win a hand, you must play to win the most money possible. You can win any hand if you stay in the game and call every bet until you have exhausted your opponents but you’re going to lose a lot of money along the way. The smart poker players know the benefits of playing only a few rounds that will maximize their winnings when luck is on their side and when to sit out a few rounds rather than lose money. The point of playing poker is to lose as little and gain as much as possible in each round, not to have the best hand.
The worst strategy you can adopt is staying in the game with a bad hand. If the hand you were dealt has no hope of winning unless you are very good at bluffing or your opponents have worse hands you will be better off folding. Of course if you do this on every horrible hand people will see through any bluff you may hold in the hands you choose to stay in (this is called a ‘tell’ if you only play hands you know you will win and others catch on to this) so you should stay in with a bad hand every couple of rounds to keep your opponents from becoming suspicious but don’t think you can always turn a bad hand into a good one.
Your best basic poker strategy is to play with discerning choices and with aggressive tactics (a good offense is always better than a good defense). This means know when your hand is likely to win and in those instances play the game with large bets. As always in poker do not let your opponents think this is a habit as it will become a ‘tell’ and they will start figuring out when to fold against you. Learn to bluff in these times so you can mix up your game a little, play like you would if you had a winning hand on some losing combinations, being unpredictable will only help you in winning.
While we’re on the subject of your opponents – learn their own habits, try and pick up on their ‘tell’s’ as even the best poker player has at least one. Remember the way they played the round with what hands they were dealt when the cards are revealed at the end and try to spot their patterns of play.
The card game strategies I’ve mentioned can apply across all types of poker but remember that each game is different so tailor the advice given here and add to it with tactics that are specific to each game. Like every other skill the only way to become better at the game of poker is to practice, you cannot go in as a novice expecting to take on the lions of the game but you can build up to their level and higher if you keep trying.