If you want to become a great online poker player than you have to learn to walk before you can, meaning it’s essential that you not only learn the fundamentals – but act on them.
The following are a few things you should look at, decide if you fall victim to – and if so change (and improve your game).
There are many good multitablers out there, however there are many bad ones too. If you are good at it then it can be quite profitable but it really isn’t for everyone.
If you have decided to multitable you really should start tracking your play in a poker tracking software or even just a spreadsheet so that you can find out if you are doing better or worse than when you play at one table.
Don’t beat yourself up about it if you can’t multitable and profit, just find out what makes you money.
If you can multitable well than I highly suggest you invest in a good video card and dual screen monitors – it will make your game that much easier and better.
If you play poker at the casino your attention is focused only on the the game. However when you play online it can be easy to get distracted by the likes of phones, pagers, TV, instant messaging, other people and a whole load more.
The best thing to do if you are serious about playing poker is to allocate a time slot in which you can play poker uninterrupted. Turn your phone off, unplug the TV and remove all possible distractions – you may be amazed by how much better your game gets.
You really should try to use the instant action buttons as little as possible. These buttons are really only made for lazy people or those that are too distracted with other things to pay attention.
Players who use these buttons convey weakness and poor poker skills, demonstrating a lack of interest in their hand. For example a player who insta-checks shows that their hand is not already made.
The only time you really should use these buttons is if you want to send a false message, for example if you want to insta-check to display weakness and entice others to place bets.
It’s usually a big mistake to play tired. Often the other players at the table will be wide awake and concentrating hard where as if you are falling asleep at the computer than you are at a sever disadvantage.
If you must play tired however than you should do things to keep you awake and alert. Brew some coffee and play some music for example.
Going on Tilt
Going on tilt can be one of the quickest, easiest ways to lose your entire bankroll. One click and you can put your whole bankroll at risk.
The key is to be able to recognize tilt and to have a plan for when you go on it. Some good ideas include taking your frustration out on the the play money tables or in a freeroll. Another idea is to take a break.
Put them into practice.
Some of these might seem simple and obvious but way too many people fail to actually put them into practice. If you put these fundamental tips into practice you will become a better poker player.