In online poker, the main positions are the “button” position and the “blinds”. The “button” position is the player who would be the dealer (In Online Poker the computer performs all of the dealing) and the blinds represent the positions of the other players relative to the position of the “dealer” or “button player”.
The “button player” is often considered the best position to be in as this player always bets last.
In regular poker there are a variety of poker positions. The worst position for a player to be in is the “early position”, which is defined as the three seats to the right of the dealer. The reason why players in the “Early positions” are considered to be in the worst position is because they bet first and do not know what decisions and moves other players will make. Hence, most players in this position just “check” and in a way pass to put themselves in a better position. They rarely ever bid significant amounts early in the round and often only bet on hands where they have excellent cards and a very high chance of winning.
The next section in poker is the “middle section”. These players are the next few players who play after those in the “early section”. They often bluff, as they know what the players in the “early section” has chosen to do and can play accordingly. They also do not regularly bet high (unless they are bluffing) on hands where any player who has betted before them has betted a significant amount as chances are, that player has a very good hand and a good chance of winning the round.
Finally, the last position section in regular poker is the “late position”. This position, as you may have already guessed, is the best position to be in other than the dealer if the dealer is playing in the game. They have seen what everyone else has done and can analyze this data to make their own decision. The fact that they have already seen what most if not all of the players have done also puts them in a good position to bluff. These players also cannot be raised.
In poker the table positions are relatively easy. If you are betting directly after the dealer, you got the short end of the stick and are not in a good position to win the round while being in the middle section gives you bit of a more advantage, and being in the late section and betting last is the best spot to be in. However, your cards and strategy are more important than your table position so do not rely solely on your table position to win a hand.
In poker, poor money management can have a devastating financial impact. Many people often get caught up in the moment when playing poker and bet more than they can afford. As a result, they often lose hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars or more through poker.
Betting significant amounts in poker games can often lead to a very poor financial outlook, debt, and a wide variety of other financial complications. So what can you do to avoid this and keep a good bankroll?
The most obvious thing you can do is to set an amount that you will bet on poker and do not exceed this limit. If you have set a reasonable confined amount to playing poker, you still have a good chance at winning significant amount of money, while eliminating the chance of putting yourself in a poor financial position playing poker (provided that you so not break your poker threshold amount).
Sticking to this monthly threshold requires detailed bookkeeping so that you know the exact amount of all the money you have lost and earned playing poker. Detailed bookkeeping also makes it easy to find how close you are to the limit you set for yourself. Never, under any circumstances, mix your personal earnings with the money you set aside for poker. When this happens, you have most likely lost control and chances are, you will continue to bet until you are lift with nothing.
Poker should not be a job but rather a hobby. You should not treat it like a job because if you do, chances are you will keep betting more and more money in an attempt to make the amount you expect to earn. If you do treat poker as a primary source of income, chances are you will bet more and thus lose more money, ending up with less money than you originally started with.
The most important thing to take into consideration when deciding how much money you should bet on poker is “bet with your head, not your heart”. Make sure that you are making smart decisions when betting and are not setting yourself up for financial problems a few years down the road. The best way to do this is to set a reasonable limit on the amount you will spend of betting and do not cross this limit, which you set for yourself.
With so many cards being put into play at one time, the UB Poker flop has the biggest effect on player’s hands when compared to any other round of betting. The foundation of the hand is built on the flop and, often, the entire hand is over at this round of betting. Being able to play through the flop properly is paramount to your success as a poker player and making simple mistakes will not only glaringly show that you do not know what you are doing to other players at the table but it will cost you chips as well.
The fact that three cards are revealed on the flop, as opposed to one, means that most of the cards that will see play are already out for this one round of betting. As a result, almost everyone knows either what they are playing with or what they are hoping to draw into and the probabilities of making the hands on subsequent betting rounds. Being in a strong position on the flop is a great place to be but many players do not capitalize on the opportunity.
In most cases, being in a strong position means that you should be pushing people out of the pot with a healthy raise depending on how strong your hand is and what position you are in at the table. The only time when I advise against trying to push people out of the hand is if you have the nuts or an extremely strong hand and the flop is very weak. Otherwise, the fewer number of players that you have to contend with, the better your chances of winning the pot are. It is important, though, to not over-bet your hand because being trapped in this scenario can often cost you a lot of chips is someone has something better or calls and draws into their hand.
In a drawing situation, you need to be careful about what your odds are of drawing into your hand and how good the pot odds are. Usually, the more players that are in the pot the better your pot odds are going to be – provided they call – and so either calling in a late position or putting in a small “pot sweetener” raise in an early position will help to get things going in the right direction. You should be able to fold a drawing hand without any reservations if the odds are against you.
With a bad hand, you need to know one thing and one thing only – fold to any action whatsoever. There is no reason to put your chips at risk. Going for a stone cold bluff is a huge mistake. Regardless of whether it happens to work or not, it is the wrong thing to do 99 times out of 100 and even if it works one time, that doesn’t make it the right thing to do.
The flop is often the most active and exciting round of betting and being able to play it properly and capitalize on the mistakes of your opponents will have a tangible benefit on your skill and play at the table.
Playing in tournaments and cash games are two completely different types of games. Strategy that you apply to playing a cash game and strategy that you apply to playing in a tournament often do not work in the other type of game. Most players start playing in cash games and then transition to tournament poker and are astonished by how different the style of play is in tournaments as opposed to cash games. Usually, these players spend countless tournaments scrubbing out trying to acclimate themselves to the variations in play. Luckily, there are a number of easy things to remember to make a transition from cash game play to tournament play.
The first difference to understand about tournaments when compared to cash games is the fact that the blinds are constantly increasing. Because the blinds are constantly rising, it is imperative that you participate in pots and grow your stack because, as time goes on, the number of big blinds in your stack will decrease until the point where, what was once a large stack is now an extremely short stack. As a result, when you are playing in a tournament, you should play more aggressively and open yourself up to a wider range of hands than you would consider playing in a standard cash game. You need to win hands in order to make any sort of performance in a tournament and you cannot sit there and fold every hand hoping for the nuts to come your way.
The next thing you need to understand about poker tourneys is that you will have to go all in at some point in a tournament. Because of the constantly increasing blinds, at some point you are going to find yourself short stacked with the need to go all in. As such, you need to make your moves when they arise and go all in and try to double up when it is advantageous to you as opposed to when it is a necessity. Needing to go all-in on a king-ten offsuit as opposed to a pair of pocket queens is a very sad situation indeed.
Another thing that is important to remember is that you are going to move tables constantly in the tournaments so you will not be able to get comfortable and learn what type of opponents you are playing against. As such, you need to focus purely on the cards because you cannot really build a profile and without a profile, it is much harder to make accurate decisions as to what your sort of play style your opponents have or what sort of decisions they may or may not make.
Being able to transition from cash game to tournament poker can be overwhelming and daunting due to the massive differences between the two formats. It is extremely important to remember that the two formats are very different and to play tournament poker much more aggressively because you cannot sit on your laurels and wait for the goods to come to you.