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ROY ROUNDER: WHY MOST PLAYERS LOSE AT ONLINE POKER
This column is provided courtesy of Coach Rounder. "Roy Rounder" is the pen name of a successful professional poker player and author.
There are THREE CRUCIAL REASONS why most players LOSE money at online poker and i've listed them below... keep reading to see if they sound familiar for YOUR situation.
Reason #1: Not Picking The Right Game Type
OK, so here's my big "aha" for online poker. It was this "aha" that INSTANTLY transformed my winnings from "decent" to "tremendous"...Are you ready? Here we go:
One of the biggest SECRETS to winning online is to play the RIGHT GAME TYPE for YOUR UNIQUE STYLE. Not only that... but you need to ADAPT your strategy for EACH GAME TYPE you enter. Let me explain...When I say "game type", I'm referring to the many variations of ring games and tournaments. That includes shorthanded games, "turbo" versions, heads-up matches, and more. The KEY is that your strategy should NOT be the same for each game.
For example, the "tight-aggressive squared" method works great for 10-player Sit and Go's... but you certainly wouldn't want to use it in a four person ring game!
Or as another example: You wouldn't approach a multi-table tournament the same way you'd approach a heads-up match...Every tactic and technique around starting hands,
positioning, and betting is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Period.
In some game types, BLUFFING is very effective. In other types you'll hardly EVER want to bluff. The same goes with slow-playing, check-raising, and so on. So the question becomes...How do you know the RIGHT strategy for any given game type?
I'll share my answer with you in a moment, but first let's take a look at the SECOND REASON why most players lose online...
Reason #2: Choosing The Wrong Stakes
This is fairly straightforward. Most players UNDERSTAND that they shouldn't play a game that's too "high stakes" for them...But what most players FAIL TO DO is adjust their "poker
approach" ACCORDING to the stakes. To put this in perspective, let's use baseball as an
Your strategy in a game with a bunch of 14-year olds would certainly be a lot different than if you were playing against the WHITE SOX, am I right? Obviously you'd have to adjust your HITTING, since you'd be facing a more skilled pitcher. And you'd have to adjust your DEFENSE... since the hitters would be better. And so on. But these are just ADJUSTMENTS.
Now let me ask you: Would you have to change your FUNDAMENTAL STRATEGY to go from 14-year olds to the "pros"? The answer is YES. Because CORE PARTS of the game would be affected. Not as many "runs" would be scored... the field would be much bigger... there would be nine innings instead of seven... and so on.
OK, so now let's relate this back to poker:
In low-stakes games, you can get away with certain things that you CANNOT get away with in high-stakes games...You may be able to time all your bluffs when you're on the
button in a low-stakes game, because not everyone is aware of your positioning.
You might be able to consistently buy pots when the flop comes rags, because no one has the guts to make a stand against you. These are ADJUSTMENTS.
Your FUNDAMENTAL STRATEGY will be different too. At some stakes, you'll be able to "play around" more with special traps, feeler bets, and bluffs. At other stakes, there will be NO ROOM for these tactics since every pot will be CRUCIAL. (The blinds structure is also a big determinant in this.)
OK, so the point is things ARE NOT the same for each level of stakes.
There are clear and distinct differences between low-stakes, middle-stakes, and high-stakes... and therefore CLEAR STRATEGIC DIFFERENCES FOR WINNING.
Reason #3: Not Playing At The Right Online Casinos
The third crucial mistake is thinking that every online casino is the same. Let me say this as clearly as possible:
ALL CASINOS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL. And here's why:
A big reason is because the PLAYERS are different from casino to casino... since the WAY each poker room attracts its players is different. The ADVERTISING is different.
Some online casinos give huge bonuses... others do mass advertising targeted at "beginners"... others try to be "exclusive" for high-quality players. And so on...
Do you see how this could have a DRAMATIC IMPACT on how the GAMES will be different?
At one casino you may be playing against a bunch of fresh "newbies". But the same game type and same stakes at a DIFFERENT casino might be full of EXPERIENCED players.
This means you might consistently LOSE at $10 Sit and Go's at one card room... but WIN all the time at another. Crazy, huh? I've seen it happen all the time. You may be LOSING at online poker right now... and the problem may not be your SKILLS.
It may be that you're simply playing in the WRONG PLACES! So how do you know what the RIGHT places are exactly? Unfortunately there's no "one size fits all" answer to
this. I encourage you to try out new online poker rooms today and see if your success improves. For more valuable Roy Rounder poker tips, visit COACH ROUNDER
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