Online Poker Betting Strategies

Thousands of men and women from different corners of the world have taken up online poker playing in the past several years. Most analysts agree that the number of people who regularly participate in online poker will double within the coming couple of years.

Perhaps you have started playing online poker. If so, you likely are interested in some tips that will assist you in bettering your game.

When all is said and done, one of the most important aspects of online poker is betting and betting properly. If you are new to online poker playing, if you are new to playing poker generally, you may have yet to master the ins and outs of betting in a proper manner.

Through this article, you are presented with some basic online poker betting strategies. Armed with these strategies and tips, you will be better prepared to enter successfully into the world of competitive online poker playing.

In this article, we also have some suggested resources that you can take advantage of to assist you in developing solid poker betting strategies.

Bet with Confidence

As experienced poker players understand, there is an element of bluffing that is vital to mastering the game. The element of chance that exists in poker playing — online and in the brick and mortar world — involves the cards that you actually are dealt. However, the element of chance is offset by your ability to bluff your way through a less than ideal hand.

You need to be aware when you are playing online poker or poker in the brick and mortar world that your opponents are observing and paying attention to what you do and what you do not do during the course of play. Your opponents will pay close attention to the way you bet to see if they can tell from the way you are betting what kind of hand you are holding.

As a result, it is important for you always to place your bet with confidence. You need to bet with confidence whether or not you have a good hand or not. By betting confidently in all situations, you will be able — at times — to foil or fool your opponents who may in fact have a better hand. They may fold based on your bet alone.

Watch Your “Body Language” Even Online

Even people who have never played the game of poker have heard of the term “poker face.” A typical dictionary definition of “poker face” is:

“a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player) …”

Remembering that other players are paying attention to how you bet — whether you are playing poker in the brick and mortar world or online. Therefore, when you are playing poker online you need to follow the same routine each time you place a bet. If you are involved in an Internet based poker game that includes player to player interaction, do not let on that you are hesitating or having a problem deciding what you will be betting on a given hand. (In the brick and mortar world you would make certain that your body language does not reveal anything about your hand as you go about the process of placing your bet.)

Change Up Your Betting

When it comes to placing bets during a poker game online, you will want to change up your betting as your go along. In other words, you will want to bluff and stagger the amount of money you are placing on the table as the game moves onward.

Successful online poker players keep their opponents guessing as to what their bets actually may or may not mean. One strategy that can be employed to confuse opponents is changing up bets as the game progresses and moves ahead.

Study Betting Techniques

Before you actually log on and participate in a game of online poker, take the time to study different time tested poker betting techniques. In this day and age there are a number of different books that are available on the market today that provide information on different types of poker betting techniques.

There are books for novices and there are books for more experienced poker players as well. These materials, these texts can be found at any major bookseller in the brick and mortar world. In addition, there are a number of different websites in operation on the Internet and World Wide Web that offer an array of different poker resource materials.

Consider a Class in Poker Strategy

Another avenue that you might want to consider when you are trying to develop useful poker playing and poker betting strategies is the taking of a class in poker strategy. Because of the ever increasing number of men and women who are taking up playing online poker there are a growing number of different courses or classes that are being offered online when it comes to poker playing strategies, including betting.

For the most part, these online classes charge only a nominal fee. In the end, by entering into one of these poker playing and poker betting strategy programs or classes you will be in a far better position to map out a strong routine for future poker play.

Software Programs

In addition to books and classes there are now some useful software programs that can assist a person in bettering his or her poker playing abilities. Many of these software programs also provide useful information and strategies pertaining to betting.

A good number of these software programs are interactive. In other words, these programs will analyze your hand and make suggestions to you regarding what type of bet would be appropriate.

Conclusion

In the end, by following some of the strategies recommended in this article and by using some of the resources suggested, you will be well on your way to online poker playing success. Indeed, you may even find yourself winning more online poker games as you move along. You may even find yourself enjoying success in online poker tournament play as well.

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How To Play Poker For Beginners – Free Online Poker Guide Part 2

In part two of the How To Play Poker For Beginners free online poker lesson series we will step on from part 1 where we outlined the bare bones of the game. Now it is time to get into specific detail and learn each part of a hand of poker so that you can (cautiously!) start to play.

The Blinds

In part 1 you learned that the 2 “Blind” players have to place bets before cards are dealt. If you are not sure what is meant by blind bets, small and big blind then you need to go back to part one of the guide for a definition.

So, the action starts as the blind bets are laid by the Small and Big Blinds (SB and BB). Now it’s time for card dealing!

Moving clockwise around the table from the Dealer (DB), each player receives two cards dealt face down, one card at a time. These are also called Pocket Cards or hole cards.

Now the betting begins; and, after all, isn’t that why you decided to take up the game of poker? That is why I’m sure you now find yourself seated at a free online poker tournament table isn’t it? Isn’t that betting and winning buzz thing the reason why you’ve joined a free online poker site?

Of course it is, the game of poker is all about winning money! With the possible exception of the social side anyway, the table and lobby conversations, though if you are at all serious about money then this is a very minor reason.

At this stage in the hand (holding 2 pocket cards), each player is betting on what hand they feel their pocket cards may lead to.

The betting starts with the player to the immediate left of the Big Blind (BB).

This player is often referred to as the ‘Under The Gun’ (UTG) position at the table. This is because the Small and Big Blind position players were forced to lay down bets before they got any cards.

Thus, both the SB and BB are already taking part in the hand; albeit not voluntarily, at least not yet; they’ll have to wait until the betting comes around to them.

And, with this round of betting, each player has three choices:

1) To fold. You do this if you think you have rubbish cards, also called “rags” cards. You won’t lose anything as you have no chips in play but you will now sit out the rest of the hand.

2) To raise. You raise if you think you’ve got good cards.

3) Or to call, (match) the Big Blind. Usually when you think that your pocket cards hold some potential.

A 4th option you might have heard about, checking, often available in subsequent betting rounds, isn’t an option at this stage.

Once the betting comes round to the SB (Small Blind) if this player wants to fold then they lose their blind chips, if they have terrible pockets then this may well be the best thing to do. Or, this player can call the Big Blind (by simply putting up the difference between the Small Blind and the Big Blind).

Or as SB you can choose to Call whatever Raise has been made, make a new Raise or Re-raise the bet amounts to a new level. I advise you watch and learn this process at the start and as SB keep it simple and just Call the BB unless you have awful cards in which case fold them.

Next it is the turn of the BB (Big Blind). If there has been no raise then the BB can Check (do nothing and let the play pass by), or Call, Raise or Re-raise.

About Raises

As this is a No Limit Texas Hold Em tournament, the amount of any one raise is only limited by the number of chips the player who is doing the raising is in possession of. If say the chip stack is 1500 then the player can raise by any amount upto 1500.

Should he opt to make a 1,500 chip bet, it would be called an All-In bet. Any time a player raises with all their chips it is called Moving All-in.

And, of paramount importance, especially since you are at the introductory level of the game, make certain that YOUR usage of an All-In bet is significantly limited.

Please do not become yet another free online poker ‘chip-flinger’ (someone who tosses chips around without regard to the quality of their cards).

Once the opening round of betting is completed it’s time to see ‘The Flop’. Things will now start to get really interesting!

The Flop is the set of three cards that are dealt face up in the center of the table by the Dealer.

1) Each player can use these community cards’ to build their hand.

For example, you have pockets of 10 and Jack Diamonds (suited)
The flop shows Queen, King, Ace Diamonds…well, you’ve won already, stay calm (poker faced) so the others don’t know, you’ll want to be moving all in at the end to win maximum chips…
OK extreme example, highly (incredibly) unlikely but this is the principle. Read up on what hand beats what to learn about card combinations.

2) Again, as afore mentioned, the middle of the table where these cards are dealt is typically referred to as ‘The Board’.

3) With ‘The Flop’ exposed, it’s time for another round of betting. And, the betting that will occur is based on the 5 cards currently available to each player, i.e., 2 Pocket cards and 3 Board’ cards.

The betting commences with the player to the immediate left of the Dealer Button, regardless of whether the Dealer is still active in the hand or not.

The player to the left of the Dealer Button will keep the initial betting action for the rest of the hand. Later, you’ll come to learn that this is the worst position to be in at the table.

Apart from that, the betting process is the same as it was in ‘pre-flop’ betting. However, keep in mind, all of the players who were dealt ‘Pocket’ cards may not be currently playing the hand as they could have folded during the opening round of betting.

So, whichever remaining player is ‘to the immediate left’ of the Dealer Button (DB), it is that person who is the first player to act; throughout the hand providing he doesn’t fold.

He is able to check or bet.

A) If he checks, he’s simply passing the options of checking or betting to the player who sits to his left.

B) If he doesn’t check, and decides to bet, then those who follow will have 3 choices:

1) They can fold

2) They can call

3) Or they can raise. But, since a bet was made, those that follow don’t have the option of ‘checking’.

Once the round of betting has finished, it’s time for another card to be dealt face up on The Board.

This fourth card is called The Turn card, or 4th Street, and, again, the card can be used by all of the remaining players (those players who have not folded). It’s another ‘community card’.

Thus, each remaining player now has access to 6 cards, 4 Board cards, and 2 Pocket cards. Now there are 4 cards on The Board, one additional card to come.

It is now time for the fifth and final community card to be dealt: The River, or 5th Street.

And, given that all the cards have now been dealt, each player remaining in the hand can see what their best five card hand is. Therefore, it’s now time for the final round of betting. And, once the betting ends, the hand is over.

It’s time to see who wins.

Each player who has remained in the hand shows their cards, starting with the last person to initiate a bet. At a cash or free online poker site the software will handle the process of showing the cards.

The winner is decided via use of the universal poker hand rankings. You’ll find that my article ‘What Beats What’.

If a player wins a pot because every other player has folded, he can decide whether or not to show his cards or not.

The majority of people don’t, and it’s typically advised by me never to show your cards. If you’re not required to do so; keep ’em guessing!

Yet, when you reach an ‘advanced level’ of play, you will get a whole different perspective from me. You see, there are occasions when ‘deceitful strategies’ will be added to your acquired set of playing skills. And, a part of the ‘deceitful strategies’ will have you showing your cards. Not now though.

Summing up How To Play Poker For Beginners Free Online Poker Rules Part 2

In part 1 you learned the bare bones of poker, the structure and concepts of the game. Now that you’ve read part 2 you should now understand the actual mechanics of a hand of poker. In part 3 we are going to move on to more poker words and terminology, all those crazy card and hand nicknames will be unveiled! But as long as you’ve understood the first 2 parts you can now go and start to play poker though I advise you read up on what cards beat what first so you have some sort of idea whether you should fold, call, raise or check!

Also, critically, at this point I strongly urge you not to try and play on sites where real cash is involved, you cannot help but lose all or nearly all of it 99% certain!

Be patient (by the way that is a key poker skill you will need to master) and begin out on one of the excellent free poker sites you’ll find online. Later when you are more skilled there is lots of time for you to win a pile of cash and the time spent playing free online poker will set you up for this. 

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How To Play Poker And Bet Well

When learning how to play poker, fundamentals such as the types of hands have to be initially instilled. Akin to learning alphabets and numbers, there is not much point in proceeding if one is not able to differentiate between a straight and a flush. Along the same lines, body language and facial expressions are a dead give-away. Inability to keep a straight face flushes one right down the toilet. Perhaps not the best of expressions, it should help the novice get his act together and not let out too early on the game.

Betting is an important part of the game as it is all about the money. Although some substitute greenbacks for jelly beans or matches, the effect is not the same. Poker is not the same all over as betting structures are dependent on the flavor being played. The easiest and most popular played is betting with no limit. In such a game, the player is allowed to bet as little or as much as he wants as long as the amounts match the minimum bring-in or maximum of that he brought onto the table. This however excludes the contents of his pockets, briefcase, glove compartment and whatever other places stashing extra cash and valuables. The current bet must also match the previous one. Simple as it may sound, it takes some strategy on how to play poker of this kind and win.

Aside from the no holds barred approach, another structure revolves around the pot limit. Depending on how much the pot currently stands at, the player is allowed to raise his bet up to the size of the pot after matching the previous bet. If a wager made exceeds the pot size, the surplus is returned to the bettor leaving an amount to match the current pot.

Depending on the style in play, a betting structure adopting a fixed limit divides bets into small and big ones, each with a specific value. Pot size may not grow as much and as fast in the early stages of the game.

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