Having a tough time looking at your dwindling win-rate while playing online cash games? It is time you change it now!!
Most players know how to play poker cash games. However, only a few know how to ace them and be the winners.
In this article, we are going to be pointing out some of the basic and advanced tips that can help you find success in your online cash games.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started:
1. Adjust your strategy according to the situation
In order to win, it is important & most crucial to focus on defeating your opponents. You can be an advanced player with all the knowledge of pro poker skills. But, if you don’t know how to adjust your game according to those sitting in front of you, it is not going to be of any significance.
Let’s say, you can identify weak players on the table. In such a case, seize the opportunity and attack them. If they are playing too passive, change your game strategies and exploit them to extract the maximum pot value.
2. Know when to hold them, know when to fold them!
To ace online cash games, the golden rule shall be to know when to fold your cards. One of the biggest mistakes that most beginners, as well as intermediates, make is holding on to their cards for too long. If you want to fold your cards, it is important to know the value of your hands.
When you are apprehensive of your opponent having strong hands, playing aggressive and making bigger bets is only going to burn a hole in your pocket. So, without thinking much and losing much, just FOLD.
Let us understand this better with an example:
As discussed in our earlier blogs, many professionals treat poker as their business. So, let’s suppose you are an entrepreneur. After earning visible profits for two years, due to the change in market conditions, you see your profits declining for 3 consecutive years. You still have a belief that you can establish your position in the market. So, you invest your resources and increase your hard-work. You are making all possible efforts to take your business forward.
Despite the continuous efforts, contrary to your expectations, you have now started to go into losses. Your resources have started getting exhausted. Investors have lost their willingness to spend more in your business. And, now you are just piling up liabilities in the name of running your business.
In a situation like this, you are left with two options:
- You can borrow loans from banks or find more investors to still keep your business in running with almost 80% of the chances of it coming to an end. One might go bankrupt as well opting for it.
- Or, you can give up because there is no certainty of your winning. Choosing this option, you know you are still left with money and can try your hands on other professions.
Given the situation, option 2 is a safe option to be chosen in this situation because we know that the probability of the business succeeding is minimal.
The same happens on the poker table when you have mediocre hands. Holding on to your cards that are incapable of winning might end you up in a bankrupt situation. Hence, it is recommended to fold in this scenario.
3. Contemplate the range, not just a hand
The most common mistake that beginners make is that they focus on reading only the hands of their opponents and not the range. For example, a player who is new to poker will most often think about their cards. They will try to contemplate if they have aces or kings or any other card.
This is one of the weakest approaches to reading your opponents.
To read it the best way, it is important to judge the whole range of hands your opponent might be having. There are various methods to do it. Keeping a close eye on their bet sizes helps you. Notice if they are playing too passive or too aggressive and try to contemplate a range of hands they might be holding.
Once you have successfully done that, take a look at your own hands and form a strategy that can defeat your opponent.
4. Follow your intuitions when it is tough to make decisions
Now, this tip is going to be the most undervalued one. However, trust me it is as important as any other complex poker technique.
If I asked you that one time when you found it tough to make a decision in poker, you might already have thought of a story by now. Well, it happens with everyone.
Poker is dynamic. The situations are ever-changing in a poker match. No one can contemplate all possible situations that might occur in a game, prepare for them, and act accordingly. It is a mental game and a poker player has to play according to the prevailing situation.
When a situation like that occurs and you just can’t see your logical thinking working, go by your intuition. Listen to your heart and act accordingly. Most of the time, our subconscious is giving us the right hints.
5. Choose the right table!
Choosing the right table to play ensures your victory in the game. Now, when it comes to analyzing the poker table and your opponents, you must be wondering, “How am I supposed to analyze my table being online?” Well, there are a lot of ways you can do that.
Pay close attention to the bet sizes of your opponent; watch every action taking place on the table with an eagle’s eye. And, then make a decision if that table is going to be worth playing or not? You can always choose to leave the table and head on to a new one.
If you are a regular player, you somehow get acquainted with fellow players playing on the same platform as most of them log in to the website with the same usernames. After having them as your opponents for a period of time, you get to know their strengths and weaknesses which helps you in strategizing your gameplay against them.
Pro Tip: Choose a table with maximum weak players as it makes it easier for you to win.
So, these were some quick, simple, and fun tips from our side to ace online cash games. Do let us know your views by writing down in the comments section below.