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Poker Tables – the Different Types & How to Choose the Right One for yourself
Whether your playing online or in real life there are many different tables and players you’ll encounter. Like most other factors in the game, the nature of the table is something you really need to put some thought to if you want to win.
Online and offline, there are two things you will notice very quickly about the site where you play poker. No matter which way you go, there are lots of players, lots of games, and lots of different levels of expertise and experience.
Poker players who don’t think about the game – particularly new players, but some experienced players who go untrained – make the critical mistake of thinking that options at the poker table are there to accommodate the risks that players are looking for. Of course, since it’s mentioned so early on in this article, because it’s mentioned at all, this thinking is wrong! Say it aloud, the various risks are not offered to accommodate the range of risks players are looking for.
One of the reasons that many experienced but untrained players continuously lose is that they choose to play in a given game based on irrational factors. Poker can be a game of luck, but a real poker player makes their own luck by counting as many of the odds in their favor.
The vast majority of people, when they start playing poker nowadays, are playing online, Texas Hold’em. Most people hear about the game from their friends, or they see it on TV; one of the many televised tournaments. They decide to play with a little bit of money, say 0, to see if they can make a bit of extra cash.
You deposit your little stash and start to scan the tables. Online, this process is a lot easier than offline, but either way, you’re probably looking at the same situations. Should you play in a tournament or ring? Should you play with a limit, pot-limit, or no-limit? How many people do you want to play with and what level should you play at?
Particularly if they’re new to the game, they don’t necessarily know what type of players they’re likely to be up against. Worse still, they’re unlikely to do any research to find about the individual games. Without knowing the type of game you’re going to play, without assessing the type of players you’re up against, you have very little chance of coming out on top.
Most people will head to the table with their 0 and their limited understanding of the game, without making any real effort to improve either. With no knowledge of the strategies or players at the table, most people will proceed to lose their little stash of cash in a couple of hours, without much effort at all.
The table type ultimately has a lot to do with who wins and who loses. Bankroll is important. The key to managing your money is to be disciplined about how you play your money. Regardless of the type of table, you shouldn’t take all of your money in one go. You should go to a table with a big bind of X with at least 50X or fifty times the value of the bind.
Once you have a hand over your money, you need to start watching the competition for playing habits and styles. You need to get a strong grasp of the playing styles in to determine what advantage you have. Ask yourself who bets aggressively? Who bluffs? Who plays hands secretly?
Ideally, you should look at the tables, assess playing styles, and make a determination to avoid tables at which crazy players are clearly seated. Players who often upset the balance of the table by betting on everything, are sometimes referred to as maniacs. Check the average pot size for evidence of their presence.
When it comes to picking a table, avoid those invested by maniacs and tight aggressive players. Ideally, you should be the only tight aggressive player at a table. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and play high stakes games all the time. You should alternate tables every so often and remember that you aren’t committed to a particular table just because you have sat down there, online especially. Dynamics at the table change so you need to stay on top of it.
As a general rule, you should look at the players, the style of play, and the stakes at the table every couple of rounds. This will help you to stay focused and help you stay on top of the game as much as possible.
By choosing your tables consciously instead of just going for what’s open or making uninformed decisions, you will dramatically increase the stability of your play and reduce the volatility of your results.
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