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Friday, October 13, 2006

Just to finish off my day and give all bored office workers something else to mull over here is a cracking little list of hints from a wealthy online player. This is unashamedly nicked from his blog, but i dont think he will mind. Its pillowtalkpoker.blogspot.com if you wanna go peek.

Random Online TipsIve gotten a few emails recently from people looking for general advice about playing online. Im really not a great person to ask as I just sort of play natural but this is an answer I fired off to one of these mails the other day, its basic enough stuff but worth a read if you are transfering your game from live to trying online for the first time.First off I dont really know your game so my advice is more on general internet play than how to adapt your particular style to internet poker. First off dont worry about not winning at the start I was messing around online for about 8 months before I started seeing some results. So here goes:1) Get pokertracker and update all your hand histories into it, dont lie to yourself and not upload losing sessions. Once you have about 5k or more hands uploaded go on to twoplustwo.com and do a search for pokertracker stats and compare yours to the stats the winning players have, this will give you a good idea of areas to change in your game.2) Decide what kind of player you are, players have different success at different forms of online poker. Some players do very well at sit&go's whilst they struggle at cash games, some players do well at mtt's and some do well at cash games. Some do well at all games but I would say concentrate on the form you are most proficient at to begin with then work on the rest after time.3) If you are struggling to begin with then eliminate bluffing from your arsenal of weapons, too often online bluffs are ineffective and to be honest at the lower limits they just arent required. Play just premium hands and bet them hard, that is enough to beat lower stakes online, when you get used to online and start moving up you can begin to open up your game, but allways remember a bluff is more likely to fail on the internet and hence you should trap with strong hands less than you would live too, just bet them strong in general.4) Game selection is useful look for games with the highest average pot size and players to a flop %.5) Tilt control is infinately more important online than live. If you go on tilt in a casino you lose whats in your pocket but if you tilt online you can lose everything in your account and the rest of your credit card balance. It is far easier to tilt online , there is noone there you know so you arent embarrased by a bad play or horrid call so some players who wouldnt play tilty live tend to tilt online. The thing is that if you are inclined to tilt then it is really important to get a grip on this before you commit to being an online player.6) The most major thing that I changed in my game when I started playing online was how I played AK. Instead of reraising with it I often (not allways) just call behind, I do this so that if I miss the flop I can get away from it but also if I hit the flop I often dont get put on AK and get paid off, but the main reason I changed this online was to try and play smaller pots pre flop. This is quite important, as much as I dont mind putting all my money in on a 50/50 preflop I mush prefer to keep the pot small preflop and get busy on the flop. This is an important part of my game, I play small preflop and steal a lot of pots post flop but it costs me a lot less to steal on the flop as we havent put so much money in preflop, and if I run into a hand I can now get away from it without commiting my whole stack.7) Bankroll management is vital the 25 x a buyin is a good rule of thumb, do a search on any of the internet forums for oodles of threads on this, it really is hard to set a hard and fast rule as how much bankroll you need changes depending on the type of player you are and the stakes you play.8) A lot of people say to start out on the micro limits and work your way up, but if you are used to playing live cash then I would say start off at 1/2 nl as the stakes lowwer than this dont really represent a real poker game.9) If you are starting out new to online poker dont multi table, play one table at a time untill you are comfortable.10) For low limits like 1/2 and 2/4 the softest games on the net are generally Party, or where when I played that low it has been a couple of years since I played that low but when I did Party was where the fish were at, I doubt thats changed.11) Without doubt the most profitable time to play is between midnight and 4am as this is the time all the american market come online.There is a lot of other general stuff like taking player notes etc but the above are probably the main things that helped me when I was starting at internet poker. When you have a couple of thousand hands loaded into poker tracker at a certain level send me your stats and I will be able to give you a couple pointers more specific to your individual game. Remember there is no reason why a player who wins live wont win online and vice versa but it is a different media and as such requires a different approach.I hope this helps and Im sure I have left out loads of tit bits, but the main thing is this, when you play online it is MUCH easier to play badly, you need to build up a dicipline where you actively try to play your best every session. If you are facing a bet and you reckon you are beat you probably are, you wont call it live but for some reason a lot of people find it hard to not call online. I dont know why this is, probably the fact no one can see their bad play.Anyways good luck and let me know how you are doing.All the best,Eoin.Not exactly groundbreaking stuff but I just thought I'd stick it in the blog.


Blogger snoopy1239 said...

Some great points, cheers.

Oy, link me in! Pronto...

10:35 PM  
Blogger Seb said...

cheers for all the tips - just won my first MTT so must be good. hopefully i'll be able to keep it up for next thursday!

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a shocker mate and overslept, doesn't look like I'll make it for the afternoon session. I'll see you for the PL at 8.

8:07 AM  
Blogger snoopy1239 said...

Alex, I thought you said you were heading over to Gutshot on Saturday?

2:12 AM  
Blogger Alex Martin said...

I did mate, but i had a heavy one on Friday night and it really would have been just a £500 donation to the prize money. Hard enough to go deep with my A game, let alone a hangover.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news from Luton yesterday? I was badly stitched up by traffic/rubbish public transport. It's like burning money not turning up for that tourney.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Alex Martin said...

Shit in £10. Shit in £20. Luckily chopped a £30 SnG HU by cracking mateyboys KK with AK and going on a rampage...(kinda).
But the value was definitely there.
Next stop, Southampton £500 main event.

12:47 AM  

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