Playing Multiple tables

January 22, 2015:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 25 – The easiest way to build a bigger bankroll

If you feel your knowledge about the present applying rules is good and play strictly as far as position, starting hands and odds are concerned the easiest way to achieve good results is by playing multiple tables. This might seem tricky at the start but it is easier than you think. The reason for this is that there are so many players at these low levels who put money into the pot that you most of the time do not have to waste energy on studying the other players. The odds are often very good and if you manage to get the hands you want there is mostly no risk that the other players stop bucketing money into the pot just because of that. There are plenty of calling stations at these levels.

So if you play strictly, according to the rules, you should reach a fairly steady winrate somewhere between 1 and 2 BB/hour per table. This of course does not mean that you play an hour with a certain guaranteed win, there will of course be great fluctuations where you sometimes win a lot and far too often lose some. That is unfortunately probably the normal situation most of the time but it might be good to know about it in order to endure and also to obstruct being affected by tilt (see statistics further below)

Bad periods can as said before go on for thousands of hands.

Some reminders regarding games when playing multiple tables:

  • Never play at higher stakes than your bankroll can handle. If you play at a $0.5/$1 limit table you are supposed to have at least $500 in your bankroll (or you could afford losing $500). Poker is equal to fluctuations and your bankroll has to be big enough to survive bad streaks. Even if you are a good player you have to face the fact that you sometimes will lose big.

  • Don’t play at more tables than you can cope with.

  • Try to avoid playing at auto pilot. Focus on the game!

  • It is easy to find loose games at the lowest stakes. Find the loose games instead of sitting at a table with tight players where you are most probably wasting your time. 45-50% of the players in the flop is never hard to find. And if you have trouble finding it anyway: Play at this online poker Canada website where you can find games where the players in the flop most often are up to 80-85% per hand dealt.

  • Use your signup-bonus! And use all of it! You will clear the bonus easy when you play multiple tables.

  • Play ABC poker. Fancy moves won’t work at low limit tables, believe me. If you have a good hand – bet. If you have a bad hand – don’t bluff!

1. The best choice when playing multiple tables is PartyPoker

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2. Find favorable games and sit in.

3. Use the low limit tables as filling stations

The great advantage with playing at many tables is that you do not have to sit for months before you have made enough money to try the somewhat bigger tables. Hopefully you can climb to a higher level fairly soon.

The multi-table playing method works fairly easy at $0.5/$1 tables and lower ones. What we are aiming at is to in a fairly simple and quick way build a bank roll at the lower levels and then play single-table at the higher levels where you need to check up on your opponents in a different way to achieve good results. If you then lose money at a higher level you can always go back to the lower level and make a “refill” of your bankroll before you have run out of it. Normally it is recommended to have a bankroll of 300-500 times BB in order to be able to play safely at the selected level.

4. Watch your bankroll grow over time. Play safely!

Winning Sit n Go Poker

April 09, 2014:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 24 – Sit n Go Strategy

Here are the sit n go poker tournament strategies I’ve acquired from many years of profitable online tournament play.
Online sit and go poker tournaments, also known as sit n go’s, or SNG’s are usually single table, ten player tournaments where the top three finishers win the cash.

Example: a $10 tournament would pay $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.

Single table poker tournaments are excellent practice for playing the final table of multi-table tournaments. The strategies for both are essentially the same.

Sit n Go’s are also great if you’re pressed for time, taking about an hour to play, compared to several hours for a large multi-table event.

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Here is the winning strategy I use for low limit ( $5-$20 ) online texas holdem sit n go’s.

This method works especially well for me at Bodog Poker but it will work equally as well at any place you play poker online where you can find impatient, inexperienced poker tournament players.

1. My basic winning strategy for limit and no-limit texas holdem single-table tournaments is to play tight, playing only premium hands in the opening rounds.

Premium hands being AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK, and AK to A-10 suited. You can add a few more hands like 10-10 or 99 to the list if you like, but play VERY tight early on.

Build your chip stack if you can but concentrate on surviving. Become more aggressive as the blinds increase and more players are eliminated.

2. Don’t be a calling-station. Bet and raise aggressively when you have powerful hands. Bettors have two ways to win, showing down the best hand, or everyone folds and you pick up the pot uncontested.

3. If you have opponents who are overly aggressive, check, and let them be the bettor when you have a strong poker hand.
Trapping your opponent this way will allow you to win more chips by check-raising and re-raising later in the hand.

4. If at any time your chip stack becomes less than five times the big blind, go all-in with any two cards, if you’re playing in a no-limit sit n go or multi-table poker tournament, and you are the first to act.

This is a desperation play. You’re hoping no one has a hand they can call you with and pick up the blinds. Even if you are called you may get lucky cards and increase your stack. Don’t be afraid to make bold plays if the situation warrants such a move.

5.If you find yourself with a large stack of chips late in a SNG ( sit and go ) tournament, one or two spots off the money, play aggressively against the shorter stacked players who are desperate to make it into the top three.

6. Always closely observe your opponents playing style ( tight, loose, aggressive or passive )and pick out who will and who wont, defend their blinds.

This is one of the most important sit n go poker tournament strategies you must utilize. The higher the blinds get, the more valuable this information will become.

Remember the tight players and players low on chips are easier to steal from, be ready to take advantage of these opponents as the tournament progresses.

Sit n Go Poker Tournament Strategies in a Nutshell

Have a strategy plan before the tournament begins.

Decide to only play premium hands in the early rounds. Let the gamblers eliminate each other.

Observe your opponents style closely. Watch for clues that will help you later.

Play aggressively by betting and raising, when you have a strong hand.

Adjust your play based on your chip stack, and the stack of your opponents. Use your large stack to intimidate those who are low on chips.

Make bold moves only under the right circumstances. When desperately low on chips, or to make the most of a very strong hand.
There you have it. A simple plan of sit n go poker tournament strategies that are sure to increase your win percentage.

Omaha Hi/Lo Tips

June 03, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 23 – Omaha Hi/Lo Tips

omaha-hi-loWhen looking at the structure and rules of the game, Omaha is a poker game in and of itself. As for strategy, it does not differ much than the strategies used to play other poker games, such as that used for Texas Holdem. Omaha games can produce substantially large pots in the Hi/Lo format, which perhaps explains why so many players stay in the entire game.

Even with mediocre hands, many Omaha players hold out until the very end. Perhaps, since two hands can potentially be formed, players hold out longer in hopes that at least one of their hands will be worthy of taking the pot.

However, besides the fact that many times a split pot returns just barely enough to cover one’s wagers, players should be folding more often than playing through an entire game. Winning the entire pot, which does happen, is something worth staying in for if a player’s hand has potential from the very beginning.

Omaha, like its cousin, Texas Holdem, is a post-flop game for the most part. The pre-flop stage of the game can be a deciding factor on whether to fold as well, giving much merit, or the lack thereof, on a players starting hand. Therefore, most professional Omaha players advise to consider folding just as soon as the first cards are dealt.

Hence the tips that follow concentrate primarily on when the proper time to fold is:

Tip #1: Fold all Four of a Kinds, Three of a Kinds (3 thru King) and all unpaired middle cards

To some players it may sound quite foolish to throw away a four of a kind – But remember, in Omaha the player should always be playing for both jackpots – not just one. In the long run, winning just the high hand of the pot is not going to make a significant difference to one’s bankroll.

In fact, the losses in between, which will invariably happen, will quickly erase the small earnings that one half of an Omaha pot will produce. Having four of a kind guarantees a player will not qualify for the low hand pot, and should consequently be folded before putting more money into the pot.

Tip #2: Play the following hands dealt from the beginning

  • Two Pairs, 10 thru Ace
  • Four differing Low Cards, 2 thru 5
  • Ace with three high cards of different suit, Jack thru King
  • Ace with any one card of the same suit
  • Ace with all low cards of varying suit, paired or unpaired
  • Ace with a 2 and any two other cards
  • Pair of Aces matching suit with one other card of any rank
  • Pair of Aces with all low cards or any suit
  • Triple Aces with low cards, 2 thru 5
  • Triple Deuces with an Ace

After the flop, the key to remember is that the entire pot, or scoop, should always be played for. Players should not settle for only one half of the pot, for winning it is not worth the potential losses that will occur on repeated occasions.

If, after the flop, a player sees their hand leaning away from qualifying for the Lo side of the pot, it is never a better time to fold.

Tip #3: Don’t try to get the low hand. The only time you should think about doing so is when you have an Ace-2 in your four card hand.

Half of the time, the low hand will not be available to play. If you see two cards ranked 9 or higher on the flop, you may want to fold before the hand gets too expensive.

Flop Strategy

April 23, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 22 – Strategy for Playing Your Cards after the Flop

After starting hand selection, the flop is the most important betting round in Texas holdem poker. The 3 cards on the flop can make or break any starting hand. Reading the flop correctly is an essential skill for any poker player.

Flopping a monster hand

A monster hand means you hit a straight or better hand on the flop. This is the ideal time to slow play against aggressive players. You want to get as many players as possible into the bet to ensure the biggest payoff.

You need to be careful with straights and flushes though, you want to make sure you have the highest straight or flush. This is why we muck our low suited cards and low connectors preflop, it is dangerous when you hit your flop but you are drawing dead to a higher flush or straight.

So generally you want to slow play monster hands after the flop and make it more expensive for other players to stay in the pot on the turn and river.

Flopping a set

If you hit your set (3 of a kind) on the flop, it is a great opportunity to slow play the hand. Especially if there is a high card like an Ace on the board that you think helped another player.

There are of course times when you need to raise the pot if you do hit your set. Especially when there are strong straight or flush draw opportunities presented by the flop to other players, like suited or sequential cards. In this case it would be a far better move to jam the pot and win the hand there and then before someone else draws out to you cheaply.

Another case where you want to bet large is when you flop a small set like a set of 3’s or 4’s. Even though you are most likely ahead, the chances are there that someone who paired on the flop could draw a bigger set.

This is an ideal opportunity for a check raise if you think another player connected. Always bet and raise with small sets.

Flopping 2 Pair

If you hit two pair on the flop, it is advisable to jam the pot and bet big. Two pair is strong, but a lot of hands beat it. The rule of thumb is to take the pot as quickly as possible and you do not want to slow play two pair. Be aggressive.

Flopping top pair

If you had a pocket high pair before the flop, and your pair is an overpair after the flop (a pair higher than any other card on the board eg. QQ is an overpair on a J68 board), you should bet hard after the flop. You are most like ahead unless someone hit a set. That is why we bet large with these hands before the flop, to drive out small pairs who might make a set cheaply otherwise.

If you hold two high cards, for example AK and either an Ace or King comes on the flop, you want to bet aggressively as well. With a high kicker, you have a very good chance of winning if someone else also paired but holds a smaller kicker and can’t get out of the pot.

Top pair top kicker is a very strong hand, but not strong enough to slow play. You should always bet with this hand.

Flopping a small Pair

Now we are moving into dangerous territory. If you hit middle or bottom pair on the flop you should bet if it is checked to you. The chances are good that someone hit top pair if there is a strong bet before you, in which case you should most likely get out of the hand.

Another reason for betting here is to test exactly how strong your hand is. If someone calls your bet, be prepared to check and fold on the turn.

Flopping a straight or flush draw

Here pot odds come into play. You only want to check or call small bets to see if you can hit your drawing hand.

Fold your hand if the amount to call is too big. This is also a great opportunity for a semi-bluff if you’re up against another player who you think missed the flop completely. Even if they call your bluff, you still have the opportunity of making your straight or flush.

Any other hands

All other hands should be either checked or folded, including inside straight draws.

If you would like to learn more, you can read this previous tip that I wrote about playing the flop.

Texas Holdem Odds

November 27, 2012:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 21 – Get to Knew the Odds at Texas Holdem

Note: If you control the odds, you win much more often.

This is a simple fact – but to accomplish needs perseverance, patience and determination. Do you have it in you? Read how to calculate the odds of Texas Holdem as you play and improve your overall winnings. If you would like to play poker online, you can visit Carbon Poker to put your talents to the test.

Texas Holdem is played with a deck of 52 cards and the odds of a certain type of card appearing can be mathematically calculated. You don’t have to know the exact odds but rather only the round figures. These will come in handy when you have to decide whether to play or to bet.

What do you do if you aren’t very good at counting cards?

I suggest you make a real effort because the better you can count the better you can calculate the odds. And the better you can calculate the odds – the more money you will make! Finally – it all rotates around one clear statement – know the odds wins money.

All you have to do is divide the number of cards you need to improve your hand with the number of hidden cards. The result is what is called pot odds. This is compared to the profit you stand to make. You decide according to the higher ratio.

If for instance the pot odds are 40/4 (which come to 1/10); and if you win you stand to make $400 by wagering $10 (which comes to 1/100). You need to compare the two – and since 1/100 is relatively bigger than 1/10 – you should call. (If it’s vice versa – you should fold or be aware that the odds aren’t in your favor.

But always bear in mind that you will lose even by becoming an expert at Holdem odds. Losing is an integral part of online gambling and it’s futile to fight against it. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. Have patience and you will be successful.

You shouldn’t rely only on your cards but also try and guess what your fellow Holdem players are ‘hiding under their sleeve.’

Basic Texas Holdem Odds

Pre-Flop

The probability of being dealt:

  1. Pocket aces – 220/1 – 0.45%
  2. Either pocket kings or pocket aces – 110/1 – 0.9%
  3. Pocket pair – 16/1 – 5.9%
  4. Ace/King suited – 331/1 – 0.3%
  5. Ace/King offsuit – 110/1 – 0.9%
  6. Ace/King either – 82/1 – 1.2%
  7. Two Suited cards – 3.3/1 – 24%
  8. Pocket Kings, Pocket Aces or Big Slick – 46/1 – 2.1%

The Turn

The probability of making:

  • Full house or higher from a three of a kind – (7 outs) 5.7 to 1 – 15%
  • Full house from 2 pairs – (4 outs) 11 to 1 – 9%
  • Flush on the next card – (9 outs) 4.2 to 1 – 19%
  • Straight on an open ended straight draw – (8 outs) 4.9 to 1 – 17%
  • Straight on a gut shot straight draw – (4 outs) 11 to 1 – 9%
  • Pair with two over cards – (6 outs) 6.8 to 1 – 13%

Flop to River

The probability of making:

  • Full house or higher from a three of a kind – 2/1 – 33%
  • Full house or higher from 2 pairs (4 outs) – 5.1 to 1 – 17%
  • Flush on the river (9 outs) – 1.9 to 1 – 35%
  • Backdoor flush on the river – 23 to 1 – 4.2%
  • Straight on an open-ended straight draw – (8 outs) 2.2 to 1 (32%)
  • Straight on a gut-shot straight draw – (4 outs) 5.1 to 1 (17%)
  • Pair or higher with two over cards – (6 outs) 3.2 to 1 – 24%

It is always recommended to play with the odds. Without these odds, there is no reason to play. The odds give you more confident feeling when betting.

Handling Guarantee & Excess

November 07, 2012:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 20 – Handling the Guaranteed and Excess Winnings at the Poker Tables

Preset an Amount of Money

OK, we’ve settled on a win goal of 70 percent. The next page tells you what to do with your profit, so right now we’ll touch on the reason you set a goal in the first place.

How the deuce can you determine when it’s time to leave a table if you don’t preset an amount of money you should get ahead based on your session money?

It all goes back to the reason you’re gambling in the first place – money.

My friend E.Z. Lyer is an out-and-out liar. He tells his wife he’s gonna play until he has enough to take her to a nice restaurant for dinner. E.Z. Lyer gets ahead $600 with a $100 buy-in and starts chasing every pot as if he is destined to go undefeated for the afternoon.

His win goal is reached, passed, and ignored as this goof thinks he’s the first person to hit a scorching hot streak. He originally wanted to get ahead $60 but now he’s closing in on $600. He’ll see $60 profit again, but on his way back to zero as he runs into a string of bad cards.

Does he stop at the $60 profit the second time around? No way, now he wants to get back to $600. This guy hasn’t got a goal in his head; he has a hole in his head. E.Z. Lyer lies when he says he’ll quit when he gets ahead $60. He doesn’t have the guts to quit.

Do you see yourself somewhere in that story?

Here’s what he SHOULD have done!

The Misconception People Have About Discipline

That dope E.Z. Lyer should have set his win goal and when he reached it, jumped into the discipline move of guarantee and excess.

Let’s say he agrees with my thinking and sets 70 percent as his goal. I ain’t telling him to leave the game, which would be stupid.

Look at how easy it is:

  1. Rat-hole your starting session money, in this case $100
  2. Put aside 50 percent of the profit of $70 ($35), called your guarantee
  3. Continue to play with the other ($35) called the Excess

What’s so hard about that move? You’ve made sure your starting bankroll of $100 is intact, plus you’ve guaranteed that even if you lose the excess, you’ve got $35 to bring home.

Notice I did not take you out of the game. That is the misconception people have about discipline. Setting win goals is merely putting up a point at which you set aside the guarantee that surely goes home with you because it absolutely cannot be touched again.

Once you decide on your win goal you can’t deviate. The amount you set is up to you. Maybe 70 percent is too high or too low, that’s your decision. But what a great feeling to know your starting session money is intact along with a guaranteed profit.

Go back and dwell on the best sentence in this book and how it applies to all gamblers. Do you remember it? Of course you don’t!

“Seventy Percent of all the people who enter a casino get ahead yet 90 percent of that 70 percent give the profit back.”

Memorize it. You may be one of the people starting m that percentage.

Never Leave a Winning Session

Once you hit your win goal and put the guarantee away, I didn’t tell you to leave the table. Never leave a winning session! Stay in action with the other half of that win goal, called the excess.

This money stays on the table as your session amount and since the casinos usually offer table stakes, you cannot dip into that guarantee to put additional money at risk.

If you reach a pot where your excess is down to Zippo, you merely play all in. If you lose, that session is over. You should quit for the day with that guarantee or at least move to another table. The one you’re at is drying up as far as you are concerned, so it’s time to leave.

However, let’s say you are playing with your excess and win a $36 pot. When you pull that profit to you, divide it in half. Put 50 percent ($18) with your guarantee and keep 50 percent with the excess.

Every subsequent winning pot is divided in half. This way you are increasing your guarantee while at the same time increasing your excess. You stay at the table until the excess is gone.

Since you cannot remove a chip or add money or chips to your session amount during a hand, you must rat-hole 50 percent of that winning pot to the guarantee in between deals. Definitely get that money off the table or else it will have to be used during a subsequent hand and I DO NOT want you touching your guarantee again at that session.

Handling the excess is merely the act or art, if you will, of increasing the amount of money you’ll leave that session with. Will you do this?

Show me!

Odds and Percentages

August 15, 2012:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Poker Tip 18 – Odds and Percentages vs. Protecting Your Money

Manage Your Money at the Tables

We now slide into the section that is more important than any knowledge you may gain about Hold ‘Em, or for that matter, any form of gambling. A lot of you are nodding and acting like you agree with that sentence. Well then, why don’t you do something about it?

You all admit that you know about money management and want money management and will try to manage your money at the tables. But as soon as you park your carcass on one of those casino stools, it’s as if you’re sitting on your brains.

I could give you 7,643 different examples of different hands that will occur during a poker session but there would still be 7,644 I left out. After a while you’d just be trying to digest all the examples and would start skipping over the analysis, so I won’t bore you with all that gibberish. I’ve read books by sharp, excellent Hold ‘Em players and they give out all types of percentages and odds and examples, and it all seems and sounds so logical.

That Stuff on Odds

poker-chip-managementI disagree with a lot of that stuff on odds. If I’m sitting with KH, QH, and the flop shows JH, 5H, 5C, I now have four hearts to a flush. The geniuses of the world spit out a percentage or odds against your catching that flush.

If there are eight other players in the game and three cards have already been buried, how the heck do I know how many hearts are already used up in their hands? Plus there’s more than a deck left un-dealt that may or may not have a lot of hearts left in it.

How can you calculate your chances without knowing how many other players are sitting with two hearts and also have four of those love cards?

Suppose you’re early in a position seat and you check. In back of you come three successive raises and in a $5 – $10 game, it is now going to cost you $30 to look at the turn card and surely another set of raises. Are you going to call? No way. Regardless of what the odds say, I’m gone. Those two fives scare me, as does the fact that the ace of hearts is unaccounted for. It’s conservative and it’s money management.

Learn the Game, the Basics, and the Theory

Odds and percentages, in my opinion, rate far down the road in comparison to protecting your money. You don’t read a book on how to ride a bicycle and then enter a cross-country jaunt. You don’t read a book on computers, then sit down and build a competitor to the space system. You don’t read a book on sex, and then call Pamela Anderson for a date. And you don’t read a book on Hold ‘Em and enter the World Championship in Las Vegas. You can find a list of US Poker Sites here to help get you some more experience. The more you play, the more you learn and the more you can figure out other poker players.

You learn the game, the basics, the theory, and you learn to read players. You practice reading three-card flops then you play a casino game of $l – $3 or $3 – $6 Hold ‘Em. You learn the logical moves by being subjected to them and you learn how to manage your money!

The last part of that sentence says it all…. WERE YOU LISTENING?