The “Poker Spot On” Playbook to Catch Your Adversary’s Moves on Time

If you want to be a successful poker player, it’s important to keep an eye on your opponents as well as concentrating on your own hands. Are they aggressive or passive? Do they get involved in loads of pots or just wait until they’ve got the good stuff? Read on for some top tips on how to dominate at the best online casinos poker tables. 

1. Pay Attention

Try and keep focused when you’re playing online. Your opponents will be offering uploads of useful information about their style of play if you’re cute enough to notice it. Don’t get distracted by YouTube videos, Instagram messages or other online (or offline) distractions when you’re playing. If you can’t focus on the whole table, just concentrate on the 2 to your left. Keep notes. If you have a note that says that a player only bets big when he’s got a monster, and he sticks in a big raise, you know to tread carefully. 

2. What has your Opponent Got?

It’s unlikely you’ll be able to narrow down an opponent’s hand to something specific but with some thought, you can try and determine a range of hands your opponent might realistically have. Did they raise from early or late positions? Did they continue to bet the flop and subsequent streets? Was the flop full of action cards? Did the opponent take long to raise or check? All these things can give you a clue as to what sort of hand they might have. 

3. Be Aggressive

A sure way to dribble away your bankroll is to limp into too many pots. Limping with suited connectors in a late position after a host of callers is fine. It’s a cheap play that can deliver rich rewards if the flop falls nicely. If you’re the first to act in a pot and you want to get involved though, take the initiative by raising. It sends a message and should get rid of plenty of speculative hands which might have come along for the ride if you’d just called. 

4. Position is your Friend

Being the last person to act in a hand is a huge advantage. You get so much extra information from the players who have to act before you. This both lessen your risks and boosts your opportunities. Being last to act means you can often take benefit from free cards. You can also control the size of the pot. Of course, the main advantage is that you can see what your opponents have decided to do before you make your own decisions.

5. Get Studying

There’s a wealth of poker strategy material available online. Loads of it is free too. Learning the odds of whether you’ll hit a straight or a flush or improve a pair into a set is really easy. Get studying and you can improve your winning chances in no time.  

Author: Ian May