Gripsed Poker Training Presents: 4 Mistakes Beginners Make at Online Poker When Starting Out
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If you're just starting out at the online poker tables, then there are some mistakes that you simply must not do.
That's why we have put together a quick and easy guide with four beginner mistakes that may end up costing you money.
If you pay attention to them, you'll improve your game and have an edge on other beginners looking to play online poker at the same tables as you.
In other words, you will win more.
In the parts that follow, you will discover:
- How to use poker charts the right way
- Why no two poker players are alike
- If multi-tabling is really right for you
- What is tilt and why it matters
So read on and make note of the advice and learn how the right approach can change your results at the table!
Misusing Starting Hand Charts
One thing many beginners over-rely on are starting hand poker charts.
As a beginner in online poker, these can be brilliant tools to help alleviate pressure on your mind.
Poker charts are perfect to narrow down the choices that you have to make at the beginning of the hand and avoid some of the stupidest mistakes beginners make.
However, you have to make sure that you are not adhering to them too rigidly.
- Perhaps a player is playing slightly differently following a big win or massive cooler?
- Are you building up a table image that might mean you need to tighten or loosen your starting ranges?
Make sure to change up your starting hands as the dynamic at the table changes. And if you are at a level where you are still not sure of how to read them, check out our guide on what beats what in poker.
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Treating Each Player Equally
Not every poker player is the same, even when starting out.
You wouldn't treat everyone the same at the live poker tables, so why should you when you play at these online poker sites?
Pay attention to how they're playing and what cards they have when they showdown.
- Do they always raise with pocket pairs?
- Do they like to slowplay big draws?
If you find mental notes aren't your think, write everything down. Taking detailed notes on the behaviour of your opponents will help you spot patterns and common poker tells much faster.
When you treat each player equally, you miss out on spots where you can take advantage of a certain way your opponents play their hands.
Too Many Poker Tables
Let's face it. We've all dreamed of multi-tabling 24 tables, reacting to every alert and hand that flashes on the screen.
And some of us can be great at that. Think of Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew and GGPoker's Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - they are just great at massive multi-tabling.
But if you are a beginner in online poker, chances are that you are not good enough (yet?) to make these sorts of decisions in the blink of an eye.
Only play as many tables as you are comfortable focusing on.
If that's just one table to begin, with that's not a bad thing. If you are playing poker to win, you need to start small and slowly grow your activities as soon as your results justify the changes.
As long as you are consistently making a profit over a sustained period, stay to as many tables as you can manage with ease.
Playing Online Poker When Tilted
Not everyone tilts the same, so pay attention to how you're feeling at the table.
You might have lost a big pot, so why are you opening so loose from under the gun?
At the same time — if you've recently won a big pot, stick to what you know. Play to your strengths and if you're feeling tilted, try and recognise that early and be prepared to deal with it.
If that means stepping away from the poker table, then allow yourself some time away to reset your mind.
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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.