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Maximizing Profits With Table Selection

As a poker player, one must do everything they can to maximize their profits, and one of the most over looked ways to do that in online poker is table selection. To the novice, it mat seem that every table is going to have about the same number of fish and sharks, however the most skilled online players know that there are certain things to take into consideration before you sit down.

 

Poker players know that being successful is all about finding any edge you can over your opponents, and taking advantage of that edge in every way possible. Using proper table selection, you can find immediate edges that you may have over the players at that table.

 

Initial Table Selection

Before sitting down at the table, you want to take a look at the information you get in the lobby screen. Most online poker rooms will give you two valuable pieces of information to help you pick the most profitable table for you to play on.

 

The first thing to look at is going to be the average size of the pot won at the table. This is going to give you an idea of what you will be able to win when you take down a pot. The higher the average pot size, the more opportunity you are going to have to profit.

 

The next thing you want to look at is the amount of players which are seeing the flop, which will be expressed in a percentage relative to how many people are at the table. Usually, when you see a table with a high percentage of players seeing the flop, you are going to see your opponents playing marginal hands in poor position. You want the most players possible in the pots you take down.

 

Realizing The Types Of Players At Your Table

Once you are seated, you can move on to the next step of determining if the table is going to be a profitable one for you. One thing a lot of players do not put enough emphasis on both online and live is studying their opponents, and analyzing the way they play. The best players in the world constantly study betting patterns, timing, and other tells to gain the biggest edge possible. Many online players you will encounter are simply playing the cards they are dealt and ignoring their opponents. As important as specific tells that you will pick up on a player is being able to make a generalization about the type of player you are facing. Once you can peg each player with a particular style, it will make your decisions a little easier.

 

Pay close attention to any situation in which you are getting to see you opponents cards, whether it be an all in or a show down. Take note of how everyone is betting, even in hands you are not involved in, as you will be able to use this information when you are. If the player profiles of the people that are sitting at that table do not match with the way you play, you can simply move.

 

Time of Day You Play

Though this is not a fast and hard rule, it seems to be true. The best games you are going to see to play in are going to be on the weekends, or at night, after 5PM. Playing at these times may help increase your profitability.

 

During the day you will find yourself playing against grinders, just waiting for the non-regulars to sit at the table so they may take their money. Be aware of who the regular players you face are and keep copious notes on them.

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