JayaPoker is a game of skill and one of strategy. Once you learn and master these two key strategic positions you will be on your way to making money playing poker online.
First, you need to understand the key differences between playing Tournaments and Cash Games. I whole heartily agree with the idea that a bankroll and/or playing on a cash grid is a much better way to manage your poker bankroll than a tournament. This is because, you are playing against more skilled players and the stakes are higher. However, I do realize that if you play lower stakes, you may play against beginners who have no idea how to tournament. In that case, you will have more of an edge.
Once you mastered the defensive strategy of the cash games, you can take the skill set of the tournament and apply it to the cash game tables. Here are some of the points:
In the defensive strategy, most pros suggest that you only show the strength of your hand in the beginning. Hence, if you are new to tournament, you should know that you will not be playing many hands. Hence, you need to be in control of the hand pre-flop, ensuring you don’t reveal anything to your opponents.
Also, in the defensive strategy, you need to be very aware of your position. You should be smart enough to be aware of the players around you, and you should play around your position. This means you should not play every hand, and when you have a good pre-flop strategy, you need to vary you play and Hence, the most important point is to let your opponents play against you and not against each other.
The pre-flop strategy is the most important part of the game. Once you learn to utilize this strategy, you will be on your way to the winning pot. What strategy you use will depend on the players at your table. If you are at a table with beginner poker players, you should try to find a strategy that will involve deception. You can play by playing a straight, which is finding a hand that does not have many opponents in the pot. If you are at a table with advanced poker players, you should change the strategy to a check-raise, which is a bet followed by a raise. So, you should pick a strategy that will get the opponents to fold more than 80% of the time.
The first thing to do is to decide how you are going to strategize. You can do it with a simple strategy, like going all-in every hand or running find a set to make a big raise. Once you decide on your strategy, you can prepare your mind for the stakes. You should start by playing with a single table. When you feel that you have enough guts, you can play with the multitable tables. But, you should only do that once you are really sure that you have a very good hand. You should never play with the idea that you’ll have to call to find out if you have a good hand. That would be a mistake and you have to avoid that at all costs.
There are some players who suggest playing very conservatively and going after only top pairs. That’s a good strategy to follow if you want to stay at the table longer. Or, you can play aggressive and try to steal the pots. However, you shouldn’t follow everyone at your table. If you have a good hand, go ahead and raise the bet. If you sense that the weaker players raised the bet in front of you, go ahead and go all-in. Players with weaker hands will fold and that’s what you want.
There are some players who say that the object of the game is to have a better hand than your opponent. No, it is not true, but if you have a good hand, you can and should go for the win. It doesn’t matter if he has a better hand or not. In poker, your odds are better winning with a hand than not winning at all if there is a tie. Therefore, you should focus on your cards and trying to make a hand. If you feel that you have a good hand, go ahead and raise the bet. If not, you should play aggressive and raise the bet. But, play just right. Don’t be over eager at this point, this will make you lose your money faster.