Welcome back. Hopefully the tips in part one of this article have already got you rolling in the poker dough. Well, do not stop there! I have more tasty tidbits to improve your game, bamboozle your opponents and most importantly, take their money! If you missed part one I should let you know that these tips came to me courty of my own poker coach who took my game from break even to money making. You can do the same ... here's the advice, take it, run with it and you will make more money playing online poker.
1. Think more about how much to bet and why you are betting in the first place. This is particularly true in no limit holdem. Why are you betting? Is it to find out another's holds? To sweeten the pot? To chase away those who are on a draw? Or to bluff the heck out of everyone else and steal the pot? You need to know exactly why you are putting chips in the pot and how much to put in to accomplish your goal.
2. This one harkens back to making notes on your opponents ... you need to cater your bets to your opponents. If you have been watching (and you really do not have to watch that hard) you will notice that some players are so tuned in to making the final three that they will only play their monster hands. When it is late in a sit n go game, this can work in your favor. The blinds are ripe for the picking, raise your opponents out of their blinds, re-raise a player who is trying to steal. If you notice that one of the players is always raising when entering the pot you must assume that they are not always holding monster hands. Re-raise them, you'll be surprised what happens.
3. When you are entering a pot late in the round, and there are many limpers in front of you, you should limp in with just about anything. Why, you ask? The pot odds are in your favor. You are able to enter a largish pot readily with the possibility of hitting the flop. If the flop does not fall in your favor, just fold, and try again next time. If you average out the times you will make money from this move and the times you will not, you will end up ahead so it is worth it to throw a few chips at a large pot to see a flop.
4. When you have medium holdings, but you're not in position, do not over play your hands. This often happens where you go in pre flop, do not hit your flop, and try to bluff the players still to play out of the pot. Chances are, you will not be successful in this venture. Here is a lesson that all poker players need to understand: "It is okay to put some chips in the pot and then let the pot go." It is a hard lesson for a poker player to learn, but it is an essential one. If you do not learn this principle, you will never, ever win at poker.
Of course these lessons are only scratching the surface of what makes a great poker player, even if you follow the moneymaking tips above you will go from break even to money maker when playing online poker. Good luck and may all your flops fall the right way!