Poker is the game of cowboys and high jacks. As Kenny Rogers once said, ‘You have to know when to hold’em and know when to fold’em’. Poker can be game that brings much joy, but can be a game that brings frustration and despair. The reason for this is the highs and lows that follow poker, any professional will tell that they themselves have hit a bad time or bad run, as the jargon dictates. So anyone coming into the game or ‘fish’ as you will be known is facing an uphill struggle.
Their struggle can be defined by many factors. Poker strategies come into three main categories, first mathematics, second people management and third reading people. The first mathematics is obviously utilized to calculate odds and careful management of your money or ‘stack’. The second is about watching the bets others make and building up a common pattern for each individual player. The third is only relevant in face to face games, but still reading some one’s mind based on their facial ticks and hand movements is a difficult skill to master. All three of these skills combined will make you a poker master, some of the poker greats have only mastered one or two of these skills.
If you choose to go down the online route of poker then you need to eliminate the need to understand one of the skills, leaving only two to get to grips with. I can tell you from personal experience that this by no means makes things easier for you. In online poker you are relying purely on instinct to drive your play, but that instinct won’t come straight away, you will have nurture it over time. The way you nurture instinct is by playing and going through all the highs and lows. The only way to describe the difference between face to face poker and online poker is by saying it’s like trying to find the light switch in the dark. This shouldn’t put you off though, far from it. The rewards from masterful play online can bring you riches for only a couple of hours of play a day, especially with all the incentives available to join an online poker site, no deposit bonus, matched deposit bonuses.
There is however a new evil spreading and becoming more and more common in online poker rooms, the poker bot. The poker is considered illegal in most poker rooms. The bot itself is nothing more than odds calculators, which aren’t illegal, but where bots differ is that they take control, all you do is press the button and leave it. This is the only glitch that might show up in your attempt at poker dominance. They are considered by many to be unbeatable, you can of course beat a bot as the decisions of a bot are based in the rules of a program, but you will experience much frustration and monetary heartache in the process. Your best bet if you think you have found a bot is to back out of the game. You need to look out for betting that is too perfect, especially in no limit rooms.
Online poker player and sometimes bad loser!
Article Source: Daniel Deakins