Picking the right poker table when playing online is key to increasing your chances of winning. You want to get the most profitability at the table you play at and there are a few things to look for in choosing the right table.
One of the most important things when choosing the right table is pick one that has the game you want to play. That is pretty obvious, but you also have to make sure you really know the game. If you sit at a poker table and play for money as a beginning player and are not fully aware of how the game is really played then you can lose money quickly.
Speaking of money if you are a beginning player it is a good idea to play poker online for free for a while before playing for the real green. To this point when you do start playing for money since you are still a beginner and rather new to the game it is smart to play at a low stakes game so it will not cost you a lot of money if you lose and beginners lose often.
Know the Stakes
You have to pick a poker table that has the stakes that you are comfortable playing. If you have a small bankroll than play at a table with low stakes, as you will be able to play longer and increase your chance of winning. Never play above your stakes, as by doing this it can drain your bankroll quickly.
When you know the game you want and the stakes you want to play them in it makes finding a table easier. You really want to find a table that has players that are not good in those that play too many hands with the odds not in their favor and chase hands looking to hit on the flop, turn or river.
This is where it is valuable to know about the lobby for each table at an online casino or poker room. You can read the stats of the lobby and you can get an inkling on what type of game it is, the stakes, and what kind of players are at the table.
The lobby for each and every table is key to look at and can show you the number of players, stakes, limit, average pot, average number of players per flop, wait time for table, and hands per hour. In choosing the right table the two things to look at in the lobby is the average pot and average number of players per flop.
· Average Pot Size – Looking at the average pot size can show you how much players are betting. You want to find tables where players make mistakes and a larger pot size can suggest players back those mistakes by betting.
· Average number of players per flop – The average number of players per flop can show you how loose the players are at a certain table. If it is a high average you can surmise the players do not have high starting hand requirements and may not be good players.
On the other side of the coin, if the average is low the players are likely tight with high starting hand requirements and they will typically have to have a solid starting hand in order to see the flop. Basically, if players bet with hands that have a high range you have more chances to benefit from their mistakes. It is harder to win facing players that are tight and often fold before the flop.