Online Poker Strategy – The Tells!
In live tournaments, it is easy to read your opponent in order to detect some clues on his hand. Some will hold their breath when they are bluffing, others will be more relaxed when they have Nuts.
Too bad none of these clues will help you when you play online.
You can’t see your opponents, so you lose the advantage you could have if you had them in front of you. Online poker is therefore an El Dorado for all players who cannot control themselves and hide these little clues that could betray the real value of their hand. If you are playing online, you should try to analyze the bet patterns that players are using. Here are some clues we can pick up when playing online.
Speed of response: A concept to master online to be a winner!
Take into account the time that your opponent will take to play, some will take time before checking, this can be considered a sign of weakness. Do not give your opponents the opportunity to see a free card, if they wanted to check you they would check faster than that originally. If your opponent bet after a break, it means that he must have a very good hand, especially if he raises you. Rapid raises to the RIVER indicate a certain strength in the hand and you should ask yourself twice before calling. If there is an Ace on the board and your opponent checks and calls your bet, there is a good chance that he has an Ace but with a weak kicker. If there is a straight or flush draw on the board and your opponent reacts quickly by checking and calling, it is a clue to you that he is on the draw. Some novice players will act the same way with the second pair !!
Auto play by checking the check box
Try to see if your opponent is playing with the Check, Call or Fold box for any bets checked. Some internet gamers do several things at the same time (watch TV, surf the net, play on other tables). They often use the automatic check / fold box when they want to fold if there is a raise. They will use the CALL button when they have a medium hand or a draw and the RAISE / RAISE ANY button when they have a strong hand. Try to take advantage of these clues. Raise when they are weak and do not hesitate to fold when they are strong. At the same time vary your style of play so that your opponent does not detect anything on your way of playing and tries to draw clues from it.
Chat: Do not try to pull information in Chat
It’s not like in live tournaments where you hear your opponent’s voice and with his intonation try to get some information out of it.
Two things can contradict his indications:
Internet connection – Some players play with unreliable internet connections, so their response time may be due to a connection problem.
Multi-table players – Players who play on multiple tables at the same time will take longer to make a decision than others. To check all of this do a room search for that particular player and see if they are playing on multiple tables at the same time.
Take these 2 factors into account to determine if your opponents are trying to bluff you or there are simply connection problems. Also, don’t forget to take notes on opponent’s bet timmings. This will allow you to determine more precisely when they have big hands or when they are trying to bluff you.
Once this concept is mastered, we can play in its favor, to blur the minds of our opponents. I have often happened to take the stacks of my opponents (average) at the river while making movies throughout the auctions with my timmings. Against good players you have to keep the same timings because they will not get caught up in your cinema and above all they will have no reading of your game whatever the flop.