Judi Online poker can be an incredibly fun way to spend your time. But it’s also a strategically deep game, which can still generate good profits for those who are willing to go the extra mile and work on their game. There are a few methods which can help you to become a world-class online poker player in the quickest possible time. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks which can help you get your game to a high level in short order.
If you don’t have it yet, get tracking software
Tracking software, like Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker, allows you to track every hand you’ve played and analyze it later, play by play. But tracking software also provides a heads up display, also known as a HUD. A HUD is an invaluable tool, providing real-time information on your opponents, in as much detail as you would like. This allows you to find and exploit player weaknesses as soon as is statistically prudent.
On top of this, tracking software allows you to create a fictitious player, known as a population alias, which takes on the average characteristics of the general population of opponents. Such a player can be viewed as a close approximation to the average of every player you ever have played or ever will. A population alias is an indispensable tool in formulating a solid default strategy, that is, the strategy that you will use in the absence of any other information. In fact, a default strategy that is tailored to maximize expected return versus the population alias will make more money than any other possible default strategy.
Learn to recognize when an opponent is making real errors
The importance of recognizing errors and then learning how to exploit them almost can’t be sufficiently stressed. The best way to learn to recognize errors is by using a population alias then noting when the particular opponent that you’re playing begins to deviate from the population’s averages. This involves a little bit of basic statistics in order to know when a HUD statistic is providing you with actionable information. But this method is the best way to learn to quickly and accurately assess opponent errors and to be able to act on them in the shortest amount of time, a skill which forms the backbone of profitable poker.
For example, if we’re playing Heads Up No Limit Hold’em and our opponent is in the small blind, if he’s three betting 30% and then betting the flop 100%, he’s severely deviating from population averages. In that spot, the population only three bets 20% of the time and bets the flop 70% of the time. Without doing all of the messy math, this means that the opponent we’re playing will be showing up on the flop, when he bets, with about 370 combos. The population only has 165 combos in that spot. This constitutes a serious error on the part of our opponent, an error that will make us a lot of money, perhaps as much as 20-30bb/100, if we know exactly how to exploit it.
These two things form the foundation of any winning poker strategy. Master them and you’ll be well on your way to making significant money from online poker.