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  • Zoom Poker Guide – How To Play Zoom Poker
    fact that they are able to fast fold to look for a better hand may take the fun away for them as they would usually play an array of hands at a fixed poker table therefore they tend to play much tighter and more obvious in this format Recreational players may not be attracted to the aspect of this Texas Holdem variant The fact that they are able to fast fold to look for a better hand may take the fun away for them as they would usually play an array of hands at a fixed poker table therefore they tend to play much tighter and more obvious in this format Different Strategies for Zoom Poker With Zoom poker online there isn t necessarily a set strategy that you should acquire straight away for this format it mainly depends on your opponents Fast Fold The fast fold option plays a huge part in this format and is going to make the average player much tighter as they are waiting for good hands to play Additionally a lot of players tend to give up their blinds way too easily as they are transfixed by the fast fold button and just want to wait for a better hand This is a clear indication for us to be much more aggressive in late position Even though opponents will eventually play back at us we can put pressure on them until they start to adjust Late Position In general late position play is probably the most important part of playing Zoom poker Players tend to try and take advantage of the blinds on offer with the mindset that they are going to be giving up easily due to the fast fold option of the game This creates an interesting dynamic as players 3betting ranges will become much wider as they know how wide your opening range can be in late position In this instance a tighter style of play is ideal and playing your cards can be incredibly profitable Aggressive Approache On the whole I think an aggressive approach is going to be a much more profitable style in the long run but tightening up on specific tables and in certain spots is going to work Your opponents are the main influence on the style you play and you should always be adjusting to them by using a different approach Bankroll Considerations More hands played inevitably leads to more variance and swings to your bankroll When starting out with Zoom poker taking a conservative approach at first is an ideal approach Due to the amount of hands you will be playing in each session there are going to be more situations where your stack is at risk therefore having at least 70 80 buy ins would be suitable when starting out at this format It s important not to be affected by the swings that Zoom poker provides it s going to be much more intense than a normal cash game therefore play smart

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  • 6 Common Low Stakes Poker Leaks - Online Poker Mistakes
    you make your adjustments 2 Robotting When I say robotting or auto piloting I m not saying that all grinders who play a ton of tables are bad That is simply not the case There are players at mid stakes who routinely play 16 tables and crush the games for a huge winrate However these players are few and far between They have done the work off the table to figure out the most effective default plays and have an incredible amount of experience The trouble most grinders have is that they use a default line that isn t the most optimal and then repeat their errors leaks over and over Often they don t know they have these leaks If these players spent some time away from the table examining the why they do certain things at the table then they would have allot more success Imagine going from a 0 5pt winner to a 3pt winner whilst 16 tabling Do the work off the table and you can thank me later 3 Adjusting to your opponents This is almost a repeat of the last point but far to many regulars have inflexible opening ranges and opening sizes Its important to look at the players at the table before you open any hand preflop Do you have calling stations with position on you Are all the players nits Do you have an aggressive 3bettor on the button Are there short stacks in the blind Is there a fish in the big blind All of these things affect your opening frequency and opening sizes Use your brain to figure out how 4 Be unpredictable In poker you often want to be doing the opposite of what your opponent are expecting you do There are certain spots preflop postflop that look incredibly strong where you can integrate bluffs when you normally have nut hands What spots are these well im not going to lay them all out for you Preflop spots could be 3 betting an UTG raiser light 3betting an EP raiser from the sb bb Postflop spots could be turning made hands into a bluff for example check calling twice with a medium pair then deciding to check raise the river to represent a different subset of hands Whenever your opponent thinks that your hand range looks strong its a good spot to bluff Naturally this will integrate well with your nut hand ranges and if called down can get you called lighter in future spots Just make sure you can represent hands and make sure there s balance against good players 5 Paying off passive players I m somewhat known as a station but its something I have been eliminating from my game Its just so fun to call Whenever your about to hero call someone just ask yourself one thing Is this person passive or aggressive If the answer is unknown or passive you should most likely fold to his big bet 6 Preflop spew Some players

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  • Deep Stacked Poker - Playing Poker With a Big Stack
    hold that hand flat calling might still be your best option When you get to 200 big blinds and above even the mighty KK is no longer a fist pump and you may want to take the same precautions before screaming all in Stack size is not the only factor to consider though Take a good look at your opponent your position the meta game and prior actions In general when you are holding a premium hand that isn t AA think carefully about whether you would be comfortable stacking off before you 3 bet or 4 bet Position The deeper the stacks the more important position is You ll want to tighten up UTG and open more hands from the button We can flat more in position and should flat less out of position Post flop When we have a draw to the nuts we want to play it very aggressively We can play aggressively with considerably less outs than we normally would as our implied odds and fold equity will be better in a deep pot The reverse applies when our outs are tainted As2s on a KcKsQs board is not something we want to 3 bet the flop with when a lot of the hands that stack off for 300 big blinds will have us drawing dead Think about how uncomfortable you would feel in the villain s shoes when you are raised out of position playing for three buyins Threaten your opponent s entire stack and expect great fold equity Facing 3 bets In position we can flat 3 bets much wider than we could when we were 100 big blinds deep Once again we are favouring hands like A9 suited over KQ offsuit You can generally set mine 3 bet pots to your heart s content when deep enough 4 betting When your opponent s stacking range is tighter you can expect your 4 bet bluffing to become far more profitable You can 4 bet bluff far more often with hands that are not strong enough to flat a 3 bet Axo Kxo make very good candidates as they halve the likelihood of villain having AA KK respectively A word of warning your stacking range has also narrowed yet your bluffing range has increased a strong observant opponent can and will exploit this If you feel your opponent has adjusted and started 5 bet bluffing you will need to calm down on the 4 bet bluffs and extend your value range Whether you have 250 big blinds or not with the right history AK can suddenly be a viable stacking option once again It also goes without saying don t 4 bet bluff fish Deep Stacked Poker Example Hands Let s look at some examples of how deep stack strategy can be put to use Remember the main concern is your opponent so it is their actions and their meta game that are going to primarily determine what you are going to do Example 1

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  • Low Stakes Sit N Go (SNG) Poker Tournament Strategy
    blind If you don t hit the flop it s ok to let these hands go because you haven t invested too much in the pot When you hit top pair with any of the aforementioned hands you will almost always have the best hand and should feel comfortable playing it for all your chips in most situations Someone people will disagree with me here but the level of play in these tournaments is quite poor especially at the lower buy in levels and you want to take advantage of this SNG Middle Rounds As the blinds go up your starting hand selection should change a bit Suited connectors are no longer profitable because not enough people are in the hand and the stakes are too large relative to people s stacks to be playing these hands Now you should tighten your standards up and playing the premium drawing hands and pairs 77 and bigger for a raise The blinds become bigger and there is nothing wrong with taking down an uncontested pot at this stage in the game If you have a well above average stack you can afford to wait for premium holdings However if you are about average in terms of chip count you will need to play some hands to build your stack Remember that you don t need pocket aces to go all in pre flop against a raise I would advocate being willing to move in with any pocket pair of tens or higher or Ace King and Ace Queen at this stage of the game depending on your stack These are strong hands and will often be a favorite if your opponent calls Additionally your opponent will often fold and you build your stack without having to show down the hand Let s take a look at why this approach is good Let s say you are on the button with pocket tens The blinds are 100 200 and you have 900 chips There are six players left A player in middle position with 1400 chips makes a minimum raise to 400 If you just call it s difficult to navigate the flop because there might be overcards However you are committing a large portion of your stack by calling in the first place so you really can t fold the hand Now let s say you move all in Your opponent must think about folding hands like Ax KQ and lower pocket pairs which leaves you in great shape Sometimes he will call with these hands because of the pot odds and you are in great shape to double up You are slightly ahead of hands like AK and AQ and the dead money from the blinds makes this even more profitable for you The only hands that you really don t want to be up against are JJ AA This is why it s better sometimes to just move in with a reasonably strong holding then to see a flop Late

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  • Tight Aggressive Poker - Playing Tight & Aggressive Poker
    only two of you in the pot The small blind calls and the flop is 9h 8d Jh The small blind then checks to you Question number 1 Do you bet If you could see your opponent s cards and knew that he had missed the flop completely the answer would obviously be yes If you knew that he was holding a pair you probably would not Well one time in three with random cards your opponent will have made a pair on the flop And this means that one time in three you will probably make a mistake in this situation And mistakes as we have already mentioned cost you money Still not convinced OK let s continue the scenario and assume you bet in this position Your opponent check raises you Question number 2 Uh oh now what Your opponent could now be holding a wide range of hands He could be saying no way to your flop bet believing you to be making a continuation bet with a hand like A K Or he could get tricky and be semi bluffing with a hand containing a 10 or maybe two hearts He could even be taking a stab at the pot with absolutely nothing like 52 Now do you see how hard it is not to make mistakes This is why is important to play tight Your decisions become easier and easy decisions result in fewer mistakes and therefore waste less money Yes you may fold hands which are winners but it is better to make a small pre flop mistake than a big post flop one The ability to play marginal hands well is the hallmark of an expert poker player and even they are not immune to costly screw ups Stick to premium hands and play tight aggressive Your bankroll will thank you Changing gears Your opponents are going to be watching you just as closely as you are watching them and it won t take them long to pick up on your tight aggressive style Therefore it is a good idea to keep changing your playing style to prevent them from spotting patterns that they can exploit This will enable you to become a constant winner In addition some players will take offence at your aggressive play considering it a personal insult against them They may play back at you constantly or wait to trap you with a check raise Remember most profit comes from tables where people are having fun so don t keep beating up the same player and don t let it get personal If you keep changing gears throwing in some loose play along with your standard tight aggressive style you should be able to keep your opponents guessing and keep your profits at a maximum Timing is everything Understanding when to get aggressive and when to let go is fundamental to this style of play We are therefore going to wrap up with two examples that should serve to

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  • Reasons for Betting in Poker - When to Bet in Online Poker
    the dead money We could have the best hand or the worst hand it doest matter we bet because there is money already in the pot that we want to win Taking down the dead money is very important often times we will have a hand such as ace high or king high on a dry board that has some form of show down value A lot of beginner and intermediate players make a mistake of trying to get to showdown Its important to bet in these spots to fold our our opponents equity share So for example We have a7 and raise pre flop on the button our opponent calls with QJ from the big blind and the flop comes down K 5 2 rainbow In this spot some people may be inclined to check back but its clearly a mistake our opponents 6 outs are an equity share and by betting we take down the dead money and fold out his equity share Sometimes people are faced with a decision of whether they should bet or not they argue they should check in certain spots when they have showdown value and no worse hands will call In these spots you should often bet because your opponent will fold a high enough percentage of the time for the bet to be profitable and take down the dead money So for example you could a player could raise on the button and you 3 bet pocket Jacks from the small blind your opponent calls The flop comes down A K 4 rainbow In this spot if you bet your opponent is not calling with pocket tens or pocket nines however your opponents range may be wide enough that by betting you will take down the pot a huge portion of

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  • Online Poker Table & Game Selection Strategy & Guide
    even more valuable is that the players to his left are both tight regulars Ideally you want the tight players on your left and the loose players on your right The worst seat at the table is seat 3 The reason for this is that the fish now have position on you and you will have to play most of your pots out of position against them If I was seat 3 though I wouldn t be too bummed because this is an excellent table with 3 seemingly weak opponents Any winning player should make profit from any seat located on a table like this Factors that make a good table High players to the flop percent Most poker lobbys show you how many players go the flop In general the tables with the highest seen flop percentages are the juiciest tables The reason for this is that in general winning players tend to play a tight aggressive style whereas losing players tend to play a loose passive style The higher the seen flop percentage the more likely there is to be multiple loose losing players at the table Large pot size This is an interesting statistic A high average pot size basically shows that the pots played at the table in recent history have been large pots Tables with multiple regulars tend to have low average pot size because most pots are won preflop or on the flop unless multiple regulars have a strong holding you are unlikely to see large pots However fish tend to call alot of bets so the pots tend to be larger This indicator is not foolproof but is a fairly accurate indicator that a table may contain fish or is a soft table If you combine the players to flop percentage with the pot size if both appear to be relatively large compared to the other tables chances are it might be a good table Waiting list size If there are multiple players on a waitlist chances are that the table is soft because other regulars have spotted it and have gotten on the wait list Try and get on the waitlist early because if you are 4th or 5th on the waitlist the chances of you getting a seat on the table before the huge fish busts his bankroll are slim Players stack size Regulars or winning players tend to buyin for 100 big blinds and have the auto reload function on Weak players tend to buy in for less So if you have a player with 40 90 big blinds on a table they usually tend to be a weaker player Be careful though at mid stakes you get alot of professional short stackers who buyin for the 20 big blind minimum and usually leave the table once they have 40 big blinds Ideally I try to avoid the short stackers and play 50bb minimum tables so I don t have to play short stackers since they destroy your edge against

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  • Poker Fold Equity - How To Capitalize on Fold Equity in Poker
    fold equity you have the less pot equity you need for your bet to be profitable Inversely the more pot equity you have the less fold equity you need for your bet to be profitable The reason why semi bluffing in poker is profitable is because you capitalize on your fold equity and combine it with your pot equity Quantifying and capitalizing on fold equity One key way to quantify how much fold equity you have is by looking at and understanding your opponents poker tracker statistics Remember when using any stats for making a decision in poker make sure you have a large enough sample of hands The profitability of a preflop steal from late position can be figured out by looking at your opponents defend rate from the small and big blind Or even simpler by looking at there VPIP PFR and 3 bet percentage you can get a basic idea how often your opponent will fold call or raise your steal The profitability of a preflop 3 bet and 4 bet can be figured out by looking at your opponents fold to 3 bet 4 bet percentage from that position The profitability of a continuation bet can be figured out by your opponents fold to continuation bet percentage The profitability of your double barrel triple barrel can be figured out by your opponents fold to turn river bet percentage Remember nothing is static in poker so fold equity can be increased or decreased based on almost everything For example the turn and river cards can greatly increase or decrease your fold equity Good turn cards such as over cards are great to double barrel as the preflop raiser However cards pairing any card on board are bad to double barrel and decrease your fold equity On the

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