Thursday, 19 October 2017
Friday, 06 June 2008 00:49

Game Selection

Choosing the right poker game is important.


Most people peg gambling as an endeavor of chance -- winning or losing entirely depends on luck. But on the contrary, there is as much thinking and skill involved in gambling as, say, business. One of today's most played game, poker, exemplifies this similarity excellently.

In business, the best way to secure an edge over your competitors is to invest in an emerging industry or a breakthrough product. Alternatively, it is also wise to start a business along the lines of your expertise. These two premises are also true in poker, particularly when implementing the game selection strategy.  

Game selection in poker refers not to choosing among variants like Omaha or Holdem but to picking out the right table and limit to play in. No matter which variant you choose, the game you select bears a major factor in your chances of winning. As such, it is important to know how to practice game selection and its effects on your game.

To start off, game selection only applies to poker games played in a multi-table setup since this allows for options. You can find a lot of these multi-table games in actual casinos and online poker rooms. Also, game selection means that you actually look to profit from playing poker instead of just doing so for entertainment.

Moving on to the first business premise -- the emerging industry. This translates to novices, or rather, playing with the newbies. If you frequent a particular poker room or casino, you'll know who are the big players and the experts. Expect that they also know you and have noted your playing styles and techniques. Don't bother with them unless you truly feel that you can compete at their level. Instead pick a table with novice players playing in the low-limits. Experienced players rarely visit low limit tables so you can have a field day teaching these novices a thing or two about poker while taking their money. Only, don't be too sure of yourself since one of these "novices" might be one just like you looking to cash on poker newbies.  

Second premise, your expertise. If you're an expert in computers, you'll be at home and likely prosper in the IT industry. Similarly, if you're used to no-limit games, you'll be more comfortable and likely to be in your element. Choose a table with a limit you are comfortable in then determine how passive or loose a it is before playing. Passive tables are usually more relaxed with lots of calls from the players resulting in a bigger pot. Keep your head in this game and you might just be in for the pot of the lifetime. Loose tables usually have players who play a lot of different hands which make them liable to raise or call. A looser and more passive table is usually good if you're looking for money games.

Aside from game selection, there are other poker strategies that you need to learn like changing pace and mind games. Sure, there are a lot of tricks but self-discipline and lots of practice are still your best bets to winning.