The Biggest Secret of Online Poker

Erica Schoenberg

Of all the tips I've received during my three years of playing poker online, only one stands above the rest - have patience. Patience is what will make or break Internet players and bring in the money.

It is common to occasionally encounter cold runs of cards for weeks, and a good poker player learns how to ride it out. A general poker rule is that playing too high of a limit will bust you really fast, but playing impatiently will bust you even faster.

Professional Poker Players Are Extremely Patient
You won't find a professional poker player who's impatient because poker is a game won over the long run. There's just enough luck involved in poker to keep the fish coming back, but the best players know the game comes with more highs and lows than the stock market and the most rewarding plan is to stay steady and play consistently.

I've heard that it can take over 1, 400 hours of play before you can expect to make a profit. While I don't believe this is completely true, I do believe that poker should be taken month by month. If you played well and consistently, each month should return a profit.

Occasionally, you'll have a horrible streak and may lose for the month. If you find yourself losing month after month, ask yourself if patience could be your problem.

There are two types of impatience:

  1. Betting too much on busted hands
  2. Playing too many hands

Betting Too Much on Busted Hands
Even if you only play the best hands, you can still be impatient. You could be putting too much money in on busted hands. For example, say you raise kings and receive three callers. You see an ace hit the flop and bet anyway. You get re-raised and know you're beat. Good players know to lie this down. Impatient players won't recognize that their hand is busted, and will keep playing it as if it's the nuts.

While you want to push good hands hard, you never want to be dead money. If you totally miss your flop with ace-king, don't go crazy; live to fight another day.

Playing Too Many Hands
You could also be playing too many hands. Staring at your computer screen for an eight hour session of poker can be boring. This causes some people to get tired and loosen up their playing too much; it becomes easier to click the call button rather than stay alert in the game.

The best advice I have for combating the fatigue and boredom that can accompany long poker sessions, is to only play when you're alert since it's your best defense against new players. Otherwise, you'll most likely become uninterested in playing your best poker and look for luck as the way out. Learn to log out or leave the casino when you feel tired.

See you at the tables.

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dirtbag 2011-07-30 13:01:33

yesterday 23th of 4357 players. Dont fall for the rigged story's. That are just losers that are to lazy or dumb to learn about the game.

xVin_Dieselx 2011-01-03 04:18:52

finished 41st out of 3600

xVin_Dieselx 2011-01-03 02:48:06

Like it. I am currently seating at rank 32 of a 3600 entrants in a gurranteed $10,000 prize pool. I have only been playing for about 5 days with real money at fulltilt.com. The only experience that I had playing texas no limit holdem is at FACEBOOK. lol I tried playing the shootout tournament at FB and since I won atleast 3X for 500K chips I figured to try online. So far ive been studying the game and this is a really a good blog specially for amateurs like me. I hope I win today. Wish me luck! CHEERS!

jim kitterman 2010-02-07 20:06:57

As for "RNG checked by reputable firms", most reputable firms are not offshore. Such a statement would likely be made by someone employed by a poker website. I play online poker a lot, but no one should blindly believe that these are reputable firms or that they are audited by reputable firms. The proof is in the press. Big popular sites have been caught cheating. Check it out....

Gregory 2009-05-29 03:04:00

Are main focus here is winning strategy in playing poker. I think people here are debating right now.

By the way, based from the article, I don't feel exactly the excitement if I go through online gaming. I mean, less challenge with a little fun comparing to a real poker house play. That's why I do go out for a play rather than wasting time sitting without any companion beside you.

Craig Ellis 2009-05-26 18:18:00

Mr Pokerstar,

What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things i have ever heard. At no point in your rambling incoherent response were even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

pokerstar 2009-05-24 12:31:00

If what valcarde says is true, why does poker stars go through periods of time where you will see so many quads its unreal.. then the new software comes out and the quads are basically gone.

If you don't see these trends in their software updates you aren't playing enough. They got big names on their site but that could be part of it.

Pokerstars is offshore england, and english/european players get all the cards, while american players don't. Pokerstars is part of the conspiracy to take all the money away from Americans so that China can invade it and put its inordinant amount of people in a new spot.

GC 2009-02-08 00:05:00

Hey guys i have a question , I just started playing on line and i understand that yes patience is very important , but it is normal to actually have to wait sometimes maybe up to 25 hands dealt before you pick up 2 decent cards to play ????? I am new to the on line scene and just wanted some feedback on this ...

Sean Lind 2008-07-08 19:13:00

Poker sites all have a cap on the rake. They take X% up to a set "capped" amount. Creating more action doesn't get them any more rake money once they've hit that cap. Depending on the limit you play, the cap can be reached in as few as one bet and call.

Valcarde 2008-07-07 02:25:00

The above comment is so full of trash it's it's own landfill.

Most gaming sites will have their RNG checked by reputable firms: After all, if it's found out that they have a jinky RNG for the games, how much business will they still have?

Is it really worth losing their entire playerbase just for a few extra bucks in rake?

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