Poker Table Game Selection – “Your Key To Poker Profits”

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Choosing which poker table to play at, also known as game selection, is 80% of becoming a winning poker player.

That is not just my opinion, all poker experts would agree with that statement.

You must consistently be playing against inferior opponents to become a long term winner.

Pick up any poker book written by an authority on the game and you will find many pages covering the importance of picking the right poker table (game selection) and the best seat, based on the characteristics of the players in the game.

Your winnings at the poker tables don’t come from your brilliant play, they come from your opponents mistakes.

How To Pick a Game

Experienced players look at many factors when choosing a poker table to play at. That’s because they have a good understanding of their own individual poker skills and have learned to recognize the table conditions that make a poker game profitable for them.

Ideal Game Conditions

You want to see lots of chips on the table, loose play (five or more players in every hand), players cold calling pre-flop raises and players joking and talking to each other having a good time and maybe a drink or two. And late at night where they might be tired and/or hungry.

That would be my ideal game. These players are playing too many weak hands, calling raises with inferior hands, not paying full attention to the game and are physically and mentally impaired. They’re making lots of mistakes that you can take advantage of.

When playing poker online that means playing late at night, especially on the weekends when people want to have some fun and have just cashed their pay-checks.

Poker Table Game Selection   Your Key To Poker Profits

Remember in North America west coasters are three hours earlier than their east coast counterparts, one of the reasons I love living on the Pacific.

In the lobby game statistics of your online poker site look for a high percentage of players seeing the flop and large pots relative to the stakes.

This tells you it’s a loose/aggressive game.

Beginners may want look for a loose/passive game (high percentage of players seeing the flop and small pots) where there isn’t too much raising going on, especially before the flop, this way you will not be forced to make a lot of critical decisions and possibly make costly mistakes.

Once you get some playing experience and have developed good judgment under aggressive game conditions you should seek out loose, aggressive games as they are much more profitable.

The swings in your bankroll will be greater, but the money will eventually flow from the poor players who make mistakes, to you, who is playing tight/aggressive, solid poker.

It always pays to watch a game for awhile before you take a seat whether you’re playing online or in your local card room.

Where you sit at a poker table matters.

You want loose and aggressive players to be on your right. Loose players enter a lot of pots and by having these players act before you it will allow you to gage the size of the pot and whether you’re getting descent pot odds to play drawing hands like J-10 suited.

Having aggressive players, who raise a lot, on your right gives you valuable information about how this poker hand will play out.

If you have a hand like ace-4 suited, a raise ahead of you could cause others to fold reducing the pot odds on your ace-4 which is a drawing hand that you would rather play cheaply against several opponents.

Receiving this information before it’s your turn to act allows you to make better decisions thereby saving you a lot of money in the long run.

It’s to your advantage to have tight players on your immediate left because when you’re on the button and it’s folded around to you, a raise with any two cards can very often steal the blinds. A raise from a tight player in early position should be a red flag that they have a premium hand. Proceed with caution.

When playing poker online or in a card room I spend a lot of my time looking for soft games, and so should you. The ability to find loose games will increase your bankroll more than any other poker skill.

The number one reason most people are lifetime losers at poker is because they play too many hands. These are the players you want at your table.