Posted: 03.06.2015, 05:15 Post subject: A deeper Look at Online Poker Game Strategy
A deeper Look at Online Poker Game Strategy
To better explain what game strategy is in online poker then it may be better to use an analogy with a game like casino blackjack. Clearly in all games then there are various players’ at all different levels of knowledge and sophistication. In casino blackjack then we can start at the very bottom with the players who although may be experienced do not have a game that is grounded in mathematics and game theory. In short then these players can be said to be at level 0.
We are all aware of the poker equivalent of these players. However level 0 players also come in all shapes and sizes from outright novices to people that have been playing the game for a long time. In online poker then a level 0 player can go all the way from an outright beginner to someone who has been playing the game for years that is still losing money and –EV.
In casino blackjack then the big quantum leap forward for any player comes when they learn basic strategy.
This catapults them above the other players who are not playing this way. In fact learning a few simple charts can actually catapult a player above someone else that could have been playing the game for years. So learning basic strategy takes a player from level 0 to level 1 and this can happen also in online poker and usually takes place when a player learns ABC or a very close approximation of it.
It will then become obvious to many of you that being at level 1 is not going to make you rich in poker or blackjack. In blackjack then level 1 cannot get you an edge against the house and that is the small difference with online poker. Being a level 1 player in online poker and playing ABC and nothing else cannot ultimately succeed against other level 1 players and can only make money against level 0 players. In years gone by then these players could be found at much higher levels but that is no longer the case.
So this then means that you need to do two clear things to be able to really start to make any headway with regards to being able to make money playing online poker. This is to both learn level 1 basic strategy which in this case is ABC solid poker and the second is to identify when your opponents are at the same level so that you can adjust. Once you move beyond micro stakes levels in online poker then level 1 is the norm and is pretty standard.
Players will not be playing the same basic strategy but they will all have pretty close approximations of it ingrained by many hours of practice. This means that in order to proceed then you need to exploit level 1 by moving to level 2. However more and more players are doing the same thing and level 2 is becoming pretty standard now in many games.
This then brings up a requirement to move to level 3 which is still doing very well as we speak. Level 3 in online poker can be summed up in one clear example and is a strategy that exploits the players that are looking to exploit you by them moving from level 1 to level 2 game strategy.
Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at 888poker.
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