Anyone who wishes to make money at online poker will want to increase the odds of winning at their favorite site. How can you do this? There are a number of steps you can take, but the most important of these is understanding the ins and outs of poker chip sets. When choosing a poker chip set you need to make sure that you consider several factors in choosing the right chips.
In the early stages of an online poker tourney the blinds are small and you may be able to get by with just a few chip stacks. In these early stages you can also afford to be somewhat tight with your hands. The reason for this is that the bulk of your stack will consist of the small and medium pocket pairs. It is easier to get these smaller denomination chips into the pot when you have a strong hand.
Small and Medium Pairs
If you are playing a cash game with blinds, the best denomination for these chips is .25 cents. However, online poker rooms changed the chips to .50 cents. This is a substantial increase in value.
As your poker tournament nears the stage where it takes place in a live poker casino, you will want to loosen up your play a bit. If you have a good hand, you want to get into the hand as cheap as possible. The reason for this is that by getting into the hand cheap, your opponent will have to as well.
The opposite effect to that would be if you are playing online and your opponent calls your raise or re-raises. In this situation, you don’t want to push too hard because you are behind in cards. You want to see the flop as cheap as possible.
Small and Medium Pocket Pairs
In the early stages of a poker tournament you want to play these pairs as aggressively as you can. You will only be in small hands but there is no point in letting someone with a better hand beat you. If you hit the flop in relatively good position, you will usually get paid off aggressively.
If you are in someones stack, and you have a smaller stack then you can check-raise. This play against smaller stacks is rarely used, but it can still be very profitable. If you hit a set, you will usually be paid off aggressively. The small pair can also be used to steal blinds if you are in the right position.
The end game of a poker tournament is played with blinds. As you are playing during the later part of the tournament, most of the time you won’t need cards to win. In the beginning you should be holding on to your AA or KK cards for protection. Once others play fairly tight, you can get into a hand with a bonus bring-in or button. You can use the small blind button to get in with just about any two cards.
The best way to use the small blind button is to steal the blinds with small pairs. When you see the blinds step up near the money, you can see these small pairs become more powerful. With a small pair, you need either a high card or a set to dominate the flop. The closer you get to the money the better. If you aren’t sure what to do with a small pair, go to the button and steal the blinds to build your stack for the later part of the tournament.
If you are sitting to the left of the big blind, you want to steal the blinds when your on the button. You always want to have control of the hand, as in not even be that player that calls the raise. If you are sitting in front of the small blind, you don’t even need a hand to win the blinds. Usually you will want to be in late position and under the gun (first to act).
In the middle of the tournament, when you have made it into the last 5 players, you will want to play even more tight. With everyone tightening up, people are playingleys, and you want a pair of aces or higher to have a fighting chance. When your holding suited cards, even in a face card, you will have a better chance of getting a showdown and players don’t like taking non-action cards to the showdown. You can also benefit from not playing against anyone who holds a low or medium pair. The chances of picking up a bluff or three of a kind are much higher in these situations.
As the blinds and antes increase, in late position, you want to add a wild card or two into your hand at this stage. You will also want to have a side card to the flop or a low to middle pair.