While there are no shortage of strategy videos and online poker training sites to teach players how to make better decisions on the digital felt, few players are aware of the steps they can take to make more money online before they even site down to play. By taking advantage of these basic tips, you can greatly increase your chances of success.
1. What is a Winrate?
If you’ve spent any time playing poker online, you know that your winrate is an expression of how much money you are making overall. Your winrate is usually expressed as big blinds/100 hands (or BB/100).
For example, a player who plays 200nl and has a winrate of 2bb/100 is making $4 every 100 hands they play. This is because $2 is the Big Blind at 200nl. While this isn’t much, you can see how improving your winrate just a little will lead to more money won over time, making it all the more important to maximize it where possible.
2. Stop Evaluating Based on Results
One of the most common mistakes made by beginning players is the use of results-based thinking. This occurs when someone assumes they made the right play or made what they feel is a lot of money in a hand. Instead, focus on making the right decisions and letting the chips fall where they may. Over the long run, solid decision making trumps luck.
3. Study Away From the Table
One of the most important things you can do is objectively analyze your hands played after each session when possible. This allows you to take another look at your hands and the decisions you made. You should take notes on what you did vs what you should have done. Try to identify spots where you could have made more money in a hand and what the optimum decisions were in key spots of your session. If needed, have a friend help you, as a second pair of eyes also helps.
4. Eat Right
It might sound silly, but the reality is that what you eat has a dramatic effect on your mental focus and performance when playing live or online. If you’re planning on playing for several hours, you’ll want to consume healthy, vitamin-rich snacks that provide lasting energy as opposed to fatty foods and sugar-filled beverages.
When combined with practice and experience, these tips are a great way to help you maintain focus and start making more money at the tables.