Texas Holdem Poker

Common Online Poker Mistakes

There are some mistakes that you are more likely to make whilst playing poker online than in a bricks and mortar casino, or at home with a few friends. In this article, I will go over a few of these common mistakes and ways in which to avoid them.

  • Playing a game that has the limit set too high
    You will find that the better players play games with higher limits. Therefore, when you are starting out stick to games with low limits until you start to win. Also be aware that internet poker is far more efficient than being in a casino, meaning that you are likely to get though three or four times as many games in a given time. This could lead to you losing three or four times as much money.
  • Playing a game that has the limit set too low
    In online poker, you can play games with really low limits, eg $0.01/$0.02 holdem. Whilst such limits can be useful whilst you are learning, they encourage a "devil may care" attitude that will not be appropriate when you start to play higher limit games and care more about the money you are losing. In any case, it is not a good idea to get into the habit of losing money even when the stakes are low. Find a table where the limit is low enough to not frighten you, but high enough to make you keen to win.
  • Playing Too Fast
    Don't be tempted to make your decisions too quickly. You have a timer - as long as you make your decision within the allotted time you do not need to feel pressurised into making it any more quickly.
  • Playing without giving the game your full concentration
    You know the situation - you're at the computer, the phone rings and it's your mum who's not spoken to you for ages. You can't say "Not now mum, I'm playing internet poker, I'll call you later". So you attempt to talk to your mum and play online poker. You will lose. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  • Playing without fully understanding the game
    You may have played with a few friends and watched WSOP. Don't be fooled into thinking that you are now an expert. Read some books, browse the internet, learn about strategy - then you will have far more chance of winning.
  • Playing too long at the wrong table
    You may be playing at a table where you just lose, lose and lose some more. It is time to take flight and either take a break or move to a table with different players, who are hopefully worse than you.
  • Relying too much on odds
    Poker is more than a game of numbers. Yes, the odds calculators are very useful. However, there are other factors to take into consideration in this strategic game, which can on occasions outweigh the odds.
  • Using the Autoplay Function
    The autoplay function is there to speed up the game. However, it does not take into account the betting before you, the speed of play and the size of the pot.
Tip: If you are used to playing poker in a bricks and mortar casino, you should play at a table where the
limits are half the amount that you are used to, until you get used to the speed of the online game.