10 Tips for Playing Poker Online

Online poker has been around forever, but even today online poker games strip away the most interesting, the most valuable and the most entertaining part of sitting at a poker table: the people. The key difference between logging into your favorite poker app and sitting at a table with friends is that one of them focuses on the cards and the other focuses on the game. Think about it, in online poker you're left with your hole cards, the stacks, and the betting history of your opponent...and nothing else. Adding live streaming video to your online poker experience brings you back to the table and the live poker experience you love.

John Wallin
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Jun 17, 2022
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10 Tips for Playing Poker Online
Fun Country Live Video Poker
June 17, 2022
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Wait! I buried the lede. These are tips for playing free, live video online poker!

Online poker has been around forever, but even today online poker games strip away the most interesting, the most valuable and the most entertaining part of sitting at a poker table: the people. The key difference between logging into your favorite poker app and sitting at a table with friends is that one of them focuses on the cards and the other focuses on the game. Think about it, in online poker you're left with your hole cards, the stacks, and the betting history of your opponent...and nothing else.  Adding live streaming video to your online poker experience brings you back to the table and the live poker experience you love.

Old habits can be hard to break, so we're going to help you recalibrate your expectations and game for the new online poker reality. You know how to play poker, we’re going to remind you how to play poker live and in person.

10. Discipline

Every single person who has ever bellied up to the rail can tell you a bad beat story. What they almost never tell you are the stories when they put that bad beat on themselves. Watch PokerGo regularly and you'll see firsthand some of the best players in the game make questionable plays. What hope is there for the rest of us?

Playing Texas hold'em online without being able to see your opponent can make it easier to throw away weak hands out of position. Pulling up a chair (or your standing desk) to a Fun Country free video poker table puts you right in the action and the instinct to bluff, run your mouth and drag pots can be just as overwhelming as playing in a casino. Don’t be afraid to throw away a losing hand, and never let the fear of missing out on a big hand have you throwing good money after bad.

9. Fix Your Hair

This is really one for the rest of the table. We're playing live, the least you can do is run a comb through your hair and put on a nice shirt, Eric. You weren't raised in a barn.

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Good grooming may not be important to you, but a strong poker mindset starts with carefully evaluating how you present at the table. When you're playing Texas hold'em live you care about your table image; when you play Texas hold'em live online you should too. That may mean cultivating an image as a loose player, a tight player, or a player with a man bun. Two out of three are acceptable; one of you needs to hit the barbershop. 

8. Get Your Bluffs In

No one ever took down a tournament without getting their chips in bad and walking away a winner.  You want to truly crush your opponent? To turn the volume up to eleven? You need to bluff effectively. But bluffing at the wrong time is the fastest way to lose your money. So how should you manage bluffing when your opponent can, you know, actually see you?

The most effective way to bluff in live video poker is the same as the poker room at your local casino: let your cards dictate if you’re going to bluff. This means bluffing with hands that have outs, helping you improve to the best hand on a later street. Tight bluffs like straight and flush draws are good, but just an overcard or two to the board can give you enough juice for the squeeze. 

7. Play With People

A lot of online Texas hold'em players fall into the pattern of playing multi-table, relying on optimal game theory while using tracking software to give them the biggest edge. There's probably a decent return to be had but you're living every inch of the grinder lifestyle. Poker is best when you play with people, have the opportunity to observe and play against the individual and not just their cards. 

Online poker with friends should focus on the friends part of the game. 

6. You Can Swim With The Fish Without Being One

Too often online poker players get reduced to being “tight aggressive” (TAG) players. PokerListings.com published seven ways to identify if you’re a Tag Fish (and how to exploit them) and the rules apply as much to home games as cash games. One sure sign of a weak player is how they handle their continuation betting. Using continuation betting and three betting can be profitable but if you’re doing it from the wrong position, or with the wrong hands, you’re going to be taken advantage of by sharper players playing better hands, from better positions, who have identified your weakness. Using c-bets only to fold at the first sign of adversity is a sure sign you’re the fish.

5. Defending Your Blinds

Listen to Daniel Negreanu: defend your blind, but don't overplay your hand. Getting a good price is always important, and having a strong presence when you're in the blinds is one of the keys to successful poker play. But in a live game - online or in person - knowing when the odds are in your favor is important. Defending blinds when there is an ante is even more important; additional money in the middle makes your call light work, provided you’re good at playing post-flop. Daniel walks you through the math in an excellent, short video on defending your blinds.

Playing post flop is a skill all its own. In a home game, you likely have a good read on your regular, weekly opponents. At a table full of strangers it can be harder to identify which players are equally skilled at playing their own cards as they are at playing you. By defending your blinds you’ll get good value to see a flop, and gain valuable information about the hands your opponent is willing to play. From there it’s just a matter of discipline.

As @RealKidPoker says "Play tighter against players you don't want to see flops against."

4. Trust Your Gut

Matt Affleck of PokerCoaching.com has been a professional player and coach for more than a decade. His writing on poker frequently cuts through the mechanism of playing poker to examine the reasons behind the decisions. Live poker, online or in-person, requires a careful decision-making process.

Learn to recognize what your gut instincts are. Practice a decision-making process that confirms your gut, rather than instantly acting on your gut. Recognize when your old, bad habits are creeping into your game and that you have not fully corrected them.

That gut confirmation can cut both ways but being aware of your thought process and doing the work - putting your experience and analysis first- to validate your initial judgment can help increase positive outcomes.

3. Know The Game

This one might sound silly, but you need to understand the differences between Texas hold’em, Omaha, 7 card stud, 5 card draw….the list goes on. Not only are the objectives of the game different but the betting and structure of the game can vary greatly. Online poker too frequently gets pigeonholed as No Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) and nothing else, but variation in online poker games should be expected!

If you’re getting ready to sit down at Omaha hi-lo make sure you’re familiar with the starting hands, and have a good strategy for playing early to get your feet under you. Playing premium hands well is going to be key to success in all formats, but knowing the difference between a good hand and a potential monster can help you capitalize even if you’re not getting in the optimal bets.

2. If You Set A Limit, Stick To It

Poker is fun. Regardless of the game, sitting down to a table with a group of friends, family, co-workers or fellow card enthusiasts can be an overwhelmingly positive experience. But online poker can also create a situation where you are putting more on the line than you intended, or are comfortable wagering. Free online poker is a great alternative to gambling, especially for home games and those who are still learning poker.

Watching tournaments on PokerGo is great and seeing big stacks build in front of your favorite (or new favorite) player is exciting. But what is often left on the cutting room floor is the discipline and management of the bankroll that lets them play in those big money games. In a casino you have the mental check-up of buying more chips but when you’re playing Texas hold’em online buying in for more can be a bit too easy. Set a limit. Track your buyins and rebuys. Stick to your limit. Otherwise, before you know it....it's gone.

1. Play In Good Games

Poker is best enjoyed at a great table. But a great table can be different every time - what does that mean to you? Big personalities? Lots of action? Bomb pots, straddles, side bets…a great table can come in all forms. 

Any smart player wants to enjoy the game as much as the action, just not as much as winning the game! The game, the stakes, and the structure all matter and so does the composition of your table. If playing with strangers makes you nervous, you’ll play scared and tight - dumping chips to more aggressive players. And if your home game has stakes that are out of your comfort zone it won’t matter how many best friends and bridesmaids are at the table, you’ll still be uncomfortable. Fun Country offers you the opportunity to control your club. Invite the players you want, set the chip stack and the blind structure. Oh, and you control the mics so be quick on the mute with anyone that gets out of line. Run a game your way every time, any time, with free online video poker on Fun.Country.

Play real-time poker with friends over video!

Fun Country is your digital game room. Invite your friends to come over and play.