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By Shevaun Waters
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Online poker is the new kid on the block in terms of gambling, and make no mistake, there are going to be many new skills to learn for poker players used to a live environment.

The following tips are designed to help all online poker players play a better game:

Finding Your Limit

There are two factors in this important step – the first is your bankroll, the second is your level of skill. The idea is to find a limit that is not too high or too low, and remember that the higher the limit, the better or more wealthy the players.

If you’re an expert poker player, consider playing the second-highest limit game available. According to poker author and player Andrew Kinsman, this is a good strategy because the highest limit game will usually contain the best players at the room, whereas the “second-highest game will often contain players who are not good enough for the higher game and those who are stepping up from low limit games to ‘take a shot’ at a higher limit.”

Choosing Your Opponents

Watching the style of play of each opponent is important, and most online games allow you to watch before you play.

One thing to remember though, if you think you’ve figured out the player with the nickname HighLow, don’t forget that this player can easily change the nickname to something else, so your knowledge is only reliable if the player reliably keeps his or her nickname the same.

There are four basic types of players:
1. Loose-aggressive, which tend to see a lot of flops and have a high average pot size.
2. Loose-passive, which tend to see a lot of flops and have a low average pot size.
3. Tight-aggressive (usually experienced players), which tend to see few flops and have a high average pot size.
4. Tight-passive, which tend to see few flops but have a low average pot size.

First, figure out which one you are, and bear in mind that it’s hard to beat a tight-aggressive game. If your game is naturally aggressive, for example, it would be a good choice to hunt out the passive players and go after these pots.

Playing Time

It’s not wise to play in a rush, or when you only have 20 minutes – the pressure may mean that you’ll lose concentration and focus, and that means losing money. By the same token, playing too long will also lose you money, because there’s only a certain period of time in which your concentration is truly effective. Find your online poker comfort time-zone and stick to it.

Money Management

There are several schools of thought for managing your online poker bankrolls. One school says that you should decide your budget beforehand and stick to it in a kind of stop-loss policy. An article written by Annie Duke recommends a 30 big bet rule, or limiting your losses to 30 bets. This minimizes the risk inherent with the chance factor of poker, and maximizes the skill factor.

Both recreational and high stakes players can benefit from this advice.

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