antes and blinds
How to select the right game at online poker
It is important to be in the right poker games for you. The games where you are comfortable and where you can earn good money.
Select the games that allow you to play your way, but give you the best chance to win. Here are a few pointers to find the right games:
- The lowest limits you can tolerate:
- The smallest antes or blinds.
- Lots of loose-passive players.
- No more than one loose-aggressive player.
- A large pool of players.
- A full table.
Why low limits and small antes or blinds? Generally, the lower the limits, the weaker the players. In the smallest games many players are loose and passive. In addition, most of them will not recognize your style or exploit your predictability, but the better players in the larger games will quickly identify and adjust to your style, turning you from a winner into a loser.
The ratio of antes to bets also favors you in the smallest stud games, but works against you in the larger ones. You are virtually unbeatable at the smallest stud games because there are no antes (or trivial ones), and the players are so loose. The one negative in the smaller games is that the rake is relatively high, but you still have the edge in them. Unless you play at some micro-limits games without rake.
As the game gets larger, the antes become a larger fraction of the bets, and the players get tighter and better. These changes cause your style to shift slowly from an asset, to neutral, to a liability.
The same process occurs more slowly in hold ‘em because the blinds are always about the same percentages of the bets.
A good idea is to play at an online poker room that has a lot of traffic and attracts plenty of new players with their promotions. This way you are guaranteed to find loose or new players who make mistakes while playing poker.
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