Over the past few years there have been frequent discussions on poker forums and amongst players about whether or not the “games are dying.”
While it would be impossible to argue that games have gotten tougher to beat, it’s far more accurate to say that online poker is evolving – NOT dying. So rather than asking yourself if the games are dying, it’s a lot wiser and more profitable to ask if YOU are evolving alongside the games.
What can you do to keep up?
To stay ahead of opponents, there are a number of things every online poker player should do. First of all, engage in frequent discussions with other players. Pick apart the details of hands, and leave no detail untouched. Sometimes the biggest problems with your game can be things you take for granted. For example, you may look back at a hand where you had to make a particularly tough decision on the river without thinking enough about what happened before that put you in that situation.
Secondly, make use of training tools available online. While books can improve your game, they’re static and aren’t updated frequently. Content found on training sites and forums is put out all the time and much more up-to-date. You should also use poker HUD software like PokerTracker or Hold’em Manager to analyze your game and gain useful statistics about the tendencies of your opponents.
Finally, make sure you’re playing with rakeback and taking full advantage of poker room VIP
systems! It’s impossible to stress this enough – for many high-volume players, rakeback can actually make the difference between a losing and winning player. It’s also important to take advantage of promotions that online poker rooms offer. If you don’t do these things, you’re simply leaving cash on the table.
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