Most new poker players begin their journey into the game by playing on the small stakes.
While that is a good way to begin the game, it is not something you should continue for a long time if you want to make serious inroads into playing good , skill based poker. This is because at smaller stakes, one tends to not be careful of their betting sizes as the initial investment is low.
Hand reading in online poker is one of the most important skills required in poker.
This is hard work. It requires all your attention , your patience and you will need to make quick decisions to master this skill.
In this article, we will attempt at jumping into the complex world of poker hand reading techniques and figure out how to read an opponent’s hand taking into account all their tells.
Before we start, we need to address the two common misconceptions:
Myth 1 : All players on the table are ‘random’ and can have ‘anything’
It is true that there is some randomness to every player’s game strategy , however, it doesn’t stay that way too long.
Your opponents are can be truly arranged with their play, they could have “anything.” There are some hands that they will fold, and there are some hands they will never fold. Your goal is to assess their method or at least deduce enough about it to figure out how to capitalize on it. Remember this: There is always some method to their madness.
Myth 2. : Hand Reading is the answer to all the problems in poker
The second misconception is to do with the term “hand reading,” which is really a misnomer. As beginners, we are obsessed with only looking at OUR game and we tend to not look at the table and miss out key details about other players and their game strategies.
All good poker players know that to do well in poker your aim should always be to determine the hand ranges and not just read the hand of the opponent.
This means that you should not know only care about what exact possibilities your opponent has, but you must also worry about the possibilities and combinations that he could have and what move should be made by you to get the best average result against all of the possibilities.
Hand Reading in Poker
Consider the scenario where your opponents play half of the cards they’re dealt. How can you figure out what cards they have precisely? But there’s a probability of guessing a couple of important things about what they don’t have. Your opponents who will call with half their hands still fold the other half and that folding range might look like unconnected junk hands.
Your main objective while trying to read someone else’s poker hand , should not be to just figure out whether they have something even better and find a fold, but should also be able to compare it with your hand to see if it is weaker than yours. You need to be especially aware of the ‘tells’ when your opponents put money into the pot despite having a hand worse than yours.
Every once in a while, you’ll find that you’ve gotten outwitted, or that you were ahead and then got outdrawn on your turn. As long as you have accurately determined that you would usually be ahead when the money went in, then you did all the hand reading you need to do.
This is only the introduction to hand reading in poker. We’ll be back with a more detailed version very soon.