Poker Game Selection

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Acer ImageYou’ve probably heard it many times before from other players during your poker career. Game selection would have to be one of the most important aspects of being a winning cash game poker player, if not the most important factor!

When all is said and done, if you want to be a successful poker player and be a winner, you have to sit with players who are worse than you. Even the tenth-best poker player in the world would lose if he only sat in a game with the top nine. Too many players allow their ego to affect their judgment as to how good they think they are.

It’s crazy how one big tournament score or running good in cash games can help to inflate the ego. But unless you have an honest assessment of yourself as a player, you’ll only be kidding yourself if you think things are going to get better when the reality is you may not just be good enough to play in the games you’re playing, at least not yet.

However, one of the biggest advantages of playing online poker is that there are so many players entering into tournaments and giving action in cash games and obviously they cannot all be great players. So you should always be able to find a soft game to get your teeth stuck into. And unlike playing poker at a land-based casino or card room, you have the ability to get a general idea of the quality of the players at the table before you even take a seat.

All of the quality online poker rooms have detailed statistics in the games lobby, so you will be able to see everything as you glance over the stats for each table you are thinking of joining, including important statistics such as the average flop percentage, average pot size, the number of hands dealt in the previous hour, and the number of players seated at the table. Many of the poker rooms also have a waiting list to tell you how many players are waiting to join the table.

There are several methods to find good tables, but two of the table statistics does a far better job at gauging the looseness of the table. They are the viewed-flop percentage, which tells you the percentage of players who stay in the pot at least until there is a flop, as well as the average pot size numbers.

Both statistics you will see displayed in the poker room’s lobby, and the higher they are, the juicer the table will be. Any table that has a players/flop percentage of 50% or more would be a really juicy table you will want to play at, although that doesn’t mean you will not want to play at other micro stakes tables, as perhaps only one or two players are giving all the action.

So, the next time you sit down at a poker table, ask yourself “are you the sucker?”