Strategy - The Importance of Selection
One element of poker strategy that
is not often considered by beginning players is
the idea of good selection. Because selection
is not directly involved with the play of the
hand, it may seem less important as a part of
ones overall poker strategy. But just as
preparation is the most important part of almost
any project, selection is the key to success in
a poker game.
do we mean by selection as an element of poker
strategy? First of all, you have to evaluate your
own strengths and weaknesses. Very few players
are good at all forms of poker; therefore you
have to figure out which game suits you the best.
There are many different forms of poker: Holdem,
Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Five Card Draw etc. Choose
the game where you are better than your opponents,
you always have to look for an edge. When you
have selected which poker type you perform best
in you might want to consider what kind of betting
structure you want your game to have. Just because
they play No Limit Holdem on TV it doesnt
necessarily have to be your game of choice. Maybe
you would perform better if the game is played
with fixed or pot limit.
there is hand selection. If you enter a pot with
a better average hand than your opponents, you
have a built in advantage. Since a very small
percentage of poker hands are strong hands, you
should be playing very few hands; around 20 percent
of the hands you are dealt is ideal in most cases.
Of course you will adjust your hand selection
based on your opponents, but tight play is a way
to show immediate improvement in your results.
part of the poker strategy of selection is game
selection. If there is a choice of games, which
is almost always the case online, take a few minutes
to observe. Look for games with weak players,
or with styles that fit in with yours. If you
dont like to be bullied, find a passive
game. If you think you are skilled at post flop
play, look for a game with a lot of limping pre-flop.
Theres a game out there that is perfect
for you, go ahead and find it.
final aspect of selection poker strategy that
is rarely considered is selecting your seat at
the table. Money tends to flow clockwise around
the table, since betting takes place in a clockwise
fashion. For this reason you want looser, more
aggressive players on your right and tight players
on your left. Since the player on your right acts
first, you will know if you are likely to be challenged
by a loose player before you enter a pot. You
will also know if you can play a strong hand more
slowly as there may be more opportunities to trap
is an element of poker strategy that is rarely
considered, but can do wonders for your game.
Next time you are getting ready to play poker,
think about selection and see how it affects your