Learning to observe your opponents in a poker game is perhaps the most critical skill a poker player can learn when they are playing online poker. Why should one observe the opposition? Because inside of every hand – even hands you’re not involved with – there are cues and hints to what other players may or may not be holding in later hands.
Learning how other players react to certain hands and situations helps you gain insight into how they may play in a similar hand later.
Taking these observations and applying them to your play allows you to make more thoughtful decisions in the course of a game.
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Betting on the river is the best place to focus on other players’ actions as it’s generally when the most thought goes into how a hand is played. Seeing that another player makes semi-bluffs when certain hands are in play gives you the opportunity to push them out of a hand through careful betting, or you can let them continue to add to the pot as they chase cards that may or may not be coming, and this is just one way that observing the opposition can help you.
You can keep notes on other players using Bodog’s software, and the more notes that you get on each player, the more information you have for later games.
You’ll want to keep the fact that you’re under observation in mind during play, as well – they have the ability to collect information on you and you’ll want to take steps to switch up your game every so often.
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Born: October 4, 1984 – Philadelphia, PA
Home: Las Vegas
Occupation: Professional poker & online poker player
Education: Kutztown University – Speech/Mass Communications Major, Political Science & Public Relations Minor
Claim to Fame: Befriended female poker pro Anna Wroblewski at the Aussie Millions, then moved out to Las Vegas with Wroblewski, who trained her and staked her and together they shared a condo owned by Anna’s friend, poker pro Barry Greenstein.
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