Here’s a hypothetical question to determine whether or not you should use game selection. Would your rather (A) make $10,000 per month playing poker with players who are worse then you -or- (B) make much less or lose money by not worrying about your competition?
If you answered (A), then continue reading this article and I’ll explain how to maximize you winnings with game selection. If you chose (B)… well then please email me your username and the poker site you play on.
Poker game selection refers to taking extra time to find a table where you clearly have an edge. You don’t have to be a great player to win a lot of money in poker. You just need to be better then who you choose to play with.
Online poker makes game selection easy. You can monitor multiple games at once and view table stats from the lobby, such as the average pot size and players per flop. The games are usually best when these numbers are high, but you should still eye up the table before playing.
When selecting a table, look for players who are making mistakes that you can capitalize off of. You can usually get a good idea of how everyone is playing by watching for about 10 minutes. If you see players on tilt, calling stations, or money flying around everywhere then jump right in!
It’s also smart to keep notes on both the good players and the donkeys. This way you can open up a table, read whatever notes you have on the players, and have a good idea of their playing styles and tendencies.
And lastly, you should know that game selection is easy to learn, but really hard to follow. Be sure to always keep your self in check by asking yourself if you belong in the games you’re playing.