Here is an interesting online poker scenario. You get off of work and decide to play a little poker, login to your account at BadBeatsforYou.com and throw your money down. Now you know because you have read it in every book that the first thing to do when sitting at a new table is to play tight, and learn everything you can about your opponents right? Perfect.
So you sit tight, make some good out of position lay downs, pick up some information on a few players, and start to get a feel for the table. As you are doing this, you notice two or three players leave and their empty seats are filled with new players. A few minutes later, another player leaves and gets replaced.
About every five minutes, another player goes and another new player arrives. Before you know it, you are sitting at almost an entirely new table, with players you do not know anything about. In online poker, especially micro & low-stakes, there is a constant flow of traffic in and out of the rooms. It is something we like about the online game, but it can also cost us a lot of money. What do you do about it?
Well, in order to have any type of information about a player whom you’ve never seen before, you have to look first and foremost at the level you are playing. Would you not agree that the average player at a $.01/.02 NL hold’em game is less experienced and therefore less skillful than a player at a $2/$4 game? If you are a brand new player, what levels are you starting at…$10/$20? Not likely.
But, if you learn to play a good game and make some money aren’t you more likely to move up than if you lose every time you play? Of course, so we can then make the generalization that most players at higher limits have more experience and are more likely to be better players than those playing low-limits. This of course does not mean that everyone at the lower levels is a bad player.
To help us develop the proper stereotype, we have to understand two things about them. First, who are we playing against? Second, why are they playing, what are they trying to achieve? Many players will fit into more than one category. For example, a college student may also be new to the game. However, there are plenty of new players who are not in college.
A quick profiling is the way to go if you want to beat the micro-limits and move up in stakes