beauty of online poker games is that on the surface
it is a game of utter simplicity, yet beneath the
surface it is profound, rich, and full of subtlety.
Because its basic rules are so simple, anyone can
learn online poker games in a few minutes, and novice
players may even think they're pretty good after a
few hours. From the expert's point of view, the veneer
of simplicity that deludes so many players into thinking
they're good is the profitable side of the games beauty.
It doesn't take long for pool players or golfers to
realize they're outclassed and to demand that a match
be handicapped, but losers in online poker games return
to the table over and over again, donating their money
and blaming their losses on bad luck, not bad play.
It's true that in
any given session the best of players can get unlucky.
Going into the final day of the 1981 world championship
of online poker games, Bobby Baldwin of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
had a substantial lead over the eight other surviving
players. Within a couple of hours he had two hands
beat when his opponents outdrew him on the final card
on 21-to-1 shots. Suddenly he was out of the tournament.
Coincidentally, in both hands Baldwin's opponent needed
one of the two remaining queens among the 44 unseen
cards, and he got it.
However, it is more
likely for a good player like Baldwin to suffer these
bad beats, as they are called, than for an average
player or a weak player to suffer them. "We've
heard good players complain to me about how they get
drawn out on all the time," Baldwin said after
the 1981 tournament. "But if they want to better
their games and better their emotional state while
playing, they should realize it's a mirage. If you
are an excellent player, people are going to draw
out on you a lot more than you're going to draw out
on them because they're simply going to have the worst
hand against you a lot more times than you have the
worst hand against them. There's no way you're going
to draw out on anybody if you don't get all your money
in there on the worst hand."
As Baldwin implies,
expert players do not rely on luck. They are at war
with luck. They use their skills to minimize luck
as much as possible. They figure they're getting the
best of it, and they leave lucky draws to their weaker
opponents. To the extent that they are getting the
best of it, they will win more often than they lose.
Over the long run everybody gets the same proportion
of good and bad cards, of winning and losing hands.
Beginning online poker games players rely on big hands
and lucky draws. Expert online poker games players
use their skills to minimize their losses on their
bad hands and maximize their profits on their big
hands. They also are able to judge better than others
when a big hand is not the best hand and when a small
hand is the best hand.
Whatever your level of play, the succeeding pages
will introduce you to theories and concepts of online
poker games that will eliminate your reliance on luck
and lead you to become an expert who relies on his
skills. For above all, you must remember that online
poker games is not primarily a game of luck. It is
a game of skill.