Playing cash poker can be confusing by itself. For new players, it can be a whirlwind of frustration. Many factors are dealt into each hand. Winning the game can often depend on luck. However, consistent win streaks by players who make a living with poker, know that luck runs out eventually. Therefore, players that win consistently, have planned those wins.
Poker is actually the name for several variations of card games. The constant being the ranking of winning hands. In other words, a straight flush will always beat 4 aces, no matter if playing 5 card draw, stud, holdem, etc.
When seeking cash games, players should stick with 1 or 2 variations. Bankroll management must be applied. Dedication, persistence, and many hands will determine your success. Playing live games or online poker is also different. Most definitely, online players will see more hands compared to live games. An example is online averages 80-100 hands dealt per hour at one table. Online players can have several tables going at the same time.
Many live casinos offer holdem cash games. Several casinos do not offer no limit, as an option. $3/6 or $2/10 may be common, especially at smaller facilities. These types of games can be difficult to earn, for the simple fact: it’s hard to get opponents to fold, because the pot grows fast, and not that expensive to stay in or chase the river.
What could have been a strong hand on the flop… like a straight… can be expensive. As you bet, the opponent calls. On the river comes the flush. You spent money each round, just to lose it on the last card.
My rule of thumb… I either fold or raise. I stick with no limit holdem. I never leave the table until I’m ahead financially. My bankroll allows me to sit all day if necessary. However, I usually find a few hours playing satisfactory. Often, a player’s ego is their demise. Do not be embarrassed to play smaller stakes. Many advantages to playing those tables, online or live. I’m not going to give away all my secrets, because I may be sitting across from you at the table. :p Good luck!