Many poker enthusiasts do not like to play online video poker because they seem a depersonalized version of the game where they cannot read their opponents directly. And they are right, on one hand. But, on the other hand there are many subtle tells in the online game and whoever notices them gains a strategic advantage. Most clues show us whether the opponent is a recreational or regular player. With this information received early in the game, we can make more effective decisions in the game against him. Here are the most relevant hints to consider about online poker opponents, when talking about betting.
The size of post-flop bets in video poker games
Regulars who know the game will rarely make disproportionate postflop bets, especially too small bets. They will bet more than half the pot or more. But amateurs do not understand the math of the game and I do not know how bad a little bet, for example. They will bet a bit, sometimes even a single post-flop blind – and this is a huge hint that you have to deal with a weak opponent.
Stack size and auto-rebuy
Another common feature in online poker is whether or not the opponent has the maximum possible stack at the table, and whether he has set his software to automatically rebuy him to 100 blinds (or the maximum allowed). Typically, regulars will buy the maximum coins and reload automatically. The reason is simple: they have the right bankroll for that stake, know they know the game and have the interest to have as much money in front as possible to maximize their potential winnings. Amateurs, on the other hand, do not usually have enough money for the stake they play and will load “as they have”. They will also reload manually when the stack will drop them down – not automatically after each hand.