you have just started out at poker and are trying to choose
which tables you should to play at, this article aims
to help you choose what is best for you. It will outline
why a certain table might be better then another table
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I have read many articles and theories that promote the
idea that playing at a 6 player table (shorthand) is one
of the most profitable ways to play poker.
6 Player Poker Table Arguments in Favor:
main ideas behind are that for one, you get more action
as you are playing. So you should be able to make
more $ per hour.
of all you get to know the players you are playing
against a lot quicker (hence you can spot if someone
is on tilt, or if they are tight or aggressive).
it suits the aggressive player a lot better as your
weaker starting hands will have a higher chance of
beating off your opponents hands.
I totally disagree. As a beginner I would never, never,
ever recommend that you sit down to a 6 player table to
try and make some quick cash! You might think it will
work for you, but chances are you will get eaten.
main thing in poker that is needed is PATIENCE! As long
as you have heaps of this then you should be okay. I find
so many people that expect to sit down and double up within
a few hands. Let's say on a 6 player table that on average
you are going to get the strongest hand every 6 hands.
So if you play aggressive all the time then you will be
okay. This simply is not the case. Just because you are
on a 6 player table it does not mean you are going to
earn cash a lot quicker.
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pro's of a 10 player table:
Now I am going to apply this more to an Omaha situation
rather than Texas Holdem.
As a beginner you get to practice your patients skills.
When you are playing against 10 people then you will be
wanting to pay to see a pot on a very rare occasion when
you actually hit a good starting hand. You do not need
to rush into a hand that you think your not winning, because
chances are your not.
You will get to see more hands that other people play
and be able to access their skills. See if they are calling
pre-flop with hands that you would consider weak. Then
you will know that if you are up against them one on one
then your chances of winning are much better.
You can eliminate a bunch of medium strength hands that
you have to play with. I.e. In Omaha if you have a hand
that is A(d)K(h)4(S)4(C), and someone has raised before
you, then you can be confident to lay it down. The reason
being that the best 2 hands you can realistically hit
are a straight Ace-high or trip 4's. Which are both not
very good, because a 10 player table you are probably
going to go up against higher trips or a flush. I will
write another article on the matter of starting hands
in Omaha so look out for that.
The blinds rotate so slowly, every 10 hands... so all
you need to do is wait for the good hands. If you go in
with anything else then you will get beat and waste your
You can still do the same 'tricks' on a 10 player table
as you would on a 6 player table like steal the blinds
if no one has called and you are on the button. You can
still play position as you normally would, and it will
make you a stronger player as you have more odds to deal
you sit on a 10 player table and wait patiently for the
right hand and you hit then you are bound to be in the
money. This is the point where you can practice your skills
of setting other people up as best you can to pay you
as much as possible. You are basically waiting to hit
the nuts and then get someone to pay you for it. Whilst
on a 6 player poker table things can be a lot different.
Good players will constantly be stealing your blinds and
it is very easy to get into a muddle of weather they are
bluffing or whether they genuinely to have a good hand.
This occurs much less on a 10 player table.
friend of mine always said to me that the people winning
at omaha were the one's that knew how to play their 2
pair hands. A beginner will struggle to know when their
2 pair is good enough. By playing at a 10 player table
you can eliminate a lot of doubt from your mind about
whether you have the best hand with a pair of Kings and