The main difference between online poker and regular casino poker is the ability to play two (or more) games at the same time. Many people do this. And it’s just great for all of us.
No matter how professional a player is, they still lose their guard (to a greater or lesser extent) when they think about two games at once. Someone who can earn $20 for an hour of play simply can’t earn $40 by playing two games. Sometimes certain aspects of the parties overlap, some opportunities will be missed, and decisions are likely to be made in a hurry and thoughtlessly.
A player can achieve success by playing two games, but they will just earn a little less, say, $34 per hour. In other words, we have a player who is ready to earn less than $20 per game, but only $17.
The same goes for less successful players. Anyone who is willing to lose $30 an hour for one game will now lose $37, or even more. There are also such frivolous players who, after playing two games, get so confused that for some reason they suddenly start winning, but these are rather an exception to the poker rules. Most likely, it will be the opposite – the game will be out of hand bad. So, there are strong players who expect less from the game in advance than they could. And there are bad players who are also ready to lose.
Who will get their money?
We should definitely get some of it. So, here’s another rule for collecting information. You should keep track of which players are playing multiple games, and who is content with one. I want to emphasize that I’m not saying that you shouldn’t play two games at once (especially if you have experience playing online).
If the story is about a player who can earn $20 an hour for one game, or $34 for two, then of course, play two games at once. Just don’t forget that you can always use some special tactics against a player who is playing two games.
Here is an example: you find yourself at a table where you have only one opponent. The game of hold’em poker is very sluggish. But your opponent is also playing a much more active game at the same time. Let’s say you both said “check” on the first round, confirming your desire to play and unwillingness to increase. The fourth card arrives, but you pause. Just waiting. What does it mean? Your opponent may have had the second game in full swing, or they may have been incredibly lucky. Even if they have two aces in their hands. They no longer want to waste time on an uninteresting game with you and, while waiting for your turn, marks the option “walk automatically when it’s your turn”, “play without raising the stakes” or “pass”. What this can lead to is clear.
Players who play two games are more likely and easier to bluff
- Why repeat the previous bet at this table, if at another table, getting two kings, it can be increased?
- Why waste time and wait for a slow-witted partner to make a move in a minor game, if the stakes are rising in a parallel game, and you still have two aces left in your hands?
Of course, it may be that in another game, your opponent does not have everything going smoothly, and they have not the best cards. But my thought is this: your opponent will still be more likely to bluff, because sometimes they are distracted from playing with you. Yes, it’s not just a bluff. Against opponents leading two games, you should try to place bets with small cards. Let’s say that the ten of spades, seven of hearts, and two of diamonds are at stake in hold’em poker. You bet a couple of sixes. And your opponent, who has a king of spades and a Queen of spades, gets a pair of jacks at another table. Obviously, you can win a lot more than your opponent leading two games. Players who play two games pass more often than usual, are more likely to lose their temper emotionally (still lose two games, not one!), more often use the function “walk automatically when it’s your turn” (check/fold/raise “in turn”), more often play rashly and straightforwardly. None of these factors in itself means anything, but together they give a huge advantage to the opponent who knows that the partner is playing two games.