Poker Guide – Which Game Mode To Choose At First?

The 2000s were a real golden age for Poker, with the explosion around the world of its most famous variant, Texas Holdem (“ the Cadillac of poker ” to put it in Doyle Branson’s style ). A game in continuous evolution, both in its strategies, both in the diffusion and in the tools to be used for those who want to get closer.

Those who want to start playing, however, often find themselves faced with several important choices to make right away and it is not always easy to find their way on the best path to take. In this column we will address several questions that a beginner finds himself facing, probably starting with the one we will examine today: what type of game to start?

What to play – The macro game modes

From the moment you signed up for one of the many poker rooms on the market, you will immediately realize that there are various types of games available: there are tournaments (MTT Multi Table Tournament) , some Sit’n Go (small tournaments a fixed number of participants) and the ” poker cash ” mode.

The choice of one of these types is particularly important because it depends not only on a very specific game strategy (different from each other), but also well-defined attitudes that we must consider in our way of facing the table. This is why it is important to understand first of all what it is and what characteristics they have.

Sit’nGos in poker

It is generally a game at a table, or in any case with a very small number of participants , in which the blinds gradually rise and the chips in play are not very many. So the basic dynamics of the game are quite simple (or so they appear to those who approach it), and with few opponents it is both easier to learn about their way of playing, and to get a prize every now and then.

The game strategies obviously vary according to the type and the moment, but in general, certainly in these tables the watchword is patience in the early stages (playing a few hands so as not to waste useful chips) and then being a little more aggressive. with increasing blinds.

Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) mode

The real success of sports poker, however, certainly came when multi-table tournaments began to take hold . Many participants, important prizes, guaranteed fun.

The high number of players then constantly puts us in front of new opponents (since during the game we will change tables), therefore having to adapt not only to the variations of the blinds but also to those of the game of others. It goes without saying, therefore, that this type of game requires a higher number of information, more accurate strategies and also a certain amount of experience in order to be played with a positive expectation.

Poker cash

Temporarily it is the last type of game to have arrived in Italy, but its presence has somewhat mixed up the players’ cards, immediately becoming one of the most played modes .

The points in favor for those who want to try are different. In particular, the convenience of being able to enter a table at any time and to exit when you want (thus totally managing the time dedicated to the game). Also in this type of game we have “fixed blinds” throughout the game , thus allowing us to always have a very high proportion between blinds and chips (which leads to being able to play many more hands usually). Each hand then makes its own story, so there are many possibilities to have fun. And in case of losing all the chips , you can always “reload” your stack (chips) again (by the amount you want within the limits of that chosen table).

Which game to choose then?

If we are always very aggressive players at the table and we want to have a good time, then tournaments or cash are definitely a possible choice (always starting from the lowest limits and investing nothing or almost nothing to begin with). Conversely, it is easy that at the beginning our game is quite closed (which is perhaps also quite legitimate and common sense since we do not know how to move), and in that case it is Sit’n Go and some tournaments that can be a good choice.

The 6 Tells To Cancel To Make The Leap In Poker

In poker, tells are a fundamental part of the game. Both for those who take advantage of the tells of the opponents and for those who involuntarily give a massive dose to the other players at the table. Today we are going to see the six worst tells , which must be canceled by every player. Six ” vices ” that risk being too dangerous a boomerang to face. 

However, before going into the various types of tell, let’s remember the definition of tell itself. A tell is a gesture made by a player who reveals, to the opponent who notices him, information about the way he is playing or his hand . There is a distinction between the conscious and the unconscious tell, the tell of players who pretend and know or think they are being watched and the tell of players who feel observed. 

Today we will deal with unwitting tells, but which give tape information to our rivals. 

Legs in motion 

One of the most sensational tells in live poker is the nervous and continuous movement of the legs under the table. How many times have you happened to nervously shake your legs while sitting at the table? And how many times have you happened to do it during an important hand? It doesn’t matter if you had a point or in full bluff. It is a tell to always avoid. Against seasoned players you will be perfectly legible. So steady legs and as little movement as possible. 

The eyes are the mirror of the soul 

It is true that the sun does not shine inside the casinos and it is true that many use glasses for fashion, but the eyes too often are a vehicle of information . From the eyes of the players it is clear whether they are “telling” a true story or not. In short, glasses are used to limit these tells . Above all, it becomes difficult to understand where a player looks, when he wears glasses and perhaps goes unnoticed even while reviewing his cards, looking for a project.

My mouth, shut up! 

The less we talk at the table the better it will be for us . The regulation itself prohibits dialogue at the table if more than two players are involved in the hand. But even in the ” head to head ” always better to avoid. Especially if you are facing a player able to steal information even from the sound of your voice. 

It is forbidden to smash the jaw 

Another typical tell that somehow relates to the previous one is the continuous movement of the mouth . Grimaces, small bites to the lips, fingers brought to the lips themselves and a jaw that never stays still. These are all small clues that when added together risk turning you into an open book for your opponents. Therefore silence and still mouth. 

Beware of chips 

Another tell to emphasize is the abuse of tricks at the table with chips .Especially if you are involved in the hand. Even simple fiddling with the chips can give important information. Be careful then when you move the chips in the bet. Try not to shake your hand or even awkwardly drop a stack of chips .Compact and safe movements during bets. 

Don’t show the cards 

How many times have you seen players at the table closing heavy points and starting to show their cards to their neighbor? A billion times for sure. So, let’s remember first of all that the cards should never be shown to anyone in order not to incur penalties. Secondly, if you show your neighbor cards and then win the pot without a showdown , the rule requires you to show your hand to the whole table. Last but not least, showing your hand left and right is equivalent to putting up a sign with the words: “ I’m full as an egg “. Only a fool will pay you.