How to improve your bottom line as a poker player

profit concepts

As a serious online poker player or someone that is serious about making money, you need to be aware of just what sort of tactics will increase your bottom line. It is clear that adding tables will be one of the most profitable moves that you can do as a poker player but it has to be done profitably and it also has to be done professionally.

For example, there is little use in just blindly adding tables without first changing your strategy. For example if you want to go from say playing three tables to playing eight tables then it isn’t as simple as just adding tables and playing the same way.

You first have to redesign your strategy and then play the game differently. If you are playing lower levels then you may find it profitable to drop the more marginal hands in favour of hands that are more solid in terms of value. For example, let us say that you play 18% of your hands in full ring when you play three tables. It may be more profitable to lower that to say 15% or less and concentrate on finding larger edges…..let me explain.

If in the process of playing three tables you only played 200 hands per hour and made $0.10c per hand then your hourly earn is $20. However imagine if you reduced your rate per hand to $0.07 but could manage 1000 hands per hour. Now your hourly rate is $70 per hour instead of $20 per hour. This is all despite the fact that you are only making 70% of the amount per hand and are making $0.07 per hand instead of $0.10 per hand.

This is purely down to volume and the way to achieve that extra volume is to decrease the number of hands that you are playing and playing position more and against wider ranges. This is why I tell my students that if they want to become poker professionals then they have to sacrifice some slight quality for greater volume. If you can get access to more fish or even weaker players in general then it simply has to show greater profit potential.

However, the key is to develop a style of play that affords you a balance between playing more tables and making more money or playing better poker. It is a strange paradox but sometimes playing better poker doesn’t always lead to making more money. This is why my main aim as a poker coach even if a player is only playing on a single table is to make sure that their style is conducive to adding tables.

Even if this comes at the risk of it seeming to be boring to the player, the fact of the matter is that playing say 15% of your hands on one table instead of 20% is good training for when you need to be playing 15% on six tables.