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Posted on Jun 1st 2008  -  Subject: Table Selection
Table Selection by John Anhalt (Nagarjuna) Now that the US poker market will be stunted by the new legislation passed, table selection is going to become even that much more important. If you haven't made a concerted effort to find good tables, then you'd be wise to make much more effort now. The games are going to get slightly tougher since new US customers will be entering the market at a much slower pace. Table selection and improving your game will become very important. The number of players on that tables WILL decrease going forward until this bill is amended. Thus no matter where you are playing from in the world, it will be critical that you are diligent about finding juicy tables. Here are a few things that you should look for, and some simple suggestions about how to find good tables. 1. When you log into a site and decide the stake that you're going to play, take a look at the average pot size of all the tables you can for that stake. Try and approximate what the AVERAGE pot size is for all the tables. For example, if there are 6 table at the stake you want to play and the average pot size is $7,6,4,9,9,5 - then you can approximate that the average pot size is ~$6.5. You want to find the table that is somewhat over that average size, and not the largest. In this example the best table to pick would be the $7 table. You want to find a table that has some action and may not have hit it's peak yet. Of course any table could just begin to get action, but finding a table that has some action, but not the highest, gives you a chance of either finding a pretty good table even if the pot sizes don't get bigger, and possibly finding one that will increase. 2. Some sites offer stats that show the percent of flops seen. Obviously you want to find the table that has the highest number here as that will be an indication that you likely have some very bad players, or at the very least, players who will be involved in a lot of pots. 3. After you've found a table you believe will be good, sit down and wait for the blind to get to you. Observe whether there are a lot of limped pots with few raises pre-flop and on the flop. If this is the case, you've found yourself a great table. If you sit down and watch 6 hands and all our folded to the CO or button - this likely isn't a good table and you can get up and find another one. 4. If you've sat for awhile, but the action isn't all that good. Go into the poker lobby and begin scouting for a new table. Don't just sit there and hope it will get better. There are so many tables and players out there. Find the ones that offer you the best chance to win the most money. 5. If there aren't any really good tables at the stakes you usually play at, look for some at stakes just below what you usually do, or even just above. Don't pigeon hole yourself into looking for only one kind of game. John Anhalt is a poker coach
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Posted on Jul 9th 2008
This is an important post for everyone who are playing mid to high stakes. Table selection and seat selection are two very important factors to have in mind when you turn on your computer to play some poker. Reguarding Table Selection, I would advise players who own Poker Tracker to invest some money on Spadeeye and Eyepoker. Its a datamining software and table selection program that will obviously improve your overall winrate. Also, if you can't or don't want to afford such program, there is still three factors that weren't mention on the post above. - When playing NL, when you click on a table watch for everybody stacksizes. In shorthanded players without a full buy in are lickely to be donks since they are losing value in the long run. In Full ring, there might be some using Shortstack Strategy but players between shortstack and fullstack you can consider them fishs. On FL games the normal buy in is 25 times the BB. in 2/4 you should buy in with 100$ however this isnt as significant as NL since you only need 12 BB in order to extract the maximum value of an hand. - Where are your opponents from? Its important to know where are most of the good players from and the bad ones. Most players learn poker from their country sites and some provide really bad strategy. My experience, stay away from german players, they are well educated and feel free to join tables full of italians, french, english and most of swedish players. Canadians and US aren't all that great players most of them. (This is a generalization. You will obviously find very good players from each of the mention countries.) - The hour you play poker. If you have a flexible job or you are a student where you can manage your time between studies and poker. Try to play poker at different times and check out which of those time periods you spotted more fishs. And, when you figure that out, reserve that time for poker in case you want the extra money it provides playing against drunk guys or sleepy ones. Good luck
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Posted on Aug 6th 2008
Wow, this is a pretty good lecture about table selection..   I admit, the only thing I look after is the PlayersPerFlop % .. if its above 25% its loose, I luv those tables..
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Posted on Aug 6th 2008
Thanks for the info ... it is very informative
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Posted on Aug 8th 2008
A couple of good posts.  Never really gave much thoght to my table selection, just looked for an available seat and watched a round or two of play and then jumped in.   
ciao for now
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