Every little helps, as they say. In poker as in life, it’s good to constantly keep the grey cells active and to look at ways of gradually improving our game. Here are two randomly selected tips that will help you progress in your poker quest…

Play with a 4-Colour Deck

When online poker rooms first introduced the 4-colour deck, with Diamonds switching to blue and Clubs to green in order to easily distinguish between the same-coloured suits, it was initially seen by some as a bit gimmicky. In fact, staunch traditionalists went as far as to opine that it wasn’t in the spirit of the game – although this last position lost some of its effectiveness in that a true bricks & mortar poker purist shouldn’t be playing online in the first place (but they all do eventually).

However, it soon became evident that this visual tool afforded us by online poker was actually very useful indeed, doing away with any possible confusion and time wasted having to double-check, for example, that we have indeed flopped a Hearts flush draw and we’re not looking at a Heart and a Diamond. For multi-tablers the 4-colour deck is the best thing since sliced bread, but it makes such a significant difference for everyone. If you have any doubts, try playing a couple of Turbo-speed tables for an hour or so with the traditional 2-colour deck and you’re guaranteed to be convinced…

Multi-tabling: Use your ROI to find the right balance

Being able to multi-table is another crucial advantage of online poker over the ‘live’ alternative. (I’ve seen it done successfully in a casino – a friend even managed to win a tournament by rushing from one to another for hours! – but, of course, it’s a totally impractical and ludicrous task to undertake).

Hitting the right balance when contemplating playing at more than one table at once isn’t necessarily automatic, and there’s a danger that, far from adding to our bankroll just by adding an extra table, we might even be making a detrimental change.

A good guide is to check out our so-called return on investment (ROI) when we play one table and then apply the numbers to the options we’re thinking about. For instance, an avid Sit & Go fan might have a 30% ROI when playing exclusively at the $10 buy-in level and sticking to just one table. Doubling to two tables results in a decrease down to 20%, and it’s at just 10% ROI when spreading the action across three tables simultaneously. Using this information we know that the single table scenario generates an approximate profit of $3 per hour, two tables equates to $4 per hour and three tables earn $3. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to correctly conclude that the most profitable course in this situation is to be two-tabling.

Taking the time to properly acquaint ourselves with an accurate overview of in what circumstances we best perform can have a decisive positive impact on the health of our bankroll.

So many players – even those with years of experience under their belt – have an approach that is way too simplistic and based on the erroneous assumption that more tables mean more profit, often falling into a familiar (over-)confidence whereby they believe that their play is just as effective on, say, three tables as it is on two.

Don’t let this be you! At YourPokerDream our aim is to give our players the best opportunity to maximize profits, and much of this revolves around racking up rakeback via multi-tabling, but ‘quality over quantity’ applies to poker, too, so it’s worth making a special effort to find the right balance.

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About the Author


AngusD switched from pro chess to poker two decades ago and has been professionally involved in the game on numerous levels since the very beginning of online poker, including playing as a poker ambassador both online and at major festivals around the globe. He has written much about the game over the years, and brings to YPD a wealth of experience in all aspects of the poker industry. Meanwhile, his many years on the pro chess circuit (he’s an International Master and prolific author) afford him an interesting perspective on the psychology of poker.

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The last changes of the page “Practical Poker Tips” was made by AngusD on March 01, 2021