7 Game-Changing Poker Pro Tips and Online Gambling in Thailand
Online gambling, including poker, takes place daily in thousands of locations, including Thailand.
We mention Thailand and gambling in Thailand because this article has two proposes, one which is to help you win more at poker, and the second, is to offer our Thai brethren who wish to gamble online, some unique advice on online gambling in Thailand.
First, about online gambling in Thailand
Way before the internet was created, the Thailand Gambling Act of 1935, banned pretty much all forms of gambling with the exception of the official government lottery and a horse racing track in Bangkok.
And the Thai police are profoundly serious about enforcing gambling, going as far as busting a few Thais in a room for playing cards for 100 baht a time (around $3).
Despite that, around 70 percent of Thais love and participate in gambling, which is a reason why the Thai police still make around 50,000 busts per year.
So strictly speaking, Holdem, poker online, Boyaa poker, an online casino based in Thailand, or any type of internet site that offers in their advertising: Casino Thai, Poker Thailand, Casino Online Thai, or Poker Thai, is technically illegal.
However, increasingly, dozens of online casinos have officially whitelisted Thais to play at their casino, and many do.
And if you are playing poker at home on your computer, as long as you use a VPN (a virtual private network) and don’t make your deposit with a Thai credit card, the chance of your being bothered by the Thai police are about as slim as the chance of it snowing in tropical Bangkok.
7 online casino tips to up your poker skills
Since you play other players and not the casino, poker is among the best games to play at an online casino.
With that said, here are some great tips to boost your winning percentage.
• #1. Start small
Since you can play poker online for as little as a $1 to $2, with raises capped, going small is the way to learn poker without losing your shirt.
Consider your first 50 hands at poker your tuition at Poker University, and remember that even when you lose a number of hands, you are gaining valuable player knowledge.
• #2. Learn to fold instead of playing every hand
Let’s say your poker playing ability is on a graph from zero to 100. When you start playing, you will most likely be at around 5 percent.
The quickest way to accelerate your game and the number one habit to break is the tendency to play every game. Learn to fold and you will boost your playing strategy from being at 5 percent to around 25 percent.
As a beginner, you should only be folding around 80 to 90 percent of your hands.
• #3. Which cards to fold with
An extension of #2, this is so important that it bears expansion.
Which cards should you always fold when receiving them? : 2 and 7, 2 and 8, 3 and 8 or 3 and 7, 2 and 6, 2 and 9, 3 and 9 or 4 and 9, 2 and 10, 9 and 5, 4 and 7, 4 and 8, 5 and 8, 3 and 6, Face Card Plus Low Card, Unsuited, Ace Plus Low Card, Unsuited.
Think that’s a lot of combinations to remember. Well tough, that’s part of what makes poker challenging. Learn these and don’t play them. Fold. This will increase your poker ability around 12 percentage points.
• #4. Learn which cards to always play
If you play with only winning hands, you’ll boost your poker level up to around 25 percent, which is heads and tails over most amateurs.
Play these hands and only these hands for your first 500 games:
Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Ace-King, Jack-Jack, Ace-Queen, King-Queen, Ace-Jack, King-Jack and Ace-Ten.
Mind you these cards are not guaranteed winners. It still depends on the flop plus what your opponents have, but they are memorizing the top hands to fold and the top hands to play with will increase your odds greatly.
• #5. Understand positioning
The next 50 percent or so is understanding position in poker.
The most advantageous position is the dealer position, because the dealer gets to act last in every case. The dealer or button will see who raises, who calls, and who folds.
Actively last will enable the dealer to play with slightly more marginal cards, although he should still stick with his initial hand in the top 10.
Three seats to the left of the dealer is the Early Position. Whoever is in the early positions starts first without having any information about where the other players are standing.
If you happen to be in the early position, then work with only the best cards.
Most of the rest of the players will be in a middle position, which is okay. Just be cautious.
Finally, there is the late position, which is the player to the right of the dealer. Another advantaged position, the late position player can possibly even raise and force the dealer out.
Knowing your position’s strength or weakness should be a significant part of your poker play.
• #6. Pick the right game level to play
Really good poker players do not hang around in low limit games when there is so much more to win at higher limit games. Thus, it is important that players realize the higher they jump up in a game, the more experienced and better the players are.
Judge your talent and your bankroll accordingly.
• #7. Study
Just because some of the professional poker players look like the brother or the cousin of the Unabomber doesn’t mean they haven’t done their homework.
At calculating the odds of whether they will get a good hand or not with the final two cards, these guys are pure MIT caliber mathematicians.
And they got that way by studying hard the intricacies of the game. Poker is not a game for lazy gamblers. To get good, you need to take some type of lessons, which may be costly, but can save you a lot of losses in the future.