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Poker table selection will help you maximize your profits every time you play poker. It may sound obvious but it's still true: if you want to win money in poker, you have to play against other players who are not as good as you are.

If opponents at table A are experienced players and opponents on table B have less experience, you should be wise and choose table B every time.

In order to make money in poker, you need a better strategy than your opponents or you have o play against worse players than you, or you can do both and maximize your winnings.

In traditional casinos you generally have little choice when it comes to the table in which you'll play, which makes table selection a little more complicated. On the other hand, when you play poker online you get to choose from a wide selection of tables and you should use this to your advantage.

Table selection lobby figures

Since online poker has become so popular in the past few years, the number of poker tables to choose from has decreased. What is the best way to determine how to choose the best table?

First, at online poker rooms you'll find figures in the lobby about how each table is playing. You should especially pay attention to the average pot sizes and average number of players per flop.

Average pot size

With the average pot size figure you should be able to know how much action is taking place at the table. The higher this figure is, the larger amount of money you'll be able to win when you make a good hand. As a result, show that you are a wise poker player and look for the tables with high average pot size figures.

Average number of players per flop

With the average number of players per flop figure you'll know how loose the poker players at the table are playing. If you see that this figure is high, then you can infer that the players have low starting hand requirements, which means they are likely to be poor poker players. Conversely, if the figure is low, you can infer that the players are tight, which means they'll wait for a good starting hand to see flops.

When the average number of players per flop figure is high you can determine that the starting hand requirements of the players at the table are poor.

You should base your table selection on the average number of players per flop figure, depending on your style of play. When you are a tight player you should those table that have higher number of players per flop and win the occasional big pots. However, if you are a loose player then the best for you is to play at the tables that have low numbers of players per flop in order to win many of the small uncontested pots.

Always take into account the number of poker hold'em players at each table compared to the number of poker players per flop, because the shorthanded tables tend to have a lower number of players per flop than the full tables.

Time of play and table selection

The time at which poker players play poker is another factor you should take into account when choosing a table. You'll find that in online poker rooms many players play for fun and not just for money. If you manage to time your play with the time in which casual players play, it means that you'll be playing with the fish instead that with the sharks.

Usually, online poker players play from 9AM to 5PM on weekdays. This means that if you want to make the most out of your chances to play with casual players you have to sit at the tables after 6PM on weekdays, and at any time of the day in weekends. Besides, many people tend to play poker after they have had a drink, and this will modify their play style for the worse. Drunk poker players tend to play during the evenings.

When you play more poker Texas Hold'em in the evenings, you'll have more chances of running into drunk players.

These only applies to countries with high volumes of online poker players, which means that if you live in the UK you'll have to play poker in the times that correlate with the times we mentioned before for the United States.

Player search

In some poker rooms you can find specific players. As a result, you can use this feature to search for all the bad players you've ever come across and sit in the same table as them to use this information to your advantage. In this way you can be sure that you are playing at least against one bad player.

Table selection evaluation

Many players fail to choose the poker tables in which they'll have more chances of winning during their poker sessions.

If you intend to stay in the same poker table for a good period of time with your money, then you should choose the tables that give you more profits in the long run. It's a simple thing to do, just take a few minutes looking for a good table, particularly if you intend to sit for a long period of time.

If the original players leave and the table changes, you should leave the table and look for another one. There are many poker table out there and you are not obliged to remain in one of them if it does not longer suit your style of play.

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