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online poker college students

College students probably consist of 30-40% of the players at the low levels. The majority of them are males, 18-22 years old. Many of them are loose/aggressive and want to dominate the table. They are at a stage in life where they feel invincible and they want to win every pot. They generally feel they are the best player at the table, even though they have paid little or no attention to how their opponents play. Their stacks go up and down rapidly, and they are willing to risk their entire stack in many more situations than better players.

They will often be found in the chat box berating opponents who’ve beat them in a hand, or rubbing it in when they take down a pot. They will use words in the chat box that their mom’s don’t tend to use. Also, their screen names will often tell you. ‘UMass1’ or ‘USCbigDawg’ are likely college students. At nearly every micro/low-stakes NL table, one or two of them will make themselves obvious.

They play too many pots/losing hands. They tend to over-bet in attempts to push around their opponents. They tilt easily, cannot control their emotions. They don’t pay enough attention to how their individual opponents play. They are bad at recognizing when they are being slow-played, and will often bet into a big hand that they cannot win. They are often unbluffable.

But they can be dangerous because nobody ever believes them when they make a big hand. They are willing to bluff, and tend to win a lot of small pots. They are fearless. Occasionally you will run into a young-gun who has the skills to play higher levels, but is limited by a small bankroll. You want to spot this player as early as you can.

Many college students have delusions of becoming professional poker players. Many play to try and earn extra money. Some play for fun, and some actually do make money playing online. We’ve already seen several college students become successful poker players. They tend to be one or the other – serious young-guns, or total donkeys.

If possible, gain position on them by sitting to their left. Play only premium hands in raised pots. In unraised pots when you have position on them, play hands that have a lot of implied value that are also easy to fold post-flop such as middle suited connectors. Try not to play big pots against them, without respectively large hands. Do not bluff them, remember that they are often unbluffable.

Trap them and induce bets by showing weakness. Slow play your big hands, they’ll usually bet into you. Call them less often. Either raise when you think you have the best hand, or fold when you don’t. The idea here is that if you have the best hand, they will likely call you anyway, so don’t be afraid of scaring them off like you would against a tight player. Don’t chase them by calling big bets post flop.

They will likely fire big after the turn which you may be committed to calling. Never assume that top pair with top kicker is good. They are likely to play weaker hands, but hit 2 pair, a small set, or a hard to see straight against you. Remember, K9 looks good to them. This doesn’t mean you fold top pair all the time, but it does mean that you should try keep the pot small. Pot size is always the key in low-stakes NL games.

Chatting in online poker

It is fun to chat while playing online poker, is it not? But chat is not the same depending at what time of the day you are playing. And you can use this knowledge to your advantage.

In the morning hours, you’ll tend to find less chat. People are more business-minded. Not in the sense of being pro poker players, rather as in the sense of being distracted by their day-to-day business. These are the people who are playing at work or instead of going to classes, etc. They may have a lot of other stuff going on, so you might be able to bluff a little more and bet people out of pots. Try it.

In the evening, online poker player is crazy. People don’t want to fold their holdings. You’ll face some serious bad beats and unfair defeats. If you’re easily frustrated or distracted, steer clear of the poker rooms in the evening. Oh yeah – the chat also picks up as someone might just try to use the poker room to pick women up.

Late at night, chat relates more to the game. This seems to be when the true players come out to play. If you want a challenge with players who usually know what they’re doing, this might be your best time of day to play, if you can stay up that late. Of course, if you’re a legend in your own mind, you could get eaten alive by the sharks.

Yes, these are general statements. Every poker room and every table within each poker room has a different feel to it, a different personality if you will. It’s up to you to find the games and places that benefit you the best no matter what time of day you play.

But chat is certainly one tool in your arsenal that you can use to win pots and make better profits playing online poker. Or if you like to socialize, it is fun too to chat on the Web while playing Texas Hold’em.