When playing in online poker tournaments, you’re eventually going to have to start mixing up your play so as to trap your opponents and capture their stack. Most players fulfill this by getting involved in a few small pots with weaker hands or draws that they can show at the river.
Forethought should always be taken however, because your adversaries in the early stages of online poker tournaments are willing to risk far more than you would expect.However, once you hit the middle stages and your opponents skill level becomes more noticeable, mixing up your hole cards and betting activity can pay huge dividends when the opportunity shows itself.
Your goal here is create disarray in your opponents and that may take some experience to do correctly and cheaply. You might not be as good at making reads, and are further obstructed by not being able to look an opponent in the face while playing online.
So extra caution is needed, as well as a serious dedication to pot control in each hand that you are involved in. Other good players will be patiently anticipating for your mistakes if you lack emotional or pot size control, and they constantly put you in uncomfortable situations.
This is often the largest hump to get over when improving your poker game, but you must do it so as to avoid being too easily decipherable by acute opponents. For long term winning in poker tournaments, a lack of control will cost you money.
This is a strategy I often use when starting a poker tournament. Take two or three hands at the beginning of the tournament and whenever you get them dealt to you, raise the pot. Of course, not always in case someone else went all in before you or made a huge raise from early position, but you when you are in those small ball pots against strong players, raise with your 67 suited, your J9os or your Th8h.
It really doesn’t matter which hands you pick but try and choose ones that have flush or straight potential. The added bonus here is that if your opponents are using poker software to track your style of play they are getting misinformation.