Game Selection in Live Poker

Game selection will always be one of the easiest ways to
increase your earnings in poker. With live poker, game selection
will require more time and effort. In online games,
players are able to easily scan through lists of games in a
matter of seconds.

In brick and mortar poker rooms, however, you’ll need to
actually walk around and try to determine which tables look like
they would be the most profitable. This then requires that you
know what to look for in a game, when to move, and so on and so
forth. While the idea behind game selection is incredibly simple
in and of itself, the most effective game selectors will
constantly be looking for a better game. There are elements of
skill involved in just about every aspect of poker, and game
selection is certainly not an exception to this rule.

Finding Good Games

If you are new to live poker, you might not have an idea
which types of players will generally be weaker than others. As
a general rule of thumb, the older players will tend to be the
less skilled players. This does not mean that a 90 year old will
always be worse than a 20 year old, however. There’s an odd
shaped association between age and skill level.

Young players tend to either be good or bad and are most
often the aggressive players. Middle aged players are usually
the ones who are spewing chips left and right, losing buy in
after buy in. The older players will usually play very tightly,
and while bad, they don’t tend to hand out money like the middle
aged players. As you can see, the middle aged players are
definitely the ones that you will want to go after as they are
both bad and are ready and capable of giving money away.

The absolute most ideal live poker table would be full of
players from age 25-65. This is the age group that you should be
keeping an eye out for more than anything else. The second best
type of table would be a mix between young and much older
players. You’ll be able to face the occasional young player
who is bad, all the while chipping away at the older players’

If you are a regular player in a few different rooms, you’ll
inevitably end up running into a number of players on repeated
occasions. As a result of this, the best thing that you can do
is to determine who is bad, who is good, and who falls somewhere
in between. You should always be looking to lock up a seat on
the table(s) with an abundance of bad players, but be careful to
not make what you are doing known to said bad

Even a weak poker player will usually have the awareness to
realize that you are only sitting at their table because you
think that they are bad. It’s fine to be friendly with the weak
players, but it makes zero sense whatsoever to make it known
that you are only there because of their money and their money

When to Switch Tables

Depending on where you play live poker, there’s a legitimate
chance that there are only going to be a few games running in
the limit and game type that you are looking for. Because of
this, you may not have the ability to game select at all. In
these instances, your only other option is to sit out if you
feel that the game is particularly bad. Of course, in doing this
you are admitting that you can not beat the game, and the truth
is that just about all small and mid limit live poker games are
very beatable regardless of who is sitting at them.

In online poker sites, table hopping in order to gain a minimal
edge is advisable. It takes little effort, you are likely
playing multiple tables, and switching back to another game is
very easy to do. With live poker, however, it’s a long process
to switch from table to table. You’ll need to ask the floor,
find an open seat, rack up, sit back down, wait for or post your
blinds, etc. etc.

Unless you find this process to be enjoyable,
you’ll soon realize that switching tables is only proper if
the game is really worth moving to. Don’t hop to another game
just because it might be better than the one you are currently
at. The time, money, and effort lost isn’t worth switching from
something that’s not likely to net you a lot more money in the

You may want to check out our
table selection in online poker article if you do much
online play. Finding the best tables at an online poker site is
a bit different than in a live casino.