Choosing a table in online poker is how you choose your opponent. It directly affects the outcome of your game and your poker profit (EV). In fact, table selection is probably one of the most important skills a poker player needs. But most poker players are not paying attention to this – they sit at any table regardless of its “quality”.
This article will equip you with the basics of table selection and some beneficial table selection experience in online poker.
How to choose an online poker table
Rules for selecting poker tables
About choosing a table in poker, you just need to remember one rule of survival. That is: playing with opponents weaker than me. This is covered in lesson 8 tips for better poker playing.
To win money in poker, you don’t need to be the best player on the table. You just need to be better than most of your competitors.
So, what you need to do is look for beneficial tables, with weak opponents that we call fish in poker. And immediately leave when you see on the table no more fish. When you try to struggle with equal opponents, only the house is the one who benefits from the rake. But how to tell how good a poker table is? That’s what you will know in the next sections.
Table selection is based on poker floor statistics
First, when you turn on the poker software, look at the lobby area (where the tables are listed). In the desktop version, almost every online poker floor provides statistics beside each table. Looking at that helps you initially evaluate a “solid” or “soft” table.
The two most important indicators you need to consider are the P/F (Plrs/Flop) and the Average pot. They will help you find beneficial tables.
Plrs/Flop is the average number of players playing to Flop in each game. It tells you whether the table is solid or soft (tight or loose). The higher the percentage of flop views, the better. A high rating means that players at that table are less selective at the beginning and the chance of having more fish will increase. Conversely, when this stat is low proves that the table consists of solid players, only see Flop with strong cards.