Critique your poker style for improvement
The best place to start to better your poker style is to critically assess your traits and see just which of those traits you need to improve. You must ask yourself what is it that you need to improve. Pose the question, and then try to answer it as good as you can, setting objectives and following a close list to achieve them. This list will most definitely vary depending on experience, your knowledge of poker and your way of being in general. But there is an aspect that needs improvement every time, no matter who you are, when you are playing online. Keep in mind that online you cannot see the others so there are no tells.
Are you a calling station?
The most common and money-losing mistake is playing too many hands. If you want to know if you are playing too many hands just watch your style, your games, and see how many hands you are losing, especially those that you suspected from the begging they are bad, but still went along with them. We all live under the impression that at some point we didn’t have a good hand since forever. This is the time when you play a hand that you would not considered of any value at first, but seems to be just the opposite, filled with opportunity right now. This is the trap boredom leads us to. We will always find reason to keep playing a hand even if we know it is a poor one just to take part in the game.
Freedom to fold
So, if you think this is an aspect of you game that needs improving, your objective is to increase the number of hands that you are giving up in pre-flop. If you are playing aver 40% of the hands you are getting and mostly losing, then something is wrong. We must most definitely play fewer hands. So your objective will be in this situation the attempt to throw at least 70-80% of the hands you are getting. Just do it mechanically. Count the hands and when you realize how many more you have to drop, you will start dropping all those questionable hands automatically. Firstly, stop playing bad cards from early position.
This is a must. If you are not sure of what the term of good hands for every position means, they you can refer to articles or books written by experts for this purpose. Try and let others teach you and stop thinking you are experienced and know everything. Make a list and count every time you are folding. After you finish your games, remember the total number of hands that were in the game. Then calculate your pre-flop folding percent. If you managed to get it up to 80% or at least 70% it means you are disciplined and you have achieved you goal. If not, keep trying till you do.
Remember that this goes only for full-ring tables mostly. Once you managed to adjust your folding style, you already achieved a new level in paying online poker; you are one step up on the stairs to the pros category.