Full Tilt Poker Tips and Lessons From the Pros, Paul Wolfe
Full Tilt Poker Tips and Lessons From the Pros, Paul Wolfe
Full Tilt Poker Tips and Lessons From the Pros, Paul Wolfe
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Tips From
The Pros
Paul Wolfe
Lesson: 39
Know Your (Table) Limits

My name is Paul Wolfe and I play online poker at Full Tilt Poker. If you want to
learn more about my poker career, keep reading...

I moved to Florida at age 20 and never left. I played my first few
tournaments in 2002 and was encouraged by my results - I finished second
and won the next one. I decided to give the tournament circuit a try. The
following year, I finished fourth in the $10,000 Showdown at the Sands. 2004
brought more tournament success, but I like playing online - it lets me stay
close to home and my first priority, my daughter.

In the 18 months that I've been playing poker at Full Tilt Poker, the one
question I am asked most often is a variation on the following:

"Hey Paul? What are you doing in this $10-$20 No-Limit game? Ivey, J-dags,
and Matusow are at the $25-$50 No-Limit table, and E-dog is playing in the
$50-$100 Limit game. Why don't you join them?"

The first thing I do when I walk into a poker room is put my name on the lists
of games I'm interested in; the next thing I do is have a good look at the
particular games I've just signed up for. More often than not, I'll sit at the
first available table when my name is called, but I immediately take stock of
the game and behave accordingly. Often times, everything is just fine, but
sometimes I'll ask to be added to the table change list. Other times, a seat
change button is enough to make the game palatable. On rare occasions, I
simply leave the table.

As I play, I take note of the loose players and tight players, and then use
that information to decide which seat will be most profitable. Likewise, I keep
a casual eye on the other games. If I get called for a table change, I make
sure the new game is the more lucrative one; if it's not, I'll stay put and ask
to be put at the bottom of the transfer list. And while I have seen unbeatable
$3-$6 games and very soft $10-$20 games running side by side, it's safe to
assume that higher limits mean tougher games.

If you're playing to learn, nothing will challenge your poker skills like being at
a table with Howard Lederer and Phil Gordon. If you're playing poker for
entertainment and making money isn't your goal, by all means choose your
tables according to where you'll have the most fun. But if your only goal is to
make money, forget about everything except picking the weakest game at a
limit you can afford, even if it's the $1-$2 game when you're itching to play
$2-$4. In ring game poker, it is better to play smaller at the table you're likely
to beat than it is to play bigger at a tougher table. You also need to take
your time about moving up a level. I have seen many $1-$2 players sustain
steady win rates at those stakes for a month, then disappear for weeks after
taking a shot at the $2-$4 game.

Knowing where to play is as important as knowing how to play. If you pay
close attention to your game selection, you'll grow the kind of bankroll that
will allow you to have more games to choose from.

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