Playing Poker online is quite different than playing in a smoke-filled room in a dark basement somewhere. The atmosphere is bright and friendly, and the people you meet are playing to have a good time and enjoy themselves (mostly). More importantly, one of the biggest differences is in how the strategies work. It is very difficult to employ any of the classic Poker strategies in online Poker because there isn’t the same human element that exists when sitting at a table with other people.
Play the numbers. You aren’t going to get to bully anyone into calling all the time or folding when you want them to in an online game. Everyone is going to do whatever they want. Therefore, all of your strategies should involve trying to remember the likelihood of getting certain hands over others, and managing your bankroll; the latter being much more important. A good rule of thumb when betting online is to remember that the pot should guide your decisions about how much to bet over every other aspect of the game. If the pot is at €50, bet €40. If it is at €100, bet €80. By playing like this, you can be sure that you won’t be blowing your money into the digital winds.
There are many great strategies that you can learn to become a stronger Poker player, but it is better to perfect one before moving on to the next. Start yourself with a safe, standard style of play that leans more to the conservative side and then start to slowly add in new elements of strategy as they make sense to you. One of the biggest mistakes that new players make is to begin using a long list of strategies that they don’t even really get. When this happens, all their work backfires and they have no idea where they went wrong. Always stay safe first. What seems daring to you is mainly because you do not understand it properly.