Having a reasonable good idea of what hand values you have such as a flopped top pair putting you in a decent position, is essential in today’s fast-paced world of online poker.
Then there is the ‘Overvaluer’ whom will value their cards greater than what they are actually holding. And players like this tend to place far too much weight in suited cards, often playing bad hands such as 10 and 3 simply because they are of the same suit. This is most common among rookie players.
These players need to understand that a flush is actually relatively uncommon and that even a top pair of 10s is not even great given the over-pairs can still beat them.
These overvaluers like the big cards, and so while most poker players would throw away a Q 2, overvaluers would tend to play these cards simply because they are holding a picture card; Queen. For some reason they believe that a second Queen will flop and they will win the game.
Unfortunately they don’t understand that all big cards are equal – so even a pair of Queens would be no match if the King or an Ace flops. On top of that, even if their opponent was to only hold a Queen high as well – a 2 is no good as a kicker! This is the type of hand that can cause a rookie player to lose more money than they gain.
Should you spot an overvaluer at your table you could be in for a good game. But do be wary, whilst they do tend to over call, you still need a winning hand to beat them. Players like this that like to play anything that is reasonably connected meaning that if the board flops low cards there’s a good chance they can win.
The positive side is that you can loosen up your play. Knowing they’re going to play low pairs or low connected cards can give you the upper hand.
What’s more, these players don’t tend to bluff and call a raise because they believe they have the best hand – but as we know, this is not always the case!