I never personally got into online poker during the late 1990’s, but I wish I would’ve. These were the days when, even if you only knew the basics such as pot odds or that you should be trying to read opponents, you could easily make money. This is because most people that hopped on the Internet in these days were the true definition of fish. They had no idea of poker strategy and they were practically guaranteed money at the table (at least according to the stories I’ve heard).
Things remained in this fashion on into the early 2000’s, although players did start getting better. By the time that I jumped into online poker in 2003, players weren’t really too great nor too bad. I myself was just starting out in these days so I wasn’t the greatest either but I eventually got better. Unfortunately, it seems as if everyone else got better too or just dropped out of poker altogether. Now it’s much harder to find really bad Internet poker players out there and every review that claims a room is full of fish is way outdated.
The truth is that there are still fish out there but they’re just not as bad. The whole deal has changed now since players skills have improved so it’s not just a matter of seeking out really awful players. Loose and aggressive players no longer bet out on every hand nor do they stay past the flop all of the time. Basically, these people aren’t as easy to take advantage of anymore.
The one thing that does remain constant is the tight players as there’s plenty of people who still see this as a safe alternative to playing too aggressively. Now don’t mistake this for being tight/aggressive as most of these players are not to be taken lightly. However the passive players, who used to be ignored back in the early days of online poker, are definitely a group that needs to be taken advantage of now.
The great thing about the ultra-tight players, or tight/passive people, is that they will surrender blinds very easily. They wilt to bluffs and semi-bluffs if they aren’t holding good hands and their money is easy to obtain. The only thing is though, you’ll have to battle others for these blinds too and you will also have to battle players that you used to avoid at the tables. This may mean going after the aggressive players who you perceive to be somewhat weak. The key is that there aren’t as many major fish out there so you have to be more aware of the tiny advantages that you can exploit.