Updated In May, 2013 - 10 Game Poker is combination of every poker game that can be played at the major online poker rooms. It is currently only available at Fulltilt Poker. Before you get started on 10 Game Poker strategy please visit our 10 Game Poker rules page and learn what you are getting yourself into first. I want to start off with a word of warning for the weak hearted or lazy. 10-Game Mix is a very tough game. Knowing how to play each of the games that make up 10-Game is more than 95% of the online poker community can boast of right now. Only a handful of those that do can actually claim to be skilled at each of the games. This article will cover some general tips and strategies that can be applied to any mixed poker game. I will also link to some of the best sources for detailed strategy information for each of the games. The links below will lead you to the authority resource for strategy information on each game. This collection of web sites contains hundreds of strategy articles written by professional poker players for the most part:
If there is a game that you haven't played in a while, or perhaps you were never that good at to begin with I strongly suggest reading up on basic strategy as well as hand selection. For many of the games in 10-Game Mix the most important strategic considerations are hand selection and recognizing how far into a pot you should go with a particular hand. There are some basic tactics that are inherent to mixed poker games that I want to share with you.
In 10 Game Poker you will want to take notes as often as possible. There is already a lot of interest in 10-Game, and the tables are filling up fast but compared the the main stream games that comprise 10-Game the traffic levels are relatively low. This means that you will be playing against many of the same players day in and day out. Every mixed game player has a weak spot, even in mixed games with only 3-5 card games. With 10 Game there will be gapping holes in many of your opponents games. I'd imagine that most players will have 3-4 games that could be considered "weak spots". Finding and taking note of these will help you win money playing this challenging game.
To quote the words of Socrates - Know thyself. This is at least as important in 10-Game Mix as knowing your opponents. Acknowledging your own weaknesses is essential in life and even more so in poker. Don't leave yourself open by having false confidence in your poker skills. You don't have to be an expert at every single game. You just have to be better than everyone else at the table. Admitting your weaknesses to yourself will help you focus on the strategies that really need to be focused on. If you ranked your skill level at each game from 1-10 (10 being the best) and added up your total score, that would be how good you are at 10 Game. It all comes down to collective skill. It is important to determine which games require immediate attention before you start playing 10 Game Poker seriously.
Keep records on your stats for each game. There are many poker tracker programs that will help you do this. Compare your flop percentages and players/4th street percentages to figure out why one was a winning session and the other a losing session. Full Tilt Poker has plenty of statistical data for you to access as well.
If you play $5/10 fixed limit games you will not want to sit at a $5/10 10-Game table at first. I would start at about 50% to cut your teeth on this monster of a game. If you are a NL/PL player you won't have to do this because the two NL games and one PL game will be 20% lower than the stakes that show up in the lobby. For example, if you play at the $5/10 10-Game table the stakes for the fixed limit games will be $5/10 but the PL and NL stakes will only be $1/2. They do this because FL $5/10 and NL $5/10 are two totally different beasts.