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Two answers Fish... what the accepted theory says and what I think personally. The accepted theory is based on the assumption you are playing for cash.
1) Steve Badger's Play Winning Poker
Autocheck or autoraise
If you make your bet and the players after you instantly act, without a pause, it could be a tell. Autocheck suggests they have little in their hand. Auto-raise the opposite.
Speed of action
Slow players are likely to be distracted by work or playing two games. Any change of pace suggests their attention has been focused and they are likely to have a hand.
When the last card in Holdem makes a coordinated board (making a nut hand like a flush), the mediocre player pauses as if thinking, and then finally bets, representing 'weakness' in an effort to win the hand.
Noting down player names and styles can help. People who bet loosely regularly may be worth a call. Tight players that only act when they have a hand are not worth a bet. Paradise Poker has a note option for you to store notes on players.
In casino poker, showing down the best hand is only one way a winning player makes money. The same holds true online, but the logistical ways a thoughtful player increases his or her win rate are mostly quite different. When playing AK against your opponent’s J9, you aren’t just sending one hand value against another. Players who only earn the value of the hand strength of the AK over the J9 will fall well behind the much more successful players who do the logistical groundwork of lobby monitoring, database gathering and the rest. Hand value profit is only the tip of the iceberg.
2) The Gofer Gospel
Play as tight as a gofer's arse. Play on three or four tables at a time to ensure that early folding does not bore you to a standstill.
Unless you have a pair in the hand at the start or a combination of 10, J, Q, K, Ace, then fold. With four games going you will pull a healthy looking two card start every couple of minutes.
If you stay in for the flop and someone bets into you heavy, unless you have improved your hand or have the highest overcards, get out of there pronto. Stay disciplined, don't be tempted to gamble on a draw to a low straight or flush.
If everyone checks stay in as long as possible, if you have a weak hand at the end be careful.
In the play chip scenario, some people just want to gamble the most possible. This is tedious in pot limit as everyone takes about 20 bets to get to the river card.
Stick to no-limit, it's faster and more exciting (although be careful not to go all in on a prayer... lots of hard work and time can be undone in a few crazy seconds.
Choose the right poker room. Players on Ultimate Bet in the play chip games seem to be less serious and up for alot of banter (and meaningless betting). On Paradise Poker in my experience people actually don't like losing their play chips (not sure why).
Play heads up. One on one games rarely involve silly betting. Its more personal and actually not bad practice for real poker one on one end games.
Make a comment on the chat board. Getting into a discussion with someone who bets at every opportunity normally results in them leaving the table. I find describing them as morons with clearly no idea about poker, normally does the trick and gets support from the rest of the table. At the very least it makes the game more of a grudge match!