Table Selection Tips for Poker Props (part 2)
Poker props have to deal with quite a handicap when it comes to table selection. The propping rules forbid them to join tables which are already full, therefore sitting idle and observing a table for a while before taking a seat is not exactly an option. While not all prop sites feature the same restrictions, most of them do.
Poker props are hired with a purpose: they need to generate action in order to earn their keep, and to that end, they're mostly required to start new tables instead of joining already existing ones.
The good news is though that sometimes starting a new table is the very thing that will result in a profitably soft playing environment. Short Stacked fish seem to find short-handed tables attractive, thus just sitting down at an empty table will often result in fish joining. As the table fills up, regulars will join in too, but as long as there are enough fish, you can keep playing there.
Another trick to start action is to find a table with a regular already sitting at it. In order to pull this trick off, you need to be a relatively reasonable heads-up player though. On the other hand, you may not have to play heads-up for too long: fish seem to love such setups and they'll join in droves before you know it. Always keep in mind that tables mold and evolve all the time as players come and go, therefore, you should be prepared to move to another table once the action gets too tight, regardless of the fact that it was you who started it.
What else can you do to spot fish? Short stacked players often fit this category. It doesn't mean that every player with a less than full stack is a fish, but it represents a good starting point. Fish are unaware of the advantages that a full stack offers them, therefore as part of their "bankroll management", they'll only take a few chips to the table as they feel the rest of their bankroll is safer when not in play.
Regulars aim to have as many chips in play as possible, so that when they land a monster, they can take as many chips from their opponents as possible. For a well bankrolled regular, the auto-top-up option is always set to on. As soon as he loses some chips, he gets his stack back up to max.