More Poker Tips and Hints - Becoming a Better Poker Player
Read on. Here are some very useful tips you can take to heart, and every one of them will improve your game.
• Fold Fold Fold
Don't be scared to fold. As a general rule, if you have nothing in your hand, do not expect that later
cards will remedy that situation. Feel free to fold frequently. It is better to sacrifice your small early bets then
to rope yourself into a betting war with a seasoned pro.
• Do not fall in love!
Even though aces is the best hand to start off with, the board may kill them. If you suspect that all the other
players now have better cards, you're probably right.
• Practice practice practice
Learn the game by playing the game.
• Study your opponents
Especially when you are not playing hands and can pay careful attention. Do they find more hands to play
than they fold? Do they bluff? Can they be bluffed? Do they have any "tells" (give away mannerisms) that
disclose information about their hands etc.
• Get caught bluffing once in a while
It is a way to vary your play and not be too predictable. You win pots that you don't deserve
when your bluff works. You lose a few chips when it doesn't work but it will get you calls
from weaker hands down the line when you have a strong hand and need the action.
• Hand strength
Once a player has mastered the rank of hands, it is more important to realize their relative strength at a
poker table. Approximately half the five-card hands in any given game will be less than a pair of twos,
but only about one-fourth of five-card hands in the long run will be better than a pair of Aces. A full
house is such a good hand that it is far more likely to be the best hand on the table than a 7 high
(the lowest possible hand) is to be the lowest hand at a given table.
One mistake made by many beginners is to bet hands that are unlikely to win in the showdown, hoping that
they will eventually improve. In the long run, this is a losing strategy against experienced players.
For example, in draw poker, any hand less than a pair should generally be folded at the earliest
opportunity. In other games, such as Texas Hold 'Em where only two cards are dealt before the betting
round, unmatched combinations of low cards are unlikely to result in a winning hand.
• Position Play
Being seated in a 'late position' is a huge advantage, getting to see your opponents move before itīs your
turn. A good starting hand in an early position may actually be a worse hand to play than a bad hand in late
This one is the key. You must not let the highs and lows affect you. If you cannot do this, than you need
to find another profession.
• Start at the Bottom
Even if you turn out to be the biggest poker talent the world has ever seen, you are best off starting at
the bottom. Playing low stakes limit games or tournaments is a good way to get a lot of hands under your
belt without taking too big a risk.
• Take your time
The biggest mistake most players make is to act too quickly. When you have an important decision to make,
take your time and re-think how the betting has gone and what your opponent might have.
• When you win
Always preserve a good portion of your winnings and make sure you walk out the door with it. Don't get
• Pay attention
Watch and see who the aggressive/loose players are and who the tight players are. Generally, you should
try to play with the loose players. Avoid the tight players when they come into a pot unless you have a
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