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Poker Tips

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1. Don't play every hand

The most important of all poker tips is not to play too many starting hands. Don't fall into the common trap of thinking that “any hand can win”. While in Texas Hol’Em it's true that "any two cards can win", home poker is not about winning hands, it's about calculating the odds and reading people. So, be selective about which hands you play and remember that the easiest way to tell the difference between a good and a bad player is the tendency to play too many weak hands.

 

2. Don't over-bluff

Another common misconception about poker is that you need to bluff to win. Bluffing in poker is not as essential as you think it is. It's good to try the occasional bluff here and there, but the real art of knowing when to bluff comes from knowledge and practice. There's no rule saying that one must bluff a certain amount of times or at all during a poker game. However, many players don't feel like they've won unless they've tried a poker bluff. Bluffs only work in certain situations & against certain people. If you are a beginner, it's better to play your cards well, rather than trying to bluff your opponents out of hands.

 

3. If you know you can’t win, just fold

Another common mistake beginners make is to think that "Well, I've already put that much in the pot, I have to stay in now." Nope. You can't win a pot just by seeing every call of your opponents. There may be cases when the pot odds suggest a call, but if you're sure you're beaten, and there's no way your hand can improve to be the best hand, you should fold right away. The money you've already put in the pot isn't yours anymore, and you can't get it back just by playing a hand all the way to the end.

 

4. Mind the cards on the table

When you first start playing, it's enough to remember how to play and pay attention to your own hand. But once you've got that down, it's incredibly important to look at what's going on at the table. The best way to pick up tells is to watch your opponents and how they play in each pot. Even when you 're not in the hand, you should still concentrate on the game to understand how the cards are played. Hopefully, you will see what moves the players make when they don't have the best hand, and what moves they make when they do have the best hand. The more information you can get, the better your chances are to win.

 

5. Observe your opponents

As you play, one of the single best things you can do is observe your opponents, even when you're not in a hand. Poker is a people game played with cards rather than a card game played with people. Don't look at your cards all the time, observe your opponents. Watch how they bet, and how much they bet, in what position they bet etc. Learning how your opponents play is essential for winning.

 

6. Play against weaker players

Although home poker is about having fun and not winning all of your friends' money, you can sit at a table with less skillful opponents, if you want to win. If you 're better than the players who are playing against you, it makes sense that you 'll be the winner in the long run. That being said, the golden rule of poker states that, in order to become a better poker player, you should always play against players better than yourself. Have that in mind if you are about to pursue a poker career.

 

7. Suited cards…don't worth the fuss

The ultimate beginner mistake (that even some intermediate players make) is over-valuing suited cards. Having cards of the same suit, only improves your hand by 2% compared to a hand that is not suited. Flushes are not as common as you think, and if you limp in with your two small suited cards, there is the chance that you will lose all your money to a higher flush, if the flush does come.

 

8. Know the rules

This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at the number of players who go against this simple principle. There is no substitute for knowing the rules of the game. You don't want to find yourself calling on a player that just “shoved”, thinking that your straight beats his flush and lose all your money. There is no way you can be a winning poker player if you don't know the fundamental rules of the game.

 

9. Deal the game that suits you best

Dealer’s Choice poker is all about choosing the best game by your own standards. If you like to play along with odds, pick a community card game. If you are more of a gambling type of player, pick a wild card game. Don’t forget that you are the dealer, so take advantage!!!

 

10. Practice again and again. And when you 're tired, practice some more

How much practice is too much? Well, for poker, there is no such thing. You have to practice on any given chance, if you want to be a good poker player. Ed Macaulay once said “when you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win”. The years of practice necessary to master the play are well worth the effort, because even small improvements in a player’s abilities can have a tremendous effect on that player’s lifetime winnings. These skills involve calculating pot odds, recognizing betting patterns, bluffing, and using position. So, don’t stop practicing.

 

"Poker is a lot like sex, everyone thinks they are the best, but most don't have a clue what they are doing!"Dutch Boyd

 

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