Tips and Tricks – Dos and don’ts at the poker table

Poker is as much a game of fun and entertainment, as it is a game of thinking and strategy. Some might think that you only need luck to be a successful poker player. Yes, luck is important, but with the right set of skills you can win more and lose less.

Let’s see some tips and tricks that might help you improve your technique.

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Bet less, fold more
Don’t – ever – play all hands at the poker table. Some hands are good, others are not. Be selective with your starting hands, especially when playing Texas Hold’em – in this game a good starting hand may win you the pot. Don’t be shy to fold – it’s better to leave with a small loss than to risk a bigger one.

Don’t bluff unless it’s necessary
Bluffing for the bluff’s sake is always a bad strategy. Read your opponents first, see how they bet. When the right opponents and the right situation meet, you will see the signs – then go for it.

Don’t G.U.I.
D.U.I. (driving under influence) is bad, so why should G.U.I. (gambling under influence) be good? Never drink while gambling real money! Never ever! Drinks help you relax and have more fun, but they dull your senses as well – this can lead to you losing your whole stack before the third beer arrives.

Don’t protect your blind bets
Consider blind bets money that is already lost. Don’t stay in a hand just to fight for your blind bets – this can lead to even more money lost. If a hand is bad, just fold. You can recover your losses in another round, when your hand is better.

Read the cards on the table
In Stud and Hold’em games there is a number of cards visible on the table. Reading these cards and thinking of possible winning hands that can be formed using those cards can be a great advantage. If a hand has a good potential for a straight and one of your opponents suddenly goes all-in… well, you do the math.

Read the players around the table
In real life poker rooms you can read lots of emotions on your opponents’ faces. In online poker rooms you can learn a great deal about them by watching their bets and the cards they reveal. Putting two and two together can give you a hint about what they do when they have strong hands or weak, and can help you beat them at the poker table.

Don’t play when not in the mood
Successful poker requires you to concentrate. If you are not wachful enough, you can find yourself a few bets short in no time. Never play emotionally, always be rational – make sober-minded decisions, not rushed and instinctive ones. Be sure to be able to decide before playing poker online.

October 14, 2013 by : posted in Games No Comments

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