Poker tips can increase your chances of winning considerably
When you consider that more people play poker than golf, billiards, or tennis you realize that poker is hugely popular. Some people play for fun and others live from it. But how can you increase your chances of winning at this card game. Here are some poker tips.
Walk before you run
It’s been said that poker is easy to learn but hard to master and it’s true. The poker tip here is that even if you’re on a winning streak or your confidence is high, don’t look to the big stakes right away. Be patient, stay where you are and continue to learn and win as much as you can at that level
Practice is the key to success. Don’t think about the actual money in terms of day-to-day life or with money you can’t lose. Credit cards have their limits. Don’t be the fish who sits down with sharks. Think about it, why would you want to move to bigger competition if you’re making stacks of money at your current level. The ups and downs at higher limits are much bigger, and one big night’s win won’t last long at a high-stakes game. Take your time.
Know your odds
Like it or not, odds are the basis for every single decision you make at the table.
If you want to become good, you need a good understanding and feeling of how to use the odds to make the right decisions.
A successful bluff will convince your opponent that you hold cards that will beat them even though you don’t, so it’s important to consider how your play looks to them. If you really held the cards you want them to think you hold, would you have played the hand the way you did? Is the ‘story’ you are telling with your actions at the table consistent and logical? Bluffing is very important because it gives you a chance to win even when the cards don’t. Make good use of it.
Understanding the Position
To use this tactical edge in your favor, it’s generally wise to play more hands when in the ‘late’ positions (after most players have already acted) than in the ‘early’ positions. Good players will often relax their starting hand requirements in late position, as the added benefit of position affords them greater flexibility and more options as the hands play out.
Alcohol and poker is not a good mix
If you’re in a casino or at home, watch the alcohol. The truth is, while you may be more relaxed after two drinks, it may also lead to you playing looser hands and less sharply, even if you’re not fully drunk. Stay sharp between the ears, in a good mood and your game will stay the same.
Read your opponent
It’s incredibly important to look at what’s going on at the table and trying to read what other players have on their hand. Professional poker player, Daniel Negreanu, is one of the best to do it. Here’s a great example of Daniel reading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4Gqk-NfP7Y
You can be an aggressive player or a passive player, playing for fun or for money, at the end of the day, we all play this game because it’s exciting! With some extra poker tips, you have more chances of winning and that’s when it gets even more exciting.
Don’t forget, luck rewards the smart.