By learning about common mistakes in No Limit Texas Hold’em, we can increase our chances of successfully avoiding them. In this article we will take a look at some beginner mistakes that might be preventing you from taking your No Limit Texas Hold’em play to the next level.
Calling too much
It’s fun and exciting to call, but calling too much will be very costly in the long run. Many beginners call almost regardless of the strength of their own hand and will happily pay large amounts of money to call even when their own hand is a bleak straight draw. Also, they are often fond of doing expensive calls at the river with mediocre hands.
Being afraid of not getting paid
Many beginners are so afraid that everyone will fold that they slow play all their great hands. They get a straight or three of a kind but only make a small bet since they fear that everyone will fold if they bet a lot. This is often a poor strategy, because even though you might get paid it will probably be a small pot. In the long run, its usually better to bet a lot. Once in a while you will end up with nothing but the blinds, but more frequently you will get a really nice payment for your great hand.
Going back and forth between Texas Hold’em and Omaha
Texas Hold’em and Omaha are two very popular poker games, and virtually all poker rooms offer these two poker variants. Texas Hold’em and Omaha have a lot of things in common, such as the use of community cards, but there are also several important differences that must be taken into a account. If you go back and forth between Texas Hold’em tables and Omaha tables, the risk of making a mistake becomes very high – especially if you are a beginner. If you absolutely must play several poker variants at the same time, pair Texas Hold’em or Omaha with something completely different such as 7 Card Stud.
Punishing the donkey
When you are putting a lot of time and effort into learning No Limit Texas Hold’em, it can be incredibly annoying when a donkey shows up at the table making all the “wrong” moves. If the donkey goes all in with 2-7 and then miraculous takes your money, it is easy to become frustrated and embark on a vendetta where you try to punish the donkey. This is a sure-fire way of giving your money away, either to the donkey or to someone else at the table who are more experienced in dealing with donkeys and donkey-haters. Use your skills to carefully exploit the donkey, never letting your feelings determine your actions.