5 poker tips

  • Don’t throw good money after bad money. Unskilled poker players are often tempted to stay in a pot simply because they’ve already put so much money in it. It is true that folding will hurt and you will lose the money you have in the pot, but it is better to take the pain right away than simply pushing it in front of you while you toss even more money into that bottomless pit. Yes, sometimes players are incredibly lucky and get exactly the right card on the river, but basing your poker strategy on that fact will cost you a small fortune in the long run.
  • Don’t call someone just because you want to punish themYes, its easy to get annoyed at the poker table. But calling someone simply because you hold a personal grudge and really, really wish to catch them bluffing is not the right way to go. You don’t want to end up adding chips to their stack, do you? Keep calm and make rational decisions.
  • Don’t stay in a pot because its boring to foldAny visit to a free roll or really cheap cash game table will place you in the company of a lot of players who stay in pots simply because they hate being left out of the action. Even with a 2-7 starting hand they push their money into the pot. At more expensive tables, this behavior is typically the trade mark of adrenaline junkies, drunks and rich hobby players with too much money to spend. If you can’t handle staying out of a pot, you won’t become a winning poker player in the long run. Look at the pros, many of them discard over 70 percent of their starting hands at cash game tables.
  • Don’t move up until you’re readyOnce you start accumulating a nice little bankroll it’s tempting to move up a few steps to the more expensive poker tables, but moving up to quickly has been the ruin of many promising bankrolls. Also, do not assume that playing at a higher level will be just like playing at lower level – only with higher stakes. As you move up, you will encounter a new type of players and this will change the dynamics of the game. You need to have a bankroll large enough to keep you afloat as you adjust to the new gambling environment.
  • Don’t bluff recklesslyPoker beginners sometimes think that a good poker players bluff a certain percentage of all hands and that frequent bluffing is the hallmark of a serious poker player. Also, there are plenty of poker players that love to bluff simply because their ego get such a kick when other players fall for it. Don’t fall into any of these traps and waste your money on anserine bluffing. Skilled poker players bluff when the situation is suitable for bluffing and after having taken a lot of different factors into consideration. They don’t bluff a certain number of hands per hour, or bluff to stroke their own ego or bluff because they can’t bare the thought of folding.