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10 poker tips to improve your game - article

A_Skywalker

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Top 10 Poker Tips to Make You a Better Player & Improve Your Poker Game
By Toby Bochan, About.com

1. Don't Play Every Hand / Do Fold More
Probably the number one mistake beginning poker players make is that they play far too many hands. When you're just starting out playing poker, you want to play poker, and that means staying in hands that aren't very good just to be part of the action. But playing more doesn't mean winning more, it usually means losing more. If you find you're staying in half or more the hands you're dealt, you need to upgrade your starting hand requirements.2. Don't Play Drunk
Countless nights have I sat across a table from someone & watched them get plastered silly and throw away their entire stack of chips. I've been that person too - and there are nights where you're just playing with friends for low stakes and it's more about the fun than the poker - but if you're in a casino, watch the alcohol. The truth is, while you may be more relaxed after 2 drinks, it may lead to you playing looser and less sharply, even if one's not 'drunk.'3. Don't Bluff Just For Bluffing's Sake
A lot of beginner's understand that bluffing is a part of poker, but not exactly how. There's is NO rule that one must bluff a certain amount or at all during a poker game, but 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, and if you know a player always calls to the showdown, it is literally impossible to bluff that player. It's better never to bluff than to bluff "just to bluff."

Learn more about bluffing dos and don'ts4. Don't Stay in a Hand Just Because You're Already In It
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 throwing money at it. There may be cases when pot odds warrant 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.5. Don't Call at the End of a Hand to "Keep Someone Honest"
This one follows the last tip. I see a lot of players look at another player's final bet, look at the hand, & say "I know you've got me, but I have to keep you honest," as they throw in a final call. It may be worth it to see if a player really has the hand if you're not sure & you're gaining information that will help you later on, but if you really feel a player has the hand he's representing & you're beat, why give him another pile of your money? Those bets will add up over an evening.6. Don't Play When Mad, Sad, or in a Generally Bad Mood
When you play poker, you shouldn't do it to escape from being depressed or having a really bad day. You start out on tilt -- playing emotionally, not rationally -- and you won't play your best. Likewise, if during a poker game, you lose a big hand or get sucked out on and feel yourself going on tilt, stand up & take a break until you feel calm later on. Fellow players will sense your mood & take advantage of it.7. Do Pay Attention to the Cards on the Table
When you first start playing, it's enough just 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. In Texas Hold'em, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop. Make sure you notice flush & straight possibilities. In 7-card stud, pay attention to what's showing & what people have folded when you consider calling opponents.8. Do Pay Attention to the Other Players
As you play, one of the single best things you can do is observe your opponents, even when you're not in a hand. If you know if one player always raises in a certain position, & another has a poker tell when he bluffs, & a 3rd folds to every re-raise, you can use that information to help you decide how to play against them. Once you know that player 3 always folds to a re-raise on a river, that's when you can bluff & steal a pot.

Learn more about reading poker tells9. Don't Play at too High Limits
There are many reasons people move up to a higher limit game than they usually play. Good reasons like they've been winning consistently at a lower lever & are ready to move up, & bad reasons like the line is shorter for higher limits or you want to impress someone. Don't play at stakes that make you think about the actual money in terms of day-to-day life or with money you can't lose. Even if you had one super-good night at $2/4, resist the urge to play $5/10. The next tip explains more why.10. Do Pick the Right Game for Your Skill Level & Bankroll
One of the reasons you shouldn't jump into a $5/10 game after winning a huge bunch of money at $2/4 is because as the stakes rise, so does the average skill level of the players sitting there. You want to be one of the best at the table, not the fish who sits down with sharks. If you're making stacks of money at a lower level game, why move? You're winning stacks of money. The swings up & down at higher limits are much bigger, and one big night's win won't last long at a high-stakes game.
 

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Yes,

A pretty good list that is a good starting points for beginners. I like #2, do not play drunk. Yes you can but then this is called gambling, not skilled poker. And drunk players are welcome. In fact they might be hard to play if they become maniacs.
 

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It depends how drunk they are and what kind of player they are, one time a friend of mine won 1000$ playing poker drunk in local casino.
Btw I like your avatar :p
 

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Yeah , I am agree with you. the post is informative and we should keep all this points on our mind. Especially beginners.
 

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Choose a game that you are confident with. There are many types of poker games. In order to increase your chance of success, you need to pick the right game,Never play with money that you need. Only play with excess money when it comes to gambling. If you don't have excess money now, resist the temptation of playing. You will never know when you need the money in the future,Pay attention to your opponents. When you are at the table, concentrate and pay attention to your opponents' facial expression and body language. If they do not have an unique personality, you can know whether they have a good or bad hand,Always concentrate during games. Do not think of other stuffs during the games and always stay alert. When you lapse into daydreaming, you may make a bad decision that will cost you the game,Choose the game with a limit you are comfortable with. Always stay in your comfort zone and play at tables where stakes are comfortable so that you will not worry about losing too much money.
 

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i must say it's the practicable poker tips to enhance your possibility of winning during the game.
if it is well followed, surely increase your winning percentage. :)
 

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Thanks for sharing. I guess we should also take note of the size of your opponents' chip stacks. Knowing their chip position can help us make key decisions such as whether or not we should even play a hand.
 

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Great! As more and more people are hooked to playing online poker, hope that these tips can help you while playing. Good luck!
 

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that tips are very helpful to some beginners...and it's good.
 

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All the ten tips are very well written and good for everyone especially for those persons who are totally new in the poker game. i think best point is that always pay attention to other player game and never drink any alcohol during game.
 

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Now that you know some online poker tips to make you a guaranteed winner, it's now up to you to apply these strategies.
 

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thanks for this tip...im now improving my self how to use a good bluff..lols
 
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