Mistakes at intermediate level

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:35

Mistakes at Intermediate Level

Intermediate poker mistakes.


Winning in poker entails training, strategy, and luck. Poker players don't play solely for poker room promotions or the huge pot at stake. Most of them play for the game itself. But often times, they lose in games because of several reasons: They might have failed to fold the second best hand, they got beaten by a premium hand, or they are simply clueless about computing for the expected value. This isn't surprising because even intermediate players commit a few common mistakes along the way.

Learning about poker odds, poker hands, and poker tells will help beginners in understanding the game. In addition, knowing about common poker errors will save them from falling into the same trap where intermediate players have fallen into. One common mistake among poker players is playing in tournaments where luck is very much involved. Players should first play in ring games where luck is not much of a winning factor as skill is. Playing in tournaments doesn't help players in learning the game because few hands are played after a flop.

Another players' common mistake is concentrating only on their own cards instead of considering their opponents'. Most poker players commit this crime which could lose them a huge amount of money in games. They should always remind themselves that poker is the card game of opposing skills where bluffing and reading skills are needed.

Other common mistakes of players include mastering all kinds of games, failing to record statistics, and avoiding bad beats through higher limits. Mastering all kinds of games isn't helpful for intermediate players because they fail to concentrate on a particular game. Although trying out different kinds of poker is an excellent way to find out where they are good at, it isn't helping players excel in their game of choice.

Failing to record statistics often results to losing money because players overlook their errors in their past games. Recording one's statistics provides a means of game analysis, which makes players smarter in choosing games and strategies. Avoiding bad beats seems to be the answer to most gamblers' problems of winning in games. They assume that beating players who put in higher bets will bring bigger wins, but what they fail to see is how luck goes around. It is entirely up to them to make something good out of other players' mistakes.

It is quite a surprise that even intermediate players still commit mistakes that beginners often make. Some of them are folding when checking is a better move, throwing the best hand away, and getting carried away by emotions. Players who quickly fold after all the other players have checked lose their chance to take a peek at the card that's about to come up. Throwing the best hand away must be the mortal sin of careless poker players. They quickly dismiss the possibility that their hand can be better than their opponents' and so they lose despite their best hand. Aside from making players look bad, being emotional during games also makes them look stupid.