Numerous Points To Keep In Mind While Playing Poker

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 11:12

Numerous points to keep in mind while playing poker

1. Pick the right hands wisely and do more folds. Poker players, especially beginners, play too many hands and lose their strategic hits. This will most probably bring you to playing every hand including one that isn’t good and ending up losing more. Playing poker doesn’t always mean that playing more will give you a better chance to win. The way to play poker is to make wiser decisions to be able to win. This may entail picking the right hand worth staying with and which hands to fold.

2. Play with an alert mind. When playing poker, you need all your wits with you so it's best to be alert. It is a very typical sight in casinos that players do make one or two sips of wine or alcohol to relax their minds while playing a game. This maybe true for others or at the beginning but always remember that alcohol can affect the way you think.  So when you play, drink only small amounts of alcohol.

3. Make a bluff at the right time and make sure you are at the upper hand. Bluffing can be fun when playing poker but it's more fulfilling when the bluffing gives a winning hand. To bluff is not a must when playing poker. A bluff can work at a given time and against some players but for people always calling showdowns, bluffing may not work.

Bluffing is a skill relevant and necessary to make a good poker player. That is why a player must understand when and how to bluff. When you bluff, you are basically making a bet or raise with an inferior or weak hand. When you master this wise strategy, you will be able to win even with inferior cards and be more profitable.

4. Don't stick to a hand just because you already contributed to the pot. Players put their bet in a pot, hoping to win. There are times, however, when a player has to give up and fold, especially if its obvious that other players have better hands. Remember that once you have put your money in the pot, it's not under your control anymore and that money along with the other players’ money will belong to you only if you win. So , be alert while playing and know when to fold. If you are sure to win, stay in your hand but if you are sure to lose, it’s time to fold.

5. If you’re not sure to win, avoid making a call at the end of the hand. In addition to the earlier reminder, it is best put in a strategy to gather further information that will support your next moves. However, if you are definite that your co-player has the upper hand and you’re sure not to win, don’t put additional money in the pot. Remember, you can still play another game.

6. Make sure you are in a good mood while playing. Playing poker will require you to analyze carefully your opponents' moves. That's why a player should have a good balance of mind to keep you alert as you try to make a wise decision. This may mean losing a big hand when you don’t play wisely. A player will need to watch out going “on tilt” or letting their emotions affect their judgment during long hours of play. Concentration is necessary to keep you on your feet; have a break especially when your first or earlier games haven’t turned out good. When you feel like tilting or losing your temper, stand up and walk around or get some fresh air until you've calmed down. Once you've calmed down, you have better chances of making wiser decisions and earn more profit in the process. After all, when a co-gamer senses your bad vibes, he or she can take advantage of your weakness.

7. Focus your attention to the cards on deck. At the start of the game, focus is necessary to the game rules and your own card. As the game proceeds and you get a hold of it however, it is equally important to analyze what’s going on the table. This is the case in almost all card games such as in the Texas Hold’em and Omaha, a gamer must figure out how to handle the first three cards dealt face-up on the table and when everyone’s bet are in. A player must be able to be aware of flush and straight possibilities. In the case of the 7-card stud, a player must focus on cards that have been folded and what’s showing when considering to make a call. This skill will provide gamers with the ability to know the hands of co-gamers and make profitable decisions.

8. Make sure you always observe your co-players. It is a known fact that “actions speak louder than words.” This is one of the best rules in poker game or any other card game. Whether or not you are on hand, pay attention to your co-players' actions as these will give you an idea on how to play your hand.

Understanding "poker tells" is one skill a player can acquire through lots of practice. A good player is a good observer; always observing your opponents can sharpen your ability to read your opponents. Body language is a kind of “tell” or reaction which can indicate  emotions while playing. These "poker tells" can be eventually read by your co-players if they are keen. When you master this trick, you can also avoid committing “tells” so that you can keep your cards secret.

It is fortunate that there are basic signs in which you can tell what hand your opponents are in. When a co-player has a good hand, he or she either shows no interest in a hand while still in it and hand shakes when placing a bet. His or her heart throbs fast, making breathing more rapid, and sighs and shruggs and glances at the chips after looking at hole cards. On the other hand, a player with weak hands just stares at other players and often holds his or her breath. But a player with a drawing hand checks hole cards after a flop and takes a long time before calling a bet.

9. Play high limits when you’re sure of your skill level and bankroll. Players that have consistently won games would have a reason to believe that it’s time to play higher limits. This would have gained them the necessary skills and also the experience that teaches hard and fast rules. There are however, unhealthy reasons for you to decide playing at this level such as wanting to impress someone or because you have higher chances to play because the line is shorter.

One good strategy after gaining lots of money from $2/4 is to stay on it and not jump into a  $5/10 game. It is a proven fact that when the stakes rise, so does the average skill of the player. When you are gaining profit in lower level games, it's means that you're slowly becoming an expert at such games. The up and down swings in higher level games are much bigger and one big win will not last long when playing high-stake games.