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Poker Tips – 10 Things You Need to Know Before Playing

For those who love playing poker, here is a list of some of the most important things you need to know before you play. These poker tips will help you get a head start and hopefully win a poker tournament or two.

  1. Play tight. This is the best advice for beginners, period. They say loose aggressive is the best way to win, and that certainly holds true for poker. Because of the numerous open ended straight and flush draws in Hold’em, many players get into a pattern that forces them to play too many hands. The problem is it usually takes several hands to get out of this pattern. Furthermore, because these patterns are difficult to overcome, a suited button raise or a semi-bluff when you know you have the best hand can often net you the pot instead of forcing you to call.
  2. Observe your opponents. Take mental note of the many hands they play, the kind of chatter they have, the Whether they bluff or call when raising, the number of pots they win from holding stronger hands, and the like. All of this information colluded around your table and can be used later on to your benefit.
  3. Read the laws of poker. Types of hands, probabilities, and ose numbers. Yes, you read right, you can drastically increase your chances of winning a hand by knowing how many cards make up a poker hand. The odds of having a flush hand are 1 in 37,49. However, since most neys are not decided on the flop, but decided on the river card, knowing the probability of your opponents getting a better hand than you are actually holding a flush is of prime importance. You will often win a pot precisely because they misread what you holding and tried to bet you short.
  4. Clinch the pot. Unfortunately, not all pots are won with cards. Many times a player will have a monster, call raises, and then lose to a bigger straight or flush. In these situations it is important to show that you will not go on tilt, in other words calm yourself and stick to your solid game plan. When you calm yourself and stick to your current strategy, you can afford to make a few mistakes, because you are not in a sphere where you can afford to make many mistakes.
  5. Never give up. Poker is a game of uphill struggles. You will be awkward and uncomfortable at some of the spots, just because you have already put in a long race to get to a higher position. Sometimes the best advice is to just take a big grinder’s scowl of the hand at them and let them see the mistake they made. With practice you will be able to do this with confidence.
  6. Know when to get out. If you spot a losing player, or a player who is starting to make a pattern of losing hands, it is time to get out a have a break from the game. If you think the other player is using intimidation or fear to get them to call, chances are they are either right or have a very strong hand.
  7. Know when to be in. It’s easy to feel in control of the 7meter, after all you have all the time in the world and no one can steal your decorum. However, this is also your chance to see how your other playing companions are doing. After all you are, after all, paying for their travel and hotel. If you’re in a star-filled casino it’s hard to believe you’re actually playing a game with other people. So, when you spot a player maybe it is time to re-evaluate your position.
  8. Play consistently. If you’re at a casino that features a slot lounge, the theme of the machines could suffer if you become distracted. Also, the longer you stay, the less people you have to compete with and the more chances you have of winning. If you feel groggy and there are milk legs on the way to the table, it’s time to get out a go some poker.
  9. Be able to re-raise a big bet. If you call the raise and the pot is made, you will have to act again before the dealer checks for a new shooter. When you make a large bet, you can affect the game in a significant way. Often, a bet of tens or even thousands can scare away opponents and may cause the dealer to hesitate before making a third card.
  10. Take private stems. If you make a bet of sixty dollars, the dealer will probably give you a private stem and only play for cheap pots. Then, when you make a large bet, the dealer will suspect you to be bluffing and he might even charge you a fifth card.