PLAY A TABLE
I can not sweat enough, how important this poker tip is! Your goal is to learn the poker strategy and focus on seeing all the information. So let’s multi-tabling for the future, stick to a table and try to absorb all the information you can get.
See how your opponents play and what hands they have at the showdown. As I said, focus on using your position and following a tightly aggressive approach. That can take you pretty far.
PLAY ONLY IF YOU FEEL GOOD
Emotions are your enemy at the poker table. Sure enough, you can get angry or saddened when you lose while playing, and you need to deal with it, but do not make it worse by starting your games when you feel bad.
We do stupid things when we’re tired, angry or even drunk and it can cost us a lot of money. Avoid starting your games if you feel bad. It’s the first, but a big step to becoming a better poker player.
If you are able to handle these emotions, you can go one step further and take a few minutes to prepare for your sessions before you start playing. For more information on self administration and mental games, please get my FREE poker book!
LEARN POKER ODDS
You need to know what poker odds you need to win and which pot odds you will receive. All you have to do then is make your decisions based on them, not your emotions.
What is the pot odds? It’s a concept that lets you understand if you’re getting the right price to continue with your hand and help you make the right decision. This is a big concept we will not go into, but I will give you a short list of the most common Texas Holdem hands and how many outs you have to improve a given hand to the next street:
Abdominal Shot – 4 outs
Two overcards – 6 outs
Straight draw with straight end – 8 outs
Flush Draw – 9 outs
Flush Draw & Good Shot – 12 Outs
Straight flush draw – 15 outs
You can easily see how likely it is to improve your hand by simply multiplying your outs by 2 to determine the approximate probability that you will hit your hand in the next street, or multiply by 4 if you Search for the number you are likely to upgrade. Improve your hand from the flop to the river. If you have an open ended straight draw on the flop with 8 outs, you can expect to improve it by about 8 * 2 = 16% in the round and hit your straight or 8 * 4 = 32% of the time River. These are not exact numbers, but they are very close to the exact ones and it is by far the best and easiest way to learn the poker strategy. In addition, my full article has much more information about poker odds. I strongly recommend reading this article. Think about it when making a tie decision and take that poker tip seriously.
THINK OF YOUR PRESENT CARDS
If you know how likely it is to improve your poker hand when you have a draw, you need to learn how to put your opponent on a range. In this way, you can track how many outs you actually have, and then make a more informed decision. Many factors can indicate which hands your opponent might play. It’s a pretty difficult and advanced topic, but you can start with a simple version of it.
Think about his position, which hands he could open and play from there.
His post-flop action may indicate what he might have. Betting or checking can indicate its strength or weakness, and you should look for this information.
Board quality is also an important factor to consider. It is less likely that people on dry boards have strong hands than on connected ones.
The time it takes to make a decision and use it can also give us additional information.
There are many things to keep in mind and it takes a lot of practice to think about it. Do not blame yourself if you struggle with it in the beginning. As we said, this is a complex subject to which books have been written. So do not expect to master it in a day or a week. Keep playing and learn the right poker strategy!
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