Online poker has been growing rapidly with more and more players getting really good and in fact starting to make a living on just playing poker . The road to reach this “exclusive” goal is to read a lot of information sources such as books, poker tips and guides. Every poker player has his/her on way of playing poker so in the end one classic strategy could really be the opposite of what you would really play out a hand.
Below you will find classic poker tips that every poker player should know. The tips on this page is directed to the beginners and novice players. If you are a intermediate or advanced poker player, these pokertips will hopefully be known to you.
The most important thing is to practise playing poker every chance you get. It can be a casual poker game with your friends where you can make every poker game unique with your own set of custom poker chips or you can play online – it is up to you.
Do not play every hand!
One of the most important mistakes a novice player makes is playing to many hands. There will be a time when you actually learn the game properly to play crap hands or make an illusion that you have a good start hand. This is one of the biggest mistakes a new poker players fall into since you do NOT want to miss the action. When you learn the rules and different strategies this will come to you automatically. Playing for ex a 6 2 suited just because it is suited will get you nowhere, unless the flop hits your cards. The odds for this to happen hitting a flush, or a straight is very low and besides what if you hit the flush, then you are most likely to follow to the river card since you hit and there you will be overrun by a higher flush!
Let us give an example of this: if you play at a 10 seated table this will be very important to you to know, if you are in a table only playing 3 players this is less important. Why? I always hear table position is crucial and yes it is. If you have the dealer button, and is acting last you will see the others taking action before you.
This leads us into our next tip since you will need to pay attention to the habits of your opponents. Let us say we are at a 10 seated table. You have been sitting here for a while and learned that “player2” is playing very tight and aggressive and only bets strong hands. He raises only with high cards and calls only accordingly to different strategy chart hands and never plays soft hand. Every one calls, then he raises let us say, 10X the blind. You do not want to throw away your pocket 9 9 ‘s but do this, this will probably save your money. Sitting last and/or acting after a player like this is depending on your position.
Observe your opponents
One of the most crucial things you need to learn is how does your opponents. Learn the ways he/she bets, calls, checks, check-raises. Study what cards they like to play and how they are playing them. If they play their hands aggressively you could sit and wait for a good hand to appear then attack to take a big pot down. If they are the tight playing kind you could use a strategy to raise more often, which will result in stealing more pots. You will learn that there are wild crazy players that raises every hand from any position as well as tight playing ones which only one plays the absolute top hands in.
We will not get into deeper thoughts here, for more information and strategies you should obtain poker resources like books or magazines and study hard. One good pointer is that if you have not spotted the worst player at the table after half an hour, then You are the worst player!
Mix your play
Let us say you have been playing for 2 hours at a table with six others. Your bankroll has grown a bit then suddenly it happens, you loose it all. There are some pointers to remember when you have left a game as you will notice. Play the hands that you win and loose in your head so that you understand what went wrong or right. Almost everyone can win in a poker game, that is the charm of the game.
One thing that makes a better poker player winning in the end (and a proof is that we have several players that have won WSOP more than once) is that they mix their game. Knowing when to play aggressive and when to play tight to confuse your opponents for spotting your game is important. Of course there is a counter strategy for this, where a player will bluff with the intention of being caught and “marked” as a loose player when in fact he is a tight player. This strategy, when you have learned the game, is one of the most powerful and crucial for winning big money. Do NOT try to learn all the ways of playing poker in a night then go out on the table thinking that you know how to mix your game allthough you do not know your own game. First learn the game well. Then practise and find out what type that suites you, aggressive, tight, loose, wild, etc. Then practise the opposite of your type. EX if you feel and like to play tight then practise the aggressive type game on low-limit or play money. Now you are ready to practise how to mix your type of strategies. Remember to practise when to change the type of play, in what situations it pays off.
Bluff or Semi-bluff is another powerful tool if it is performed properly. The knowledge and procedures behind a bluff could be, ” I will bet this hand although I have nothing, to see if my opponent follows me” this statement are only really good for obtaining information about your opponents hand. This is generally not a bluffing situation since you have nothing and you do not have a clue of what your opponent have. An example of a good bluff: You are in the small blind and the other in front of you have all folded. You raise 4 times the blind with a crap hand like 3 5 off suite to steal the pot knowing that the player on the big blind is a tight player and he calls. What do you know now? He probably is sitting with high cards or a pair. The flop comes 3 7 8. This is a good flop for you to bluff there is only low cards on the table. This is also called a semi-bluff since you have hit a pair and you have a remote chance of hitting two runners 4 and a 6 to complete the straight.
We will soon provide you with free strategy tips playing out a hand scenario like this but for now we advice you to obtain poker books or similar for learning this.