Top 10 Poker Tips
It’s time for a recap on the simplest and most fundamental strategies for playing winning poker. If you follow this advice you may not win every time but you'll certainly reduce your number of losses.
- Know your own abilities and if you think the people at your table are better than you are move to another table. There is no point being the fish at a table full of sharks.
- Play at a table that suits your bankroll. You need to have the chips available in order to play a good hand, if you're short stacked or playing at a table where the blinds are more than you can afford, you're putting yourself at a major disadvantage.
- Don't play too many hands. Play the hands you have a good chance of winning and don't waste money hoping that the River card will miraculously present you with a killer hand.
- Pay attention to the other players at your table and try to pick up trends in their play that you can use to your advantage.
- Don’t go on tilt. Playing stupidly after you've just won or lost a huge pot will see your stack reduced to zero in no time.
- Don't get emotional. Getting angry or upset at the poker table will reduce your enjoyment of the game and make you play badly. You're better off taking time out to cool off rather than losing your money and giving yourself even more reason to get upset.
- Don't chase losses. If you lose a large pot then so be it. As long as your strategy is good you'll recoup your losses in the long run.
- Don't be afraid to learn more in order to improve your game. Be sure to read as much as you can and take advice when it is offered but make sure that the tips and advice you're getting are relevant to your game. Don't be afraid to disregard a tip if it goes against your established strategy especially if that strategy is working well for you.
- Know yourself and play the game you're comfortable with. If you're an aggressive person who is comfortable with playing an aggressive game then play it. If you're more conservative then learn to play to your personality. If you're playing in a style that you are not comfortable with, your opponents will see you coming a mile away.
- Mix it up! Don't be predictable. Adjust your playing style as you play so that others at your table can't get a fix on how you'll react in a particular situation. Don't abandon your style completely but at the same time don't be afraid to adjust it every now and then.