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Top 10 Poker Tips - Thu Jul 21, 2011, 03:15 AM
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Want to become a better player, fast? Follow these 10 tips to boost your poker performance & profits. While geared to beginner players, there's poker tips that even seasoned pros should remind themselves of once in a while.

1. Don't Play Every Hand / Do Fold More
Probably the number one mistake beginning poker players make is that they play far too many hands. When you're just starting out playing poker, you want to play poker, and that means staying in hands that aren't very good just to be part of the action. But playing more doesn't mean winning more, it usually means losing more. If you find you're staying in half or more the hands you're dealt, you need to upgrade your starting hand requirements.

2. Don't Play Drunk
Countless nights have I sat across a table from someone & watched them get plastered silly and throw away their entire stack of chips. I've been that person too - and there are nights where you're just playing with friends for low stakes and it's more about the fun than the poker - but if you're in a casino, watch the alcohol. The truth is, while you may be more relaxed after 2 drinks, it may lead to you playing looser and less sharply, even if one's not 'drunk.'

3. Don't Bluff Just For Bluffing's Sake
A lot of beginner's understand that bluffing is a part of poker, but not exactly how. There's is NO rule that one must bluff a certain amount or at all during a poker game, but many players don't feel like they've won unless they've tried a poker bluff. Bluffs only work in certain situations & against certain people, and if you know a player always calls to the showdown, it is literally impossible to bluff that player. It's better never to bluff than to bluff "just to bluff."

4. Don't Stay in a Hand Just Because You're Already In It
Another common mistake beginners make is to think that "Well, I've already put that much in the pot, I have to stay in now." Nope. You can't win a pot just by throwing money at it. There may be cases when pot odds warrant a call, but if you're sure you're beaten, and there's no way your hand can improve to be the best hand, you should fold right away. The money you've already put in the pot isn't yours anymore, and you can't get it back just by playing a hand all the way to the end.

5. Don't Call at the End of a Hand to "Keep Someone Honest"
This one follows the last tip. I see a lot of players look at another player's final bet, look at the hand, & say "I know you've got me, but I have to keep you honest," as they throw in a final call. It may be worth it to see if a player really has the hand if you're not sure & you're gaining information that will help you later on, but if you really feel a player has the hand he's representing & you're beat, why give him another pile of your money? Those bets will add up over an evening.

6. Don't Play When Mad, Sad, or in a Generally Bad Mood
When you play poker, you shouldn't do it to escape from being depressed or having a really bad day. You start out on tilt -- playing emotionally, not rationally -- and you won't play your best. Likewise, if during a poker game, you lose a big hand or get sucked out on and feel yourself going on tilt, stand up & take a break until you feel calm later on. Fellow players will sense your mood & take advantage of it.

7. Do Pay Attention to the Cards on the Table
When you first start playing, it's enough just to remember how to play and pay attention to your own hand. But once you've got that down, it's incredibly important to look at what's going on at the table. In Texas Hold'em, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop. Make sure you notice flush & straight possibilities.

8. Do Pay Attention to the Other Players
As you play, one of the single best things you can do is observe your opponents, even when you're not in a hand. If you know if one player always raises in a certain position, & another has a poker tell when he bluffs, & a 3rd folds to every re-raise, you can use that information to help you decide how to play against them. Once you know that player 3 always folds to a re-raise on a river, that's when you can bluff & steal a pot.

9. Don't Play at too High Limits
There are many reasons people move up to a higher limit game than they usually play. Good reasons like they've been winning consistently at a lower lever & are ready to move up, & bad reasons like the line is shorter for higher limits or you want to impress someone. Don't play at stakes that make you think about the actual money in terms of day-to-day life or with money you can't lose. Even if you had one super-good night at $2/4, resist the urge to play $5/10. The next tip explains more why.

10. Do Pick the Right Game for Your Skill Level & Bankroll
One of the reasons you shouldn't jump into a $5/10 game after winning a huge bunch of money at $2/4 is because as the stakes rise, so does the average skill level of the players sitting there. You want to be one of the best at the table, not the fish who sits down with sharks. If you're making stacks of money at a lower level game, why move? You're winning stacks of money. The swings up & down at higher limits are much bigger, and one big night's win won't last long at a high-stakes game. GL ALL
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 04:25 AM
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Good tips. As a new player, I have a tip too I think is good that i've learned from experience.

After you fold a hand.. don't pay attention to what flops (well, pay attention so you can gauge your opponents, but don't think about it from your perspective).

I can't count the times I've folded 7 2 os only to have missed a 77722 full house. It happens to me all the time. But if I start thinking like that, or wishing I played this hand, it makes you loosen up. True, I would have won any 72 hand I played if two sevens and a two came up.. but I still made the right call to fold.

So don't let the frustration of "GRR I WISH I PLAYED THIS HAND.." lead you to playing hands that you really shouldn't.
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 05:55 AM
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solid tips guys. thanks
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 08:53 AM
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Good tips. As a new player, I have a tip too I think is good that i've learned from experience.

After you fold a hand.. don't pay attention to what flops (well, pay attention so you can gauge your opponents, but don't think about it from your perspective).

I can't count the times I've folded 7 2 os only to have missed a 77722 full house. It happens to me all the time. But if I start thinking like that, or wishing I played this hand, it makes you loosen up. True, I would have won any 72 hand I played if two sevens and a two came up.. but I still made the right call to fold.

So don't let the frustration of "GRR I WISH I PLAYED THIS HAND.." lead you to playing hands that you really shouldn't.
True, all i tell my self when that happens is this, if i was in the hand that wouldn't play out as it did, folded 3 9 off with some1raising 6 BBs, flop 333, hell yeah i made a good fold like that would flop if i was in the hand.....
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Tip #2

are you effin nuts, thats the only way to play................hiccup

cheers
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 11:18 AM
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Tip #2

are you effin nuts, thats the only way to play................hiccup

cheers
eff off, i was like when i was reading this, i play poker with my blood alco level at .15 LOL and thought of u as well eff but its for others to consider eff lol be well gl at tables
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 12:53 PM
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Nice post, good tips, the biggest ones i have to get a handle on are playing drunk, many a time i have lost my br online because of being drunk also losing a big stack in the casino.
The emotional side, i can go from having a great day to having the worst day when i am unable to handle a bad beat or i know i made a mistake, which leads to more mistakes. I think i am getting the emotional side of it under control, however i came in drunk on tuesday and blew $55. lol.
I think i'll start excluding myself for 12 or 24 hours when i'm going for a beer

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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Nice post, good tips, the biggest ones i have to get a handle on are playing drunk, many a time i have lost my br online because of being drunk also losing a big stack in the casino.
The emotional side, i can go from having a great day to having the worst day when i am unable to handle a bad beat or i know i made a mistake, which leads to more mistakes. I think i am getting the emotional side of it under control, however i came in drunk on tuesday and blew $55. lol.
I think i'll start excluding myself for 12 or 24 hours when i'm going for a beer

IF I DID THAT I'D NEVER PLAY AGAIN


 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 01:26 PM
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IF I DID THAT I'D NEVER PLAY AGAIN


i usually build my br from pso money never got past the $50 mark, but i didn't get any this month.
deposited $15 this month and i am now sitting at nice 3 figure sum and that's with losing $55 two days ago.
 
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Thu Jul 21, 2011, 05:13 PM
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KO, those are fantastic!!! Thanks so much for the tips and encouragement!!!

#4 and 5 are me to a T! (special mention going to #3, 6, and 7)


I'm going to try and make avoiding #4 and 5 my special project - those (not so) 'little' leaks really start to add up. Will see how it goes

 
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Fri Jul 22, 2011, 12:38 AM
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Hey, so the folding thing's workin' like a charm!!!

Still got some leaks - called down to the river with AT and AJ when I was fairly sure I was up against better. And also clung too long to AKs with 3 to a flush on the flop (other suit) - turns out I was up against AKs and the flopped the nuts, so I'm not sure what I was hoping to hit when I called on the turn

And, oh, not worrying about getting bluffed, there were these two donkeys to my left and right who made river bets when we were in the blinds alone, which got me to fold my A high - only to have them flash their rags in my face to let me know they just stole the pot ... waaahhhh! That's one thing you never have to put up with when you're a calling station but I think I avoiding losing way more chips by folding in marginal situations than I would have won by calling, so I think this worked out really, really well!!!

I did a lot better than usual in the Big $2.20, but most importantly, I didn't have those wild swings from big stack to short-stack and everything in between. That felt really good

Thx for sharing the tips KO - great to see u representing PSO in the Top 10 of the new league!!!

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Fri Jul 22, 2011, 01:19 AM
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Hey, so the folding thing's workin' like a charm!!!

Still got some leaks - called down to the river with AT and AJ when I was fairly sure I was up against better. And also clung too long to AKs with 3 to a flush on the flop (other suit) - turns out I was up against AKs and the flopped the nuts, so I'm not sure what I was hoping to hit when I called on the turn

And, oh, not worrying about getting bluffed, there were these two donkeys to my left and right who made river bets when we were in the blinds alone, which got me to fold my A high - only to have them flash their rags in my face to let me know they just stole the pot ... waaahhhh! That's one thing you never have to put up with when you're a calling station but I think I avoiding losing way more chips by folding in marginal situations than I would have won by calling, so I think this worked out really, really well!!!

I did a lot better than usual in the Big $2.20, but most importantly, I didn't have those wild swings from big stack to short-stack and everything in between. That felt really good

Thx for sharing the tips KO - great to see u representing PSO in the Top 10 of the new league!!!
Your welcome an thanks GL
 
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Fri Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM
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1A. Never stop learning. Read as much as you can. Participate in learning through forums, hand analysis, and live training. Not just here, but anywhere you can.
 
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learning - Fri Jul 22, 2011, 11:06 AM
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1A. Never stop learning. Read as much as you can. Participate in learning through forums, hand analysis, and live training. Not just here, but anywhere you can.
reading and taking live training is good but it only gets you so far because most off the training is done by the instructers or authers style off play,there styles may suit some off the students but not all,to mee the best training you can give your self is by playing start off on play chip tables then when you do well there move up to the next level,poker is mostley an individual game and the best practice you can get while playing is if your not in a hand pay attension to the action on the table you may pick up a tell that will help you when you play a hang,good luck at the tables
 
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Fri Jul 22, 2011, 11:41 AM
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reading and taking live training is good but it only gets you so far because most off the training is done by the instructers or authers style off play,there styles may suit some off the students but not all,to mee the best training you can give your self is by playing start off on play chip tables then when you do well there move up to the next level,poker is mostley an individual game and the best practice you can get while playing is if your not in a hand pay attension to the action on the table you may pick up a tell that will help you when you play a hang,good luck at the tables
I have to disagree a bit ron. The point I make is that you should attempt to learn everywhere, not just here. There are other resources that are available besides just here. They all should be explored.
If you are making mistakes, then you will keep making the same mistakes until you LEARN of the leaks in your game. This isn't likely to come to light in play money or even micro stakes games. You have to keep learning through any means available.
While I do agree that it is an individual style that you will have, (due to experience, influence, and even personality) you should always be looking at successful players and trying to take at least just a little bit from their experiences and knowledge.
 
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Fri Jul 22, 2011, 12:34 PM
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I have to disagree a bit ron. The point I make is that you should attempt to learn everywhere, not just here. There are other resources that are available besides just here. They all should be explored.
If you are making mistakes, then you will keep making the same mistakes until you LEARN of the leaks in your game. This isn't likely to come to light in play money or even micro stakes games. You have to keep learning through any means available.
While I do agree that it is an individual style that you will have, (due to experience, influence, and even personality) you should always be looking at successful players and trying to take at least just a little bit from their experiences and knowledge.
the best place to look at the great players is here on the rail,iv been lucky enuff to play against a few,i played against space gravey in a step 3 turbo 2years ago before he signed with stars played mareen and chiren80 in cash games once each
 
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Sun Jul 24, 2011, 09:33 PM
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OP: start applying those yourself, that way you may stop having - ROI and -bb/100 on real money games.
 
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Mon Jul 25, 2011, 03:05 AM
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OP: start applying those yourself, that way you may stop having - ROI and -bb/100 on real money games.
Guess what winning some free cash in the league makes up for the stats elsewhere lol enjoy being a microbe on a hen GL
 

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