The following Poker tips should help make you a better poker player and improve your game:
1) Know your hands! Obvious but it’s amazing how many regular players aren’t so sure of which hand beats which. The very top hands may not develop very often but you’ll need to make sure you know where you stand when they do.
2) Don’t be overly focussed on your hand. Be mindful what others could have and where it would leave you. Use this knowledge along with the staking of your opponents to decide how to act.
3) Fold most hands and have patience for the good hands to come your way. If you’re bored stop playing.
4) Don’t over value pairs especially small pairs. Even a pair of jacks often seem better than they are and if more than a couple of players decide to see the flop it’s likely you’ll be beaten.
5) Raise early with a good hand to narrow down the competition. You might think you’re clever slow playing 2 aces but you’ll leave more in the hand and you’ll be susceptible to being beaten on the river. Checking allows people to see cards for nothing so bet if you have something, make them pay to see the cards.
6) Don’t raise too high. Especially true early on particularly when it could make it obvious what you’ve got. If your hand is that good you want to keep adding to the pot and keep others in until the end. Going all in may result in everyone folding and a crappy return for your best hand in the last hour.
7) Try not to go all in unless you can’t be beaten. Obviously there are times when you have to take a calculated risk but it’s important to stay in the game.
8) Bluff sparingly. Poker amateurs think the game is all about bluffing but it isn’t really. If you bluff your way to the river and go all in with a 6 and a 7 you’re stupid. Use a bluff to bully people out of small pots early on to creep up your chips but never go high on a rubbish hand.
9) Play low cost blind games to start. It’s an excellent way to learn and the standard won’t be too high. There’ll often be some impatient idiot ready to go all in on every hand who is just waiting to give you his/her money.
10) Don’t think you are a master after a bit of success. If you’re the king of the low cost blinds/low entry fees tournaments don’t expect to be able to cut the mustard in more expensive games/tournaments. The bigger money attracts better players and you’re in for a shock if you think it will be just as easy. Up stakes with caution.
11) See the flop when it’s cheap to do so. If you’ve got a poor hand and the pots barely raised then see the flop. Particularly in tournaments when the blinds are low and will soon be raised. You need to build your pot when the blinds are low.
12) Never go all in just because you’ve already put a lot in. If you think that your hands not as strong as you hoped/thought and that the chances are you’ll be beat then walk away and fold. It’s never too late to cut your losses.
Finally don’t waste a penny of your own money until you are competent enough to play. There are plenty of free rolls available with prizes on offer and the learning process doesn’t have to be a costly one.