Some tips on how to improve your poker skills

Poker Tips

Poker Tips

Poker being a game that consists of both luck and skill, there is so much to learn about the game and things to consider before actually playing each hand.
The more you learn about poker, the more your luck factor decrease and skill will start to play a huge roll on what you have to do, when to play and when

In this article I will only cover a few basic rules that a new poker player have to master in order to start seeing a difference in his game and to
start winning more and more games.

I hope that you have the basic knowledge of poker and it’s rules, as this is only helpful tips to improve game skills, not a step by step tutorial on what poker is.

1. From the first hand of cards dealt to you, always peak and remember your hand of cards, Never in a single play look more than once at you hand. Except for Playing online poker as this rule is eliminated due to the continuous visibility of your hand.

2. Learn to control your emotions and see every game of poker as just another card game, but be attentive in looking at your opponents and talk to them if you like, to get them relaxed as this will not give away your hand but might get them to make mistakes and feel under pressure and reveal clue’s as to what they have in their hand.

3. NEVER PLAY BAD HANDS, in fact, don’t call with bad cards at all (limping). When you limp in poker it will cost you a lot of chips in every game. Limping and then folding after the flop
will take more of your chips then what you will win while limping. So basically just muck everything that is off suite and not nearly connected. Playing stuff like
9 and 4 will badly ruin your starting stack, rather limp with something that has more value, like an Ace and 4 of the same suit, as this can possibly become a flush.

4. If you are dealt with a good hand and decide not to raise pre-flop and then get the nuts, always make sure to raise. I suggest a raise of approx 4 times the big blind.

5. Receiving a good pair pre-flop means that you have to raise. Some people will ask why? The answer is simple, to make sure that a limper don’t strike luck and kill your great pre-flop hand. It’s humiliating if a limper holding a “2” and “4” makes a straight against your pocket Ace’s, rather eliminate them before there’s a chance for them seeing the flop. The normal raise here is also 4X the big blind, and if anybody in a position before you limped in and called the normal big blind, add an extra big blind for each of them to your raise. E.g. There is 3 players acting before you and each of them called the standard big blind, (e.g. big blind =100) Your normal raise would be 400 if you were first to act, but now 3 extra players called before you, 100 x 3 = 300, add this to the standard raise of 400 this will equals to a total of a 700 raise.

6. If it happens that someone call your raise, make sure you read the flop and keep an eye on the others reaction to it. It might show you a lot when the flop reveals, whether he made a hand or not. This will make your next play decision much easier. If the other player check the play to you, be sure to a continuation bet of about 3 to 5 times the big blind, specially if you know that you have the best hand. He/She will fold if they missed the flop, make sure to look carefully at the flop and the other cards, to make sure that there is not things like flushes and straights that might cause you to loose the hand. If you have an over-pair (a pair that is bigger then all the other cards on the street) then you might still have the best hand, even if the opponent call’s you, this will most probably only inflate the pot for you.

7. Keep your cool during the game, and fold if you feel that you have the worst or second best hand, there is no point in throwing good money after bad money. Rather keep your chips to be able to play more hands and to get more value out of winning hands, as the saying, all you need to win is a Chip and a Chair. If you loose most of your chips trying to save a pot that is already lost then you might not have chips to keep the chair, and thus remove the opportunity to re-build your stack.

8. Be aggressive with your good hands and put your opponents under pressure, they will either be forced to fold or they will make a mistake and loose more chips then necessary. Poker is all about raising, so raise!! Don’t be foolish and just raise for no reason, but if you have a good hand then raise to inflate the pot this will also keep you in control and make you the aggressor and force pressure onto your opponents.

9. Mix it up, change your style of play and make sure nobody can read your game plan.

10. Take some risks : Risk is where the chips is, so don’t always think that you are behind. Sometimes your hand is way better than your opponent and if you are weak there is a chance that a bluff is taking the pot out of your hands.

I hope that these simple tips will help some of you trying to get into poker.
I will be adding more poker tips in the future so please visit again.

Author: Johan Bosman

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