Poker Tips Top 10
Based on what we read and what we know, here's what we feel are the Top 10 Poker Tips:
1. Don't play too many hands
often than not the beginners play far too many starting hands, in fact
the top pro players typically play between 20-30% of their starting
hands. Concentrate on higher value starting hands and help remove the
luck element of the game. Especially if you are a novice.
2. Know when to hold'em, and know when to fold'em
how to fold a hand, and don't be a calling machine. Many beginners keep
betting regardless of the board or what their opponent's actions are
suggesting. Top players frequently say it's the hands you lay down that
are often the key to profitable play.
3. Choose less skillful opponents
you want to win money. Sounds fairly obvious, but you should play at
betting limits where you can beat the majority of players. Move down in
limits if you are having difficulties winning money. In poker, always
leave your ego at the door.
4. Watch your opponents habits
when you aren't in a hand. The best time to study is when you aren't
emotionally invested in the hand, and you can make more prudent
observations. Watch how opponents bet, and how much they bet, in what
position are they betting. Learning how your opponents play is key.
Learn The Tells!.
5. Bet to gain knowledge
is not always because you have the best hand. Top players use various
betting techniques to try to gain information. For example, a defensive
bet is one that you can use early on to avoid calling a bigger future
bet. A re-raise may be used to probe the credibility of your opponent's
6. Learn to put your opponents on a hand
you have mastered Tips 4 & 5, it is time to put your knowledge to
work. Try putting yourself in your opponents shoes, and learn to put
them on a hand. Ask questions like â€śWhy did he re-raise me that
amount?â€ť, and â€śWhy did he only call in the previous betting round?â€ť,
â€śMaybe because he only called me, he has a kicker problem?â€ť
7. Learn how to bluff and semi-bluff
the right times against the right players, and at the right frequency.
Bluffing is often a misunderstood concept, and much to many beginner's
dismay most pros use bluffs quite sparingly. A bluff can be very
effective when used rarely, and where there is a seemingly low risk of
being called by your opponent.
8. Changing Gears
can be good. Most pros can figure out a really loose player by waiting
for the nuts and being patient. However, an even easier opponent is a
tight player or â€śrockâ€ť, who plays only the Group 1 type hands. You need
to change your game up, and let them see that you can run bluffs, and
can play some lower value starting hands. These changes should be
subtle and shouldn't dramatically affect the flop rate that was
mentioned in Tip #1
9. Understand player position
Not only is it important to play strong hands, it is even more
important in what position you play them. For example, the ideal
position is the Button (the Dealer), as you are last to act, and have
the advantage of watching all of the betting action before you need to
make a decision. eg. If the action before you consists of a bet, a
raise, and a re-raise, and you hold a pair of Tens, you might think
that folding is the right decision.
10. Read books and take notes
can always learn more, if they want to be a better poker player then
Keep notes on what works and doesn't work for you, and eventually you
will come up with a style of play that works uniquely for you and
improves your game. Please see our list of Top 10 Poker Books if you want to see some good selections.