Wednesday, February 27, 2008

4 Basic Poker Tips To Keep In Mind When You Want To Win

If you want to play poker professionally you need to know the basics. When we say the basics we mean what to do and what not to do for your strategy. We have four important tips to learn and to put to use when you play that will help you to improve your game, win you more hands, and give you more money in your pockets.

1. It doesn’t Hurt To Fold Every Now And Then

Amateur poker players think that it is bad form to fold their hands or they think they could potentially lose out on something good. When learning poker you need to know that in order to win you have to lose a few games. You’ll find that if you try to play as many hands as you can than you will lose out on a lot of money. Always fold your hand when you are uncomfortable with what you have or know for sure that what you have could lose you the round.

2. Bluffing Is An Art Form And Should Not Be Abused

While bluffing is an important part of poker it is not a strategy that should be taken lightly. Now bluffing doesn’t necessarily have to be used during a poker game - but at certain times it can be effective. Some bluff just for the fun of it and this is the worst move you can make. You need to remember and learn when the right time to bluff is and who it will work against.

3. Don’t Play With High Emotions

Never play poker when you are mad or depressed or to get away from those feelings. When you do this you will start off playing a bad game and it will only go downhill from there. You won’t be able to play rational and you won’t think clearly. The same goes for people who usually get mad when they lose a hand. Keep your emotions out of it and play with your head.

4. Keep Your Eyes On Your Opponents

Watching the faces and movements of your opponents can greatly improve your game. This will help you to understand when they raise, what they do with certain hands, and when they are bluffing. Even if you have decided to fold out of the round you still want to pay attention to what they are doing and how they are reacting. Once you know how they will play out their strategies you will have a better chance of bluffing and stealing the pot.