Playing poker it is not as complicated as everyone thinks, you can learn the basic rules and learn which hands to play very quickly. Genuinely mastering how you play and turning this game into a constant money making machine can take a lifetime.
For beginners, it’s crucial to balance the fun and excitement of playing poker because of the substantial losses you can acquire if you don’t know what you are doing. So how do you get to the level of the big boys? Here is part 1 of Fabrics tips to get you started.
Be more aggressive:
The name of the game is to bet, the only way you can win big is if you bet big. Poker is a game of focused strategic aggression, and as you get more comfortable playing, you will learn how and when you need to be aggressive at the table. A lot of beginners are too cautious when they play. They usually check when they should bet and call when they should raise. On a solid opening hand like high pairs or a hand made up of an A-K or an A-Q you should play more aggressively then what your intuition is telling you to do. You’ll want to make sure that, in a game with a full table, you push players with weaker holdings out or force them to – or force them to cough up to stay in. There’s nothing worse than underplaying a pair of kings only to be beaten by someone who checked before the flop with 8-4 and somehow caught a straight. Make them bet to see those cards, and push as many people out of the pot as early as possible. With six people in a pot, your base odds of a win are only 17%. With only two in the pot, that rockets up to 50%. The more aggressive the play is, the bigger the pot becomes. If you think you have a winning hand, you should try to milk the table for all it’s got.
Also be patient:
You should never be throwing away money on a lousy hand and going all in with the hopes of getting the card you need on the river. Playing like that will only cut down your chip stacks.
The most basic and smart poker tip is to fold more hands then you play. This may sound boring, but you should remember that most hands that are dealt are going to be losers. If you don’t have a steady hand, you should fold right away and use that time to study your appointments.
Poker is based on the situation. Yours is either good or bad only in relations to the other player’s hands at the table. K-K is a great hand, but if another player is holding an A-A, your pair of kings are losers 82% of the time. So how do you know what the other players have? You need to watch the other players and learn how they play. You should watch for their tells. Tells are not just about the players nervous habits like fiddling with chips or their ring it is also about the way they play. If they are calling all night and suddenly make a huge raise, they are probably holding a winning hand.