Ten tips for becoming a better poker player

If you like a game of poker, then unless you want to walk home rather than take a taxi, you need to become a good player. Here are some top tips that are not difficult to learn, and will certainly give your performance a boost.

Hands

Do not play every hand, just because you enjoy the game. Fold more and increase you win/lose average. Have a basic formula in your head about what is the criteria to play a hand, but remember to vary it, as you don’t want to get into a pattern. If you are going to bluff, don’t do it just because you feel that you have to. Get to know the people you are playing with, and never bluff against someone who always calls for a showdown.

Some quick tips

Don’t play when:

  • Sad
  • Angry
  • In a bad mood
  • Drunk
  • desperate to win

Awareness

Be sure that you observe your opponents carefully, especially when you are not playing a hand. Get to know their weaknesses or habits. This will ultimately help you to bluff the occasional hand. Look at the cards, and see what is happening on the table. Be particularly aware of Straight or Flush probabilities.

Know your money limits

Don’t play above your skill level. If you want to play for more money, remember that the people you will be playing against will be better. It is better in poker to be the big fish at the table, that just a face in the crowd.