Any new player should know that unlike other card games, poker has a steep learning curve that involves a lot of reading opponent tells, taking advantage of position and the progression of turns, and studying the cards available on the table. It’s quite easy to lose your money quickly if you are not familiar with the various nuances of the game. Here then are some tips on improving your play.
Firstly, limit the hands you are playing. Poker is not so much about luck as it is about strategy. You shouldn’t expect to always get that river flush or three-of-a-kind by continuously betting. If you’ve a bad-looking pair to begin with, fold it readily. Constantly being in the mix will also make it easier for your opponents to know when you are just bluffing.
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Speaking of bluffs, avoid doing this too much. You don’t need to base your skills in poker on bluffing. Do this more often only when you are already familiar with the fine art of raising, or when you feel very sure that your opponent’s hand is weak, maybe based on a convincing tell. Failing a bluff might likewise get you ridiculed if you don’t do it convincingly, as well as give your opponents an advantage over you in succeeding rounds.
Finally, read for tells and think about your opponent's cards. Don’t get caught up on what you perceive to be the strength of your hand. Study carefully how other players are reacting to your checks and raises. Remember that no matter how good your hand is, if you are convinced that your opponent’s is better based on tells, then prepare to fold.
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Hello, everyone. Apparao Mukkamala here, a senior theater student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I like to watch my school’s sports team, but when the Rebels don’t have games, I usually spend my time at the casinos. For more poker tips, check out this website.