Poker tips for beginners

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1] Do not play too many cards.

Amateur players often make the common mistake of not being selective with their starting hands. Do not fall for the trap of believing that any hand can win. While this may be true, certain hands are more likely than others to win and can help you win more, while others will cause you to lose more.

2] Don’t be too cocky.

Another misconception about poker is that it’s necessary to bluff in order to win. Although you may be able to see some spectacular bluffs at the WSOP shows and they are edited to highlight the tournaments, this gives the wrong impression about the frequency with which top players bluff.

3. Think about the cards of your opponent.

Poker is a game where you must consider the strength of your opponent’s hands and not your own. Although it is great to have a large hand, you should fold if your opponent has a stronger hand.

4] Play against people worse than yourself

Although it may seem obvious, you’d be surprised at how many players ignore this simple principle. It makes sense to be better than your opponent in order to win the long-term.

5. Think about your position.

The Texas Holdem table position is an important aspect of poker. When you’re the last to act on a hand, such as when you are on a button, these are the best positions. This allows you to learn about the hand before it is over to you.

6] Pay attention and be attentive to the game.

Watching your opponents play in every pot is the best way to learn tells. Even if you’re not playing in the hand you can still focus on the game and understand the play of your opponents.

7] Do not jump in at the high limit.

As a beginner, there are two reasons you should not play for too much money.

8] Do not pay too much for draws.

You may find yourself holding half of a hand that is just one card short of completing your straight or flush. It is not profitable to chase these draws if your opponent is betting heavily.

9] Suited cards don’t look all that great.

Over-valuing suited cards is a common beginner mistake. This can even be made by intermediate players.

10] Learn the rules.

It is obvious that there is no substitute for knowing the rules. It is not a good idea to call all-in on a player thinking your straight beats his flush and then lose all your chips.

About Dale Pinchot

Dale Pinchot is a professional poker player from Yardley, Pa. He has competed in tournaments all around the world including the World Series of Poker.

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