Must Read 7 Winning Poker Secrets RevealedArticle By: RuffPoker.com
So what does it really take to be a great poker player? Read on and find out what differentiates ‘poker winners’ from ‘poker participants’.
- Play tight at the start. In general, it’s best to play a tight game at the start because then you can sit back more and just observe as others play their games and make their mistakes.
- Know when to start loosening up your game. Even if you play tight in the beginning, it’s equally important to know WHEN to start playing loose. Why? There are a few reasons to this, two are mentioned below.
As players begin to get eliminated, you need to loosen up your game because blinds come around to you faster. This means that it will become more expensive to fold as the game progresses.
You might be sending the wrong signals to your opponents. If you play too tight for too long, make no mistake, the other players will notice that. The consequence of this is that when you do get a big hand and play it, the other players will not ‘bite’ because they know you will not do so unless you have a good hand. As a result, you will not win big (unless of course, you’re only bluffing you have a good hand).
- Practice, practice, practice! Because poker is not a solitary game, it’s imperative that you constantly try to improve your skill. Different poker tournaments have different structures; different players have different game plans; different poker events have different ambiances, and so on. As such you constantly need to practice and be out there so that you’re poker skills are never rusty.
- Go in it to WIN. Suprisingly, a lot of poker players say they only play for fun when in fact they really want to win. It’s kind of like not daring to hope or being afraid to win. Well, this is completely the wrong mindset to bring to a poker game! You’ve heard it on more than one occasion that poker is a lot about psychology well guess what… this applies to you too! Go in there with a winning attitude because without it, you’ll only be undermining your own efforts.
- Master the art of ‘bluffing’. Everybody knows what bluffing is and that it’s part of playing poker. However, don’t bluff for the sake of bluffing. Remember: bluffs only work in specific situations against specific people! And even then, the ‘success’ of your bluff is partly dependent on how you’ve played your previous hands!
- Know when to fold. A lot of poker players are emotionally attached to their bets! Just because you’ve put in that amount of money in the pot doesn’t mean you MUST play your hand else you’ll lose face. You’ll lose money more likely! So try to be detached; assess if you can really win or not and fold when needed.
- Spread Out or Specialize? One of the many hot topics on the world of poker is should a player learn all the different poker games and structures or specialize only in one or a few? In the end, it all depends on you: your personality and which game you truly find to be more fun to engage in. However, don’t zero in on one particular poker game before you’ve tried a few. A lot of players want to specialize in a particular game because of the high stakes and spend years trying to perfect their game only to realize they’re not really exceptional in it. So try out many types of poker games first and only then decide if you want to master many or only specialize in a few.
There are many things that make up the game of poker; that’s all part of the appeal. Just be sure you develop your own personal strategy as you progress with the game so you don’t end up forever in the ‘trying’ mode and lose your shirt.