Top 10 Tips and Tactics

August 6, 2009

  1. You have to be careful how you play if you have a low pair for the first two cards given

    If you have the following scenario then I would stick it out if the betting is low. If as the game carries on you do not get a 3 of a Kind or two pairs with the cards on the table then it is always best to fold.

  2. Don’t fold too early

    If you find that all the players remaining are checking, then it is wise to check yourself and move on to the next round. This ensures that you stay in the game, and may get a card you need. Also you would not need to put any money into the pot when checking.

  3. You will have 5 cards to deal with after the second round

    This is perfect an opportunity to see how well you are doing, how good is you current hand? If the hand is good and stand a chance to win then continue but if it is not the best or very bad consider folding.

  4. Don’t play on tables which are too high for you

    All players have tendency to play on tables which have stake values in order for a great payout if they win. But for other players who may not have the money, it can affect your play making mistakes and feeling very panicked. High Stake games are considered for players with great experience, hence a beginner should never try these games.

  5. Take out weak players if you start with a strong starting hand

    This is a great opportunity to take out some the weaker hands, play with high raise during the preflop which should make a few players drop out. Those who believe can win will add money to the pot.

  6. Be careful of sequences such as 6,7,8

    Always be aware that even if you have a high pair when there is a sequence like 6,7,8 another player may have cards to make it a straight.

  7. If you are caught bluffing, it may not be all bad news

    If you are caught don’t worry as it can make it harder then next you bluff for the other player to guess what you are going to do. Don’t however have a goal to trick bluff the other players as if a player knows you are doing it they can take all your chips.

  8. Know the players habits

    During the game, pay attention to the other players, particularly how they make each move. Are they making decisions fast or take their time, sometime this can help judge the cards which they hold and make a move accordingly. For online games, this is slightly harder unless you are a regular and then you can end up at the same table as other players you have had previous game with. This a great opportunity to use the feature in you chosen poker software to read up on poker notes.

  9. Watch high stake games

    If you have an opportunity to watch a high stakes game then you will be able to learn more about how the professionals play. Again the player note feature in your software can be very useful.

  10. Don’t relax when playing in no money games

    If you are just beginning and learning about a particular game such as Texas Hold’em. I would resist the urge of not playing as if the game had money on it. You actions will be very tentative and if the same situation comes again in a real money game it could cost you. Instead always play to win, it is the only way to learn from mistakes, and develop everything you have learnt all without losing any money.