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These are not exact numbers but are very close to accurate ones and by far it is the best and easiest way to learn poker strategy. TV poker, though entertaining, is rarely a good way to learn solid strategic play as a beginner -- especially if you're trying to play cash games. So once you get the hang of the game, then you should probably move on to the real money games. Here is a good article for instance with all of the poker hand rankings. When you first start playing, we advise that you experiment with a wide range of these. Texas Hold'em Omaha Razz. You can even download my HUD setup for free and use it yourself.

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4) Overplaying Hands

The reason for this is that in order to be successful at the table, you'll need experience, all the experience you can get. You've read the articles, you know how to handle the hole cards, but do you do it? It's all too easy to slip into thinking that, while you know A6o shouldn't be played in early position, you still like the look of that A. Yeah, aces are pretty. But with 10, more hands played, you won't think twice about folding it, because your experience will make you feel queasy about calling any bets with that hand.

This is your subconscious talking, and you'll do well to listen to it. It keeps better track of your cards than you may think. But without that built-in alarm making you feel sick to your stomach when you three-bet your QJs, because you have a grudge against the prick who raised you yeah, the guy who outdrew your pocket aces three hands ago , you'll make bad decisions, no matter how much Sklansky and Malmuth you can quote.

Even the bad beats are a positive experience. You may not even consciously know what you've learned from it, but your mind sticks those little bits of information into the great storage in your memory, and you'll come out a better poker player from it.

You can even cherish those times that you go on tilt, because the more it happens, the easier it is for you to realize when it happens and you'll learn to deal with it. I'm a big fan of analogies, so here's another one for you: That's how I want you to think about experience: Apply this to losses as well, because these micro-limits aren't where you ultimately belong anyway. This is all a part of your plan to accumulate experience, which is necessary in order to accumulate a larger bankroll, which will allow you to move up to the limits where you DO belong.

If you're wise, you'll also look back on those days with fondness, because this is where you're building the foundation of your future earnings. You'll find, after thousands of hands, coupled with self-education, that your ability to play the game successfully comes virtually automatically. You can sit down at a micro-limit table and grind out easy earnings. Think back to how you used to fare, before you started being serious about it. Think of how much you've learned.

The next time you fold A6o in early position, did you notice that slight feeling of disappointment when you saw the cards? Do you remember how you used to be mesmerized by that ace?

That's your experience at work, and it's making you money. However, the mind isn't always nice to us. It likes to play tricks on us, especially if the tricks make you feel better about yourself. You may feel like you're a winning player when you're not, because your mind is often defensive when it comes to being critical of yourself.

This is why it's hugely important to keep track of your bankroll and how you've managed it. Now, optimally, you'll have a NETeller account yet another great article to read about that here on CardsChat that you've only once made a deposit to, and therefore you know that you can't possibly be down more than that one initial buy-in by just looking at the balance there.

But keeping records serves more purposes than just warning you when you're heading in the wrong direction, it's also another way to boost your confidence if you're a winning player. Make a table in Excel, or Notepad, or whatever. Write down how your bankroll changes, perhaps once per week. You could look at individual days or even individual sessions if you like, but short term losses should realistically be ignored in favor of long term winnings. Therefore, I think it's wiser if you focus on a weekly basis, for the same reason the Weight Watchers don't want you to weigh yourself every day; it may end up being counterproductive.

You should have gotten the ability to shrug off a bad night without even thinking twice about logging off. Because you know that your success isn't measured in how you managed that night, you can grumble about the bad beat and then go do something else and not let it get to you. I did and you will.

The best advice here is overplaying each level. Stay there for another fortnight. If you still feel ready to move then go ahead. This has got to be the most widely and most frequently referred to of all advice given in the world of poker and probably the most important. Bad cards come, in big clumps sometimes, as do aggressive players. The lack of patience in my opinion is second only to lack of skill as a cause for losing money. Although this is one of the greatest skills to possess it is also the one easiest to lose sight of.

Playing while tired, drunk or while aggravated are just some of the reasons you can lose patience. This will I guarantee be the biggest downfall while you get to grips with the game, nip it in the bud and gain that self-control as early as possible. Poker is a game, and very few of the people who play it are out to earn a living from it. There are players who know that they're not making the correct plays, but they're more concerned with having fun than making money.

Don't yell at them for playing the game their way - don't call people idiots because they sucked out on you. It stings when it happens, but as long as people are playing by the rules, be nice and shrug it off. Bad beats happen so often that if you learn to keep your temper in check, you'll find that the sting wears off really quick. Learn to chuckle at the bad beat. Also, be involved in the discussions here at CardsChat. Post your hand histories, so others can give input on how you could have played a hand differently, or post your own advice on other peoples' hands.

Everyone learns, everyone gains. Try to get inside the mind of some of the living legends of poker. I'd like to make you aware of a simple fact, "any two cards can win".

Whether it's to your advantage or disadvantage, just be aware of it. New Poker Player Advice. Bankroll The place it all starts is with your bankroll. Make the plan As a business owner, you're of course obligated to make a strategic plan for your company that you can present to your investor. Educating yourself Read books!

Poker hands When it comes to playing poker, it's all about knowing where your hand ranks in the scheme of things. You're your own accountant You'll find, after thousands of hands, coupled with self-education, that your ability to play the game successfully comes virtually automatically.

With all that said Poker is a game, and very few of the people who play it are out to earn a living from it. Strategy Guides There's no point in playing if you don't win. Use our strategy guides to bring your poker game to a whole new level!

The professional knows that they will win a small pot or anyone willing to put money into this pot is likely to have them beat. The only hand the professional can make money off of is a top pair, big kicker scenario, where the player with that hand overplays it themselves.

Unfortunately it's not possible for the professional to know if the player is overplaying a top pair or playing a set normally. Other than the occasional exception, if you have anything less than the high end of the straight you have a marginal hand and should not be looking to play a very large pot.

Only when you have the nuts or an absolute monster should you be looking to chunk your stack and stuff the pot to the gills. When you play a drawing hand, you're playing to hit your draw and stuff the pot when you do. You don't play a drawing hand to hit and check. Once you hit your draw flush draw or straight draw you're committed to putting money into the pot. This money will be anywhere from a small amount to your whole stack. When you pay for a draw on a dangerous board, sometimes hitting is the worst thing that can happen to you.

The simplest example of this is drawing to a flush on a paired board. Once you hit your flush, anyone willing to put big money into the pot has a very decent chance of having a full house. There is nothing worse than paying to draw dead and chunking off your stack when you think you just hit a good card.

When there is a real chance that hitting your draw will leave you with the second-best hand, you want to keep the pot as small as you can. Unless you can somehow get a read that your hand is best, you never want to assume or hope. Doyle Brunson says "The key to No-Limit Many beginners are playing poker on a short roll, or without a roll altogether.

Because of this, these players are playing under the knowledge that they simply cannot afford to lose the money they have in play. This is known as playing on scared money. If you're unable and unwilling to risk your entire stack, your opponents will use that fear to run over you. To play poker successfully, you have to disassociate the money in play with the money in your checking account.

Losing a full buy-in at a No-Limit table should be no more difficult to you than buying a hamburger. Obviously you would have preferred not to have spent the money, but you got to do what you got to do.

Until you're truly able to disconnect from the money you need to put in to play, it's not possible to play No-Limit poker correctly. Play games within your roll, and go into the game with the correct mind-set to play proper poker. You do not go to a poker table with the intent of making money; you go with the intent of playing a high-quality game. Money is just the way players keep score.

If the bets you make give your opponent an obvious picture of the hand you're holding, then your opponents will never make any mistakes. If your opponents are never making mistakes, you're not going to be making any money. Lots of beginners will think of only one aspect of betting, ignoring all the others. As a result, their bet sizing becomes a detriment rather than an asset. Imagine if you have a decent hand, such as two pair on the flop.

You're first to act and have to decide how much to bet. Lots of beginners will only think of the first aspect of bet sizing. You successfully completed your single objective but now you're giving all your opponents odds or better once other players make calls in the hand to draw against you.

In reality your bet size has to be small enough to get a call yet large enough that you cut down the pot odds to anyone drawing to a hand better than yours. Another example of this is a beginner with a strong hand will make a bet to protect that hand, but size it so irrationally large that they will never make any money on the hand. It is almost never a good idea to raise over 9.

Yes, he protected his hand and won the pot, but he extracted the absolute minimum amount of value from it. Anytime you play a hand in a way that extracts less value than possible, you make a mistake and lose money.

With pocket aces your opponent is a serious dog to your hand. You could possibly be ahead by a margin of as large as This means you want your opponent to call your reraise. You want to make a raise small enough for them to call, yet large enough to maximize their mistake. If all goes well your opponent will think you're bluffing and move all-in after you. If you move all-in first, chances are that will never happen. You need to size your bets in a way that maximizes the mistakes of your opponents.

If you'd like to learn more about bet sizing, PokerListings writer Dan Skolovy wrote a great article on the topic. It is necessary for the player to know the basic rules and strategy of the online poker dealer while playing online.

If players have a proper knowledge of how to flip the coin and how to play the big hands on the table then they easily win the game. Playing two people end up with a J and a J is on the table. How are the five cards counted? Poker is a game of odds.

A good poker player takes in the current table situation. His hand, the board, his opponents playing style, and makes an educated guess and chooses the action that has the best odds to win. There are times when I will get it all in with bottom set, and times when I will fold top set.

It all depends on the table conditions at that exact decision moment. Generally a set will win the hand when you are up against a weak opponent. Get your chips in when you have the best odds of winning, whether that is a pair or a royal flush. N E wayz gr8 stuff Hey Bethovin, it can be easy to make the mistake of skipping the basics when explaining stuff.

What questions do you have, what do you not understand, and what do you wish we would explain more clearly. I'll either help you out in the comments here, or write an article or series of based on your questions here. I wish you pro's would talk plain english and stop skipping and philosphying so much you can not be clearly understood.

I guess the most common mistake that a beginner poker player makes is sheer aggressiveness. So never forget to observe, listen and tests the waters with what you have learned.

It depends on the board, the best way to describe this is by a quick example: On this board, unless you have JQ you have a marginal hand. Even a set on this board is not to played into a large pot.

When there is no very simple way for a set to be beat, it's huge.

2] Don't bluff too much.

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