Poker is becoming more and more popular these days, it seems like television stations are full of live poker tournaments. Almost every sports game you can watch on the old tube has online casino and casino resort banners in the background. All this spending on advertising seems to be paying off, especially for the online casino industry. According to some reports, the industry is reaching 9 billion per year and is expected to grow to 15 billion in the next one year.
Many new players join the older, more mature , and more experienced poker players . Poker players who have gotten battle scars, sort of speak. These newbies, or newbies seem to think that just by watching a few games on television they know it all, well ……… you don’t. It can take hours at the poker table to learn all the tricks of the trade. If you are one of these beginners, here are some tips for you to remember and follow. Basically, a list of do’s and don’ts, because remember one thing, this “old fox” at the table can read you right off the bat.
1. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is playing difficult games. Beginners will often put themselves in the game against a competition they can’t handle. Instead of playing in smaller limit games, against opponents of comparable skill, they prefer to go head to head with the big boys. Try not to be overconfident in the first place, this “big boy” game is not like playing with your friends back home.
2. Playing too many hands is another common mistake. The rookie plays more hands than he should, not understanding the importance of starting with premium hands in premium situations because fake hands don’t work all the time. Pick up a book or two before sitting down to play, and you’ll understand why 9-3 is such a bad start, whether it fits or not, there’s no excuse not to have some basic poker knowledge.
3. Patience, patience and than, some patience more. Lack of patience will always get you. Playing poker means that you will get past the sheer boredom of waiting for good cards. Beginners often don’t have the patience to wait for quality cards out of boredom; they’re about to start playing hands, they know they shouldn’t be playing.
4. Drinking alcohol while playing is something you might do at home while playing with the boys. But playing in any tournament or casino environment you need to have all your concentration, and the bit of talent you may have acquired up until now with you to make quality decisions at the tables. Keep in mind that casinos serve free alcohol at the tables for good reason. This will cloud your judgment and keep you playing, which you shouldn’t even consider making.
5. Playing too much will affect your brain. At some point it will stop working properly especially after 12 hours of sitting at the table playing poker. It’s always best to take a break, and come back sharp and refreshed the next day, most beginners will either end up playing too much time chasing their money back or trying to be a “hog” about it and win some more. In the process, they end up throwing away all of their winnings (if they get some) and even more. Your mind will play tricks on you after playing for hours on end, and you will often convince yourself that you are playing well. Chances are, you may not.
6. Bluffing a lot and often is a very common mistake beginners make. Most new players who watch too many movies seem to have convinced themselves that poker is all about bluffing. Somehow, they thought that if they continued betting, everyone would fall over their precipice and get out of their way. The opposite is true. Experienced poker players catch on to the bluffing habit very quickly, and they use it against it.
7. Trying to be seen as a tough guy, or hitting big at the table by playing limits you can’t afford are other common mistakes. Nothing is more dangerous to your confidence, and your money, than gambling on your rent or bills, basically with money you can’t afford to bet. Because of the pressure this will create on you, you cannot make smart decisions when you are worried about how you will pay the rent if you are to lose. It is always best for you to play within the budget you can afford.
8. When the game comes to a close, you shouldn’t be in a rush to grab a win and run. There is no system for figuring out when you should continue playing and when it’s time to pack up and leave. It’s best not to make plans as far as when to go. Many beginners seem to hit and run after very small wins, but they continue to play when they are behind. When you are in a winning role, you have a strong table presence and you should make the most of that presence. On the other hand when you lose, the picture on the table is tarnished and can have a negative effect on the way you play the game.
9. Excessive ego will always get players, especially beginners. Remember that even if you are the top player at home. The casino and especially the tournament scene is completely different and you are not as good as you think. Once you realize that you don’t know everything about poker is the day you might start learning a thing or two and have a better chance of winning. It is always as important to be as objective about your poker skills or handicap as it is.
10. Playing after losing a few hands to the point of destroying your faith or confidence in the game is not a good idea. Keep in mind that every poker player loses some hands. The best thing to do is just walk away, clear your head and come back when your confidence returns. A player who loses faith in his game but continues to play will dig himself further down the hole, because he does not play with a cool mind, and therefore with poor judgment.
Now that you’ve read the 10 key points beginners need to remember, let them sink in, memorize the do’s and don’ts, and stick to them.
Good luck on your next poker game