Some people gamble when they play poker, while others understand it's just a game of cards, in the long run. Most of all, poker is just a fun game to play, and a great excuse to have a beer with friends. Still, even better than hanging out with your buddies, is taking all of their chips, by the end of the evening.
If your hand just isn't a winner, there's no point in playing, and losing, further. Some people have it in their heads that it's somehow not "honorable" to fold when necessary. We're not Samurai or something. It's just a game of poker. Folding, when appropriate, is only a part of a good strategy.
Even if you're playing Texas Hold 'em, and your hand is two aces, and two more aces come out on the flop, a good poker player knows to keep their composure. There are two good reasons for this. Showing excitement might indicate to other players that it's time to fold, thereby cutting your winnings.
There's a Tiger Woods at every table. That is to say, someone is almost always going to talk trash on you, just to get you upset. You'd be amazed how often it works, too, especially against neophytes. In addition to ignoring trash talk and making your decisions based solely on your hand, there is no such thing as revenge. Always stay in control of your emotions in poker.
Sometimes players are very superstitious, and using superstition to your advantage, is a very normal thing to do. Some players bring along a "lucky charm," while others might remind weaker players to "remember you're due a lucky streak," to keep them contributing.
Also, if your poker hand is somewhat "iffy," and your opponents don't have the skills at hiding their hands with their faces, sometimes betting the pot is all it takes to make them fold.
In any game, there must be a point of acceptable financial loss. Know in advance when that point is for you, and never deviate. Some of the best poker players alive keep their poker bankroll separate from their personal funds. Forget "hunches," lucky streaks, and all that other ridiculous, hyper-emotional garbage. No game is worth gambling your house payment on.
Gambling, for some, can truly be an addiction. If you have a gambling problem, seek out the guidance of either a professional, or a support group such as Gamblers Anonymous.
I'm sending this to my friends who play ... thanks!
Thanks for the list on winning at poker. H5!
These are all great poker tips and I know from experience that your #1 is the MOST important and the one the people really need to learn. Winning at poker requires a lot of patience and self discipline maybe that is why I love playing and winning! :) H5!
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