I’ve been playing Texas Hold’em for years and in this article I’m going to share with you ten tips for improving your Hold’em poker game.
Give yourself a pat on the back right now if you’ve made it to my article. You’re a good poker player already, just not a very good player. Almost all players make this mistake, outright, and it ends up costing them real money. Now, why do we make the mistake and what can we do about it.
- Don’t be afraid to fold a hand.Poker is not a game of the higher cards. Every poker player wants to hold a good hand,age, or experience and is waiting forpocket Acesor pocket Kingsand they will call a raise and you can get all the money in with a reasonable hand.aredging your cards is the worst mistake to make.
Primarily, because you will now have contributed $150 to a pot of $400 before the flop, you need to fold. Just say you called on the button, original bettor or whatever, and you have contributed $150. On the flop, there is now a pot of $500. You now have ” divident” or $300 between the original bettor and you. You now need to fold to minimize your current losses.
On the other hand, if you call and make the same bet (let’s say $300), you will need to add another bet somewhere between $300 and $400 to get the total pot to $650. After all, you are now betting $35 to call the bet and $150 to raise it. Although this looks like a big bet, it is not nearly as expensive as the alternative.
- Timing your OPPONENTS.It is imperative to watch your opponents before you commit your chips to the pot. I watch my opponents for about 15 mins before I commit my full stack. I do this to see their “tells”, or physical indicators of what sort of hand they have.
Here are some of the “tells” that I have learned to identify with experience:
- Tight players fold consistent with their hand
- Loose players are jack-o-tons in every position
- Tight aggressive players rarely raise with their hand
- Loose aggressive players raise with their hand almost every hand
- Tight passive players never limp
- Loose passive players always limp
- Tight aggressive players have a steady raise
- Loose aggressive players raise and try to steal the blinds
- Tight passive players always call
*Old school players will always raise with JJ
*900 percent life with over cards
- Listless players give away their hands easily
- Player who raises with Ace King on a board of Qh Qc and 2 J’s is noticeble
- Player opening too many pots with weak holdings
- Player who has not played many pots without showing strength
- Player who bets very aggressively pre-flop and never folds
- Player who raises with middle pairs in late position.
- Player who raises with unpaired hands in early position.
Although I could go on and on. The point is, in any given poker session, you are better off identifying what your opponent’s hand strength is compared to your own, and playing accordingly.
This style of play is also conducive to making money. In fact, not only can you make money playing Hold’em, but you can make money playing any version of poker. Although it is not advisable to play poker as a means of making money because of the addictive nature of the game, but if you find it works for you, that’s great.
To be a great poker player, you do not need to be a model or an ideicator. All you have to do is play and play and play. Think on your feet and play aggressively. Watch your opponents to get a feel of what they play in certain situations.