Below are 10 tips that will help you as a starting poker player. For the base of the world of poker game, read our poker rules . Of course, if you want to put these tips into practice, please book our poker workshop !
Tip 1: Do not play too many hands
Often, starting poker players are not selective enough to decide which hands they play or not. Do not think any hand can win, it’s better to play too few hands than to play too many hands.
When you play a lot of hands in the beginning, you get into very difficult situations where you have to decide if your hand is good enough. If you are an experienced player is not bad but when you just start then you can get into trouble soon.
Tip 2: Think about the possible cards of your opponent
When you just start with poker it is hard enough to remember your own hand, let alone have an idea of which hand your opponent has. Nevertheless, it is very important to pay attention to this.
When you are able to estimate your opponent (“put on a hand”), it often makes your decisions much easier. Now, you know more often if you have the winning hand, or fold better, or you need to spend a lot or less to win the maximum number of chips of your opponent during a poker tournament or a poker workshop .
Tip 3: Remember who you are playing
Make an estimate of the qualities of your opponents. If you think they are better than you are then you need to adjust your playing style. Often this means (yet) fewer hands to play. If you estimate you are better than your opponents, you can make use of it by blowing them more often or winning more chips if you have the best hand.
Tip 4: Do not bluff too often
Bluff often only works against advanced players. If you play against beginners, they are often busy with their own game and have no idea whether you are bluffing or not. Often they will not be afraid and not folding. In addition, many beginners overestimate their own cards so they will not fold against your bluff, even if they have a moderate hand.
Tip 5: Think about your position at the poker table
Your relative position relative to your opponent is very important. It’s a big advantage to say last what you’re going to do. This way, you can first see what your opponent does and try to get a “read” on him or her before you have to do something yourself. This means that you can play worse hands if you have a good position.
The importance of position is often underestimated in (Texas Hold’em) poker. Your position can be as important as the cards you get; Often both players have a bad hand and will win the pot with the best position.