Winning At Poker
There are many ways to win at the poker game, but you need to know some basic strategies.
Not so many years ago, evey poker book told you the same thing: play tight and fold both hands, but there are other tactics to keep in mind.
Be selective but aggressive. Ideally, you should end a hand by either folding or raising. Avoid calling bets with vulnerable hands, such as two pair.
To own the table psychologically, so that other players are glancing at you every time they make a bet, be friendly, but at the same time confusing and unpredictable.
Never gloat. You want your opponents to enjoy trying to beat you.
In a low-to-moderate-limit game, you can win without mathematical genius or brilliant originality. Most of your profit will come from your opponents' mistakes.
Bluffing is a poor strategy in a lowstakes game. Unsophisticated opponents won't even understand your intended deception. Second, they're likely to call you anyway, a habit you want to encourage. Try strategic bluffing just once, early in the session, as an "advertisement".
Discipline is especially crucial in a low-limit game, when you need more hands to make up losses.
Decide in advance how you will react in each of various situations. Never play a hand out of impatience or on a "hunch". Play it for a good reason.
Monitor yourself and get back on track. Don't let one bad play erode your entire system.
Don't look for immediate revenge after an opponent burns you on a big pot. If you force the action, you're apt to get burned agian.
Stay later when you're ahead and leave early when behind. When you're losing, you lose psychological control of the game, too. Opponents try to bluff you out of pots and are less likely to call your good hands.
*Look for reasons to fold just as eargerly as you look for reasons to call.