Tips and Tricks

Poker, as the beginner may seem, is a very simple game. To learn the basic rules, it will take a little time, and just as much to understand which hands have the potential strength. It's really simple. But what is difficult and can take a lot of time is to sharpen the skill of the game and turn it into a stable source of income.

With that in mind, here are few extra hints and tips to help give you that edge over your competitors.

A Few Things to Remember:

  • the best poker hand is formed by combining the hole cards and the community cards; sometimes the community cards can represent the best hand by themselves 
  • a betting round is finished when all players have acted and contributed equal amounts to the pot 
  • in Texas Hold'em no one can bet you off a hand. If you have entered a hand and run out of money you will always go to the showdown 
  • in Fixed Limit the betting is doubled after the first two betting rounds 
  • in No-Limit you can bet all you want 
  • in Pot Limit you can never bet more than the pot

Advice 1: Com out from your comfort zone

The only way to win in a poker is to bet. The only way to win often and much - to make a lot of bets. Poker is a game that congratulates a long, meaningful aggression. After studying the basics you will understand at what moment it is necessary to increase aggression.

Many new poker players are too careful. Instead of betting they play a check, and instead of raising - call. A strong starting hand requires more aggression. This is a great way to bring players with weaker hands or make them pay to continue the game. It's much worse to underestimate a couple of kings and allow them to beat their opponent, who missed bets on the preflop with cards 8,4, and then accidentally assembled the street. Get rid of your opponents as soon as possible, the fewer players at the table, the higher your chances of winning. If for the bank fights 6 people, your chances to get it are only 17%, but if the battle involves two rivals, the odds will increase to 50%.

But an overly cautious game can wake up rivals, and they will consider you a weak player and will start squeezing you out. And if you make big bets, opponents will immediately start to think that you have a strong hand, and will drop. With a win-win combination on hand, get all the benefits from it.

Advice 2: Stock up patience

It is not necessary to insert chips with a bad hand and go all-in, hoping to catch the right card on the river. Such actions will reduce bankroll in geometric progression. A good poker player knows that dicing has a lot more hands than playing.

Remember, most cards distributed are losing. If you have a «junk» hand, dump and use your free time to learn the opponent's style of play. Wait patiently when the chances of a victory are high, and then act aggressively.

Advice 3: Watch out for your prey

Poker is a situational game, because your hand at a particular moment is good or not only in relation to what is in the hands of an opponent. Suppose two kings are a great hand, but if the opponent has two aces, then in 82% of the cases you are defeated. Or consider the opposite situation. You have an ace and a dozen, and the enemy has two jacks. The flop is 10,8,6, which means that your top ten are only 20% on the winnings.

And how to find out what the opponent is? Just watch him. Suppose the flop is 10,8,6, and you have two aces. What shall I do? Have you seen before, that your opponent slipped strong hands? If so, then, having aces, play cautiously. Did you see that when the «frightening» cards lay on the table, he was bluffing in hopes of seizing the bank? Then level his bets or, even, you can raise, knowing that two dozen - a very rare hand. Learn to read rivals, understand the signals coming from them.

Advice 4: Analyze your game in the long-term perspective

As a beginner you will lose some time. At some point you will put everything with a couple of aces, and you lose to a rival with a couple of nine and the third nine on the river. Such losers should not confuse you (they are called poor bits). The chances of winning will not always be in your favor, but in the long run those same auctions will help you win much more than you've lost with ninety. Tune in to the fact that poker victories require experience, you need to play thousands of hands. This is the only sure way to firmly master the basics, and time will help you become a professional.

By developing the skills, following the tips below, always keep in mind the three whales. Play cautiously, use aggression at the right time and watch the rival action. This will allow you to control the game and not give a roll. Do not even try to play losses by making unreasonable rates. Set the upper limit of the bankroll for each session, as well as in the long run and never cross it.

Advice 5: Influence your skills

You will learn in any case - both winning and losing. Poker is a game, the intricacies of which you need to master not only for the board. You will learn much more by studying blogs or books devoted to poker strategy. For example, the «Supersystem» blog, hosted by Mr. Doyle Brunson, or «Harrington on Hold'em» by Mr Harrington, will be useful and informative for newcomers.

Another great opportunity to improve skills - play the internet. But carefully choose the table. For billboards with game money, mostly lovers or those who can not play seriously. As an option, try low-stakes tournaments in which the buy-in does not exceed five dollars.


Each player has been in bad sessions. Just start and immediately lose some of the bankroll, do not despair, remember many poker professionals have lost thousands of dollars in just one session. But they did not give up, but made conclusions, armed themselves with the experience and returned to win millions. At one time, we all started and lost. Do not let small failures knock you down the path at the start. Enjoy the patience, learn the tips of poker professionals, and constantly improve your game skills in practice. The most important thing is to rest and have fun. First of all, it's just a game.

Reading the Table

Reading the table is a significant skill in Poker and you will get better at this over time. There are so many variants and skills to learn that this process is an ever evolving cycle. The more you play, the easier it will become for you to make decisions automatically which will allow you to spend more time reading your opponents and being able to use this information to your advantage. Whilst a lot of the basic skills in poker can be mastered very quickly, reading the table is something that certainly calls for time and practice. All this information should be combined to give you the conviction to make your choice.

Table Structure

Table texture is all about the potential combinations and again, this is something that will become more and more automatic for you the more you play. Quite simply, the ‘texture’ is not only reading what you have but more importantly assessing your opponents and understanding what they may be holding as well as if the next card helped or hindered them. With practice you will instantly know what you have and what your odds are so you will be able to form a hand you’re planning to by the end of the game or easily read your opponents and count their odds automatically.

Let’s say you’re holding AA and the Flop is AK2. At the moment you have the ‘Nuts’ but you have to be aware than anyone holding QJ, J10 or Q10 has a distinct possibility of beating you as soon as the relevant card arrives on the Turn or River.

Compare your hand with the best possible hand. Do you have the best hand? Do you have a good hand but don't know if your opposition may beat you? Now the difficult choice comes as to the best way to make the most of your hand.

You could now choose to play in a couple of different ways. Remember the aim is to get as much out of you opponents as you can but you must also weigh up the risk of them outdrawing you.

You could try and slow-play your opponents by checking rather than betting and leading them into a false sense of security by representing that the flop didn’t help you. This often can result in a devastating blow to your opponent(s) if you manage to suck them in to your plan, but, it also has the danger of allowing your opponents to obtain ‘free’ cards which may allow them to draw a better hand than you hold. Slow playing with 2 cards of the same suit on the flop for example runs the risk of your opponent making a flush so you need to have a decent idea what you may be up against prior to trying to slow-play your opponent. There are exactly those cases when it’s better to force your opponent out of the pot by making it too expensive for them to call.

Should you lead out and Bet

In Fixed Limit this is easy, in Pot or No Limit you need to weigh up what you want your opponent to do.

If you suspect they are drawing to a hand then you do not want to make the pot odds so great that it is worth it for them to call. You are on a drawing hand. Is it worth staying in the hand or are you better off to simply muck the hand and wait under a better opportunity comes along? This is where your knowledge of Pot Odds and Implied Odds comes in. this means you should definitely call with the right odds.

Note: The most important advice for those who are just starting to play poker is to maintain a balance between entertainment and financial costs that will not be significant for you.