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Knowledge is power. So good, simple advice is the best gift we could think of to give you as you start out on your poker playing journey.
Poker is a game and, like any other game, it can be fun, a challenge or downright frustrating as you learn all the tricks of the ‘trade’.
There are some basics you will need to know as a beginning poker player, basics that all your opponents already know too and will definitely use against you if you aren’t prepared for them.
Becoming a poker pro is a lofty goal that many people aspire to, lured by the promise of ‘easy’ cash and a luxury lifestyle. The reality is often quite different, however. Winning consistently in any game takes a great deal of time, spent studying your own and other players’ tactics, learning how to adapt each strategy to each new situation and luck. Lots of luck.
Unfortunately, luck is something you will just have to hope for. But, we can and will help you develop your tactics. Starting right here.
According to world renowned poker expert David Sklansky’s ‘fundamental theorem of poker’; every time you play as though you can see your opponent’s hand, you win, and every time your opponent plays as though they cannot see your cards, you gain.
Learning to anticipate both your own strategy as well as that of each opponent you face is perhaps the most difficult aspect in mastering poker and something that takes time and dedication to achieve.
There are four crucial elements which you must consider with every strategy you devise:
As you continue to develop the varied strategies you will need to be successful at poker, you will need to keep these elements as the cornerstones of your plans. Because, just like you, every player will have their own tactics and strategies in every game you go on to play.
Why am I here?
Every player has their own reasons for joining a poker game. Do you want to pass a couple of hours with a fun game? Or are you in it purely for the cold, hard cash? Whatever your reasons are, your strategy needs to reflect your goal. If you want to have fun, then the stress of aggressive, tight play may not fit your purposes. If you want to win some money, sitting out passively and refusing to fold your weak hands won’t get you there. Find out what you want to achieve before you join a table, make your plan and play with your goal in mind.
Where am I going?
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