Poker has become a worldwide phenomenon. There is no one reason to why it got so popular. It is partly due to the mental acuity it develops. It could also be the “reading” aspect of it where people learn to see what a person feels or thinks. Or maybe it is just fun and exciting to play.
Be that as it may, poker players are everywhere now. Good poker players though are a little harder to come by.
Don’t worry. We’re here to offer you three tips that will take your poker game to the next level.
Discard Emotion (and the aces)
If you play poker regularly, then chances you have come across the prettiest pair you’ll ever see: a pair of aces. If you pay attention to the moment when you first see this hand, you’ll notice that you’ll get excited over this. Who wouldn’t right?
However, pro poker players have learned to let go of their emotional connections with any hands that they might get. The reasoning here is that this emotion may stop you from reading the game. It may blind and overwhelm you, setting you up for a trap when your opponent calls all in.
Reason and logic trump all in this game.
This isn’t to say that pair aces are always bad. However, it is important that you understand what is going on around you first. If you sense that you may lose from this hand, there is no use in holding to kings or even aces.
Choose Your Battles
There are people who play poker for sheer fun and mental stimulation. There is nothing wrong with that. However, there are also players that play to win.
If you belong to the latter group, then this one is for you. Before you even join a game, size up your opponents. If all your opponents are beasts on the poker table, you have no business being there. Chances are your chip pile will be joining of theirs very soon.
This isn’t to say that you should necessarily pick on beginners and newbies. This just means that if you need to win, then you should play at a game where you have a chance of winning.
Of course, there is nothing wrong in spotting the eager beginner and beating them too.
Rely on Reason
Sometimes, poker games feel like nothing is happening. In these times, average players might try to shake things up by doing something wild like going all in. They do this for the sake of doing this.
The very best players always have a reason for their actions. They are constantly reading the game and they understand that every action that they or their opponent makes has a reason.
We hope these tips will help bring your poker game to the next level. We hope you break even and profit real soon.