So you want to become a better poker player? Bellow are some steps you should follow it if you want to increase your winning possibilities and earn some money from poker.
1.) Research and choose trusty & secure Poker website (provider)
There are a lot of scam websites online so take a few days and research before you play. Check their websites, read terms, check which payment providers they offer, read user reviews and comments, ask your friends etc.
It's important that you choose wisely so you don't need to hurry.
2.) Make sure you know all the rules, hands hierarchy... and explore your software
It's important that you know all the rules of the game you are playing also make sure you know different hands and hierarchy of the hands. So you will know what exactly you have and whats your chances in every game you play.
Almost every poker software allows you to play for free so take this opportunity and learn the game and in the same time explore your software. You will need these experiences when you will play for real money.
3.) Don't play every hand ... fold more
If you fold you are not part of the game but in the same time you don't lose you money. Playing more doesn't mean winning more, it usually means losing more. If you think your hand is not good enough then rather fold it than play it. At the end of the day you want to earn some money not just play poker. Top players typically play between 20-30% of their starting hands.
4.) Create a distraction-free zone for playing
Constructing and environment that is free from distractions is a crucial part of becoming a successful online poker player. Distractions will often cause you to make a mistake, either by playing a hand poorly or missing out on information that could assist you in future situations. So even if you play online poker where you can do other things such as surfing the web, watching TV, talk on the phone etc. ... DON'T DO THIS.
5.) Don't play when mad, sad, or in a generally bad mood or even drunk
You shouldn't play poker to escape from being depressed or having a really bad day. You will play emotionally, not rationally so you won't play your best. Take a few moments or even a day to relax and try again later when you will be in the right mood for playing poker.
6.) Begin by playing at the low-stakes poker and stay there for a while
Even for a person used to playing high-stakes cash games, starting with lower-stakes online is advisable. The goal of these first sessions, other than playing solid poker, should be to familiarize one's self with the nuances of playing online. Low stakes allow the player to focus on the long-term goal of becoming a successful online player. With changing the table to higher-stakes also the average skill level of the players sitting there rise. So it's better to be first in the village than last in town :) With other words play against players worse than you.
7.) Pay Attention to the cards on the table
When you first start playing, it's enough just to remember how to play and pay attention to your own hand. Once you've got that down, it's incredibly important to look at what's going on at the table. In Texas Hold'em, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop.
8.) Pay attention to the other players
As you play, one of the single best things you can do is observe your opponents, even when you're not in a hand. You can use that information to help you decide how to play against them. Once you know that player always folds to a re-raise on a river, that's when you can bluff & steal a pot.
9.) Don't stay in a hand just because you're already in it
Another common mistake beginners make is to think that "Well, I've already put that much in the pot, I have to stay in now." Nope. You can't win a pot just by throwing money at it. There may be cases when pot odds warrant a call, but if you're sure you're beaten, and there's no way your hand can improve to be the best hand, you should fold right away. The money you've already put in the pot isn't yours anymore, and you can't get it back just by playing a hand all the way to the end.
10.) Start out by playing a single table.
As one of the many benefits of playing online is the ability to play more than one table at a time. Learn to win online poker consistently on one table. Then, once the player feels confident maneuvering a single table, he can begin adding one table at a time as dictated by his comfort level.
11.) Take A Study Day Each Week
Become a student of the game. Read all the poker books you can get your hands on.
A few good books to have are The Theory of Poker, Sit 'N Go Strategy, Super System and the Harrington on Hold'em series. There are several other good books as well.
12.) Vary Your Play
After a while, your opponents will pick up on your patterns and they'll start outplaying you. Change up your play every once in a while to keep your opponents guessing.
13.) Use Tracking Software
Tracking software is a vital tool for improving your game. A good program will show you how much you win or lose with each hand and in which position. Many will also show you how much you win or lose to each
14.) Don't Show Cards
Players show cards all the time because they're proud of some bluff they made or some big hand they had. All you're doing when you show your cards is giving your opponents free information. The more your opponents know about your play the better they can play against you. If your opponents want to see your cards, make them pay to see a showdown.
15.) Make a daily / monthly play and stick to it
Set the maximum amount of money you want to spend per day / month and also set your daily / monthly goal of how much money you want to earn. Then stick to your plan and if it's not your day or you lose too much then stop playing for that day and try again next day.
16.) Practice makes you perfect
Like everywhere practice is the key to success. So even if you are not playing for the money practice your poker skills when you can. Online free poker is the best to start the game and to practice
17.) Become A Well-Rounded Player
Learn games besides Texas Hold'em. Texas Hold'em is a popular game and most players have at least a basic understanding of profitable play. The same can't be said for Omaha and 7-Card. The more poker variants you can play the more opportunities you have to profit.
18.) Practice Reading Cards
Stay focused when you're out of a hand. Try to put your opponents on a range of hands and narrow it down as the hand progesses. Being able to put your opponents on a hand is the key to making big moves in Hold'em.
19.) Be a bonus hunter
Almost all online poker rooms offer some kind of free bonuses on your deposit or reload bonus. It's free money so grab your opportunity and get some extra cash on your account. I have accounts at four different card rooms and i get some kind of bonus almost every week.
20.) Buddy List The Fish
Invite other players between your friends. I have dozens of buddies in each of my poker accounts but none of them are actually friends of mine. All of them, however, are very poor poker players. This practice is often called "fish stalking" and it can be very profitable. If you find a couple of your fish buddies at a table, sit down and clean up. This sound harsh but if you want an easy money at the end of the day this is a good start.
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Author: CasinoGuy Published: 2013-10-23
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