Many people want to learn how to make money by playing poker, however they do not know how to get started. This process is not as easy as it seems, and even if you have had experience, like I have, it is not a guarantee that you will be successful. Poker, in my opinion, is a game of skill and not a game of luck. In order to be a winner you, obviously need to know some things about the game, but I will leave that to your inner genius.
First of all, you should be aware of the deck that is being played. Examine it and be aware of the cards, how often you see certain cards, which ones from which positions. Do this for sometime, but in general, you should not have to have a complete set of cards to win a pot. Start with a high degree of expertise, and as you gain more and more experience, you can modify your style of play based on your opponent. If someone at the table is uncommunicate, and you do not have any better idea, you can get up and move to another table or tournament. Obviously, you cannot learn everything from books.
You also need to have a method of bankroll management. This means you need to know how to play in accordance with the money that you have available. Ask lots of people how to get started, and you will get lots of answers. You should not gamble the money that you need for other purposes. You should only use the spare money when you need to get by.If you lose all the money, leave immediately, or you can try again next day. There is no point in rushing back luck after losing so much. If you can’t afford to lose, don’t bother playing.
Next, you should look at your opponents. Some people are friendly and some are very difficult to win against. When playing against difficult opponents, you should definitely show them more respect. Not all players are out for money, even some are after learning a bit of luck. I’m sure you have seen some gambling programs on television, which claim to help you win big, however most of them are in debt as well.
Before going to a casino it is important to train yourself to beat the table. Read some books, like the Super system books (by MPO500) on playing no limit hold’em, and you will be able to do this more easily. When playing multible tables or tournaments, you need to train yourself to keep focused, to analyze what the opponents are doing before they do, and to be patient. If you are not trained well and you play too many pots, you might loose a lot of chips in one game and it will be much harder to win in the next. Poker is a lot about patience, so if you can’t handle being patient, don’t play poker.
Another important thing to remember is that poker is not just a game of luck, but a game of mind. When playing mind games, you wouldn’t win, if you don’t have the best hand. When playing poker, the idea is to have the best hand, the idea is not to necessarily have the best hand, but to make the best hand available, depending on the other players’ hands. When playing no limit poker, you don’t necessarily need the best hand to win; the idea is to win by having the best mind game. The bottom line is that when playing poker, you need to have patience. If you can’t afford to wait very long, then you can definitely lose the game, as your money will run out. But if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, then even if your hand is very mediocre, you may still lose relatively small amount of money.
The last poker strategy that should be remembered when playing is that you should not commit to one particular poker game. You should understand that there are no clear winners in poker, and no clear losers either. Keep changing your mind, and you will keep winning the game.