Top 4 Tips to Improve Your Poker Game

Most people love poker, even our beloved spidey Tobey Maguire and the Liar Liar star Jennifer Tilly! If you too are interested and planning to start playing the game, you may wonder where to start. The following tips may not help you win every time, but they’ll certainly help you excel in the game.

1. Play with Weaker Players

As such, marked cards can help you win the game. But they’re for advanced players and for those who have no problem in cheating others! But if you’ve just started playing the game you should look for tricks that can help you progress in the game slowly. One of the best strategies for this is to find places where your chances to win are the highest. This is possible when others at the table are weaker than you. They are easier to find while playing poker online as most poker sites provide statistics for every table. Choose a table with a high average pot size and a high proportion of players going flop.

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2. Attack Weakness

Players tend to miss checking with hands that can call multiple bets. This means that, when they do check, often they have a comparatively weak hand that will usually fold if faced with multiple bets.

When you notice that your opponent is showing a lot of weakness in a heads-up pot, you can take benefit of them and apply an aggressive bluffing strategy. Not only do you have to bet with your normal semi-bluffs, but also you must bet as a pure bluff with a few nothing hands, preferably ones with good blocker effects.

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3. If You’re Not Sure, Fold!

The biggest difference between a professional player and a bad player is the good player’s capability of laying down a good hand like top pair when they know they’re beaten.

This may sound simple, but it’s hard to practice, partially because of our mindset. Our mindset is made of curiosity and a will to win. Surrendering means missing the chance to win the pot and to satisfy the curiosity by finding out what your opponent has.

Calling too frequently and in the incorrect scenarios is the second quickest way to lose in poker (the first is ineffective bluffs). Whenever, you’re in doubt about whether to call or fold versus a bet or raise, oblige yourself and fold.

Bonus Tip: When in one such situation you fold, remember to note down the details of the hand, so, after your session, you can try to understand if you made the correct fold. Figuring out and/or talking about these types of hands is an excellent way to consistently enhance your skills and fill in the holes in your poker knowledge. This is even easier when you use marked cards.

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4. Play Your Strong Hands Fast to Make More Money

Playing slow too frequently is a common mistake done by players who are scared of chasing their opponents out of the pot while having strong hands.

Most of the times, it’s best to bet your powerful hands to build the pot and safeguard your equity. That doesn’t mean, however, that you must always bet/raise your powerful hands after flop. You should check your powerful hands if:

  • There are low chances that you’ll be outdrawn
  • You don’t have several scare cards to stop you from getting paid on later streets
  • Your opponent has a heavily weighted range towards hands with no showdown value

But, when you are in doubt, simply bet (or if you were not the pre-flop aggressor, check-raise). It’s really sad when your opponent folds, but it’s not as sad as getting outdrawn or losing potential value.

As you’ll learn poker with these and other tips, you’ll experience the fun in the game. That’s why most people love poker!