10 basic rules to always keep in mind if you want to win at poker. A must-read for beginners, but a nice refresh for even the most experienced.

Be careful

It can be very easy to get distracted when playing internet poker and this definitely plays in your opponents’ favor. Remember, to win it is essential to identify the strategy of your opponents and therefore it is necessary to analyze all the hands that are played at the table even those in which you do not participate. Take note of the players who play a lot of hands and those who are a little more reluctant. You certainly don’t want to play all your chips against a player who rarely plays hard, and who, if he is still in the game, is likely to have a very good hand.

Don’t start too many hands

This is the basic strategy of any successful online poker player, but also the most effective. Yet few players show that they have the right combination of intelligence and patience to play good starting hands.

Playing a limited number of hands will always prove to be an advantage over your opponents in the long run. We have all seen professional players bluff, and raise all-in in relatively irrelevant games by watching poker on TV. What you can’t see are the long hours of hard concentration it takes to get to the much-desired final table.

If you consider that your opponents play 50% of the hands and you only 25%, you will have an advantage over them in most of the games you play. When you have a pair, your kicker is likely to be the highest and your ladder will beat lower scales. By playing fewer hands, you will have a better chance of winning the games you want to win.

Patience, patience, patience

In major poker tournaments, it seems that for many players, the number one priority for many players is to try to increase their number of chips as soon as possible. A poker tournament is more like a marathon than a 100-meter race. With hundreds of players participating, victory won’t come in an hour, but a distraction or hasty decision will be enough to find yourself empty-handed! You will be satisfied with your progress if in the first 2 hours of the tournament you have managed to play a few hands and your stack of chips has increased and not decreased! The other players at your table will think you are boring, but wait for them to be eliminated having lost everything in a relatively mediocre hand, and will jump through hoops to be in your place!

Take notes on other players

With a large number of players, it will be impossible for you to remember everything that happens, which player follows which strategy and so on. To this end, it is important to take note of what interests us. “Everything is broth” literally to stay in the tournament! Let’s say you have been moved to a new table with 2 other players that I will call TeddyB and Moneyman. Having played with these 2 players in previous hands, you are sure to have made valuable notes about them.

TeddyB – Extremely cautious player. He rarely raises with a high pair.

Moneyman – Professional bluffer and risk-taker.

Taking note of players is crucial in such a tournament. If you ever find yourself in a situation where TeddyB raises, you know that he must have a strong hand to do this. On the contrary with Moneyman, it is likely that he is bluffing.

With hundreds of participants in the tournament, your notes will be a valuable tool, especially in the advanced stages, when you find yourself sitting with players already met in the previous ones.

Keep learning

The best players are those who never stop learning. Read books, poker articles, magazines and keep an eye on other players. The game of poker requires strong intellectual skills and dedication and it is not a mere coincidence that many of the greatest players are graduates and often occupy prominent positions or are at the helm of a successful business. To improve your game, also search the internet: you will find thousands of interesting articles, information, notions, and stories often told by the professionals themselves of this game.

Recognize when you are defeated

Sometimes it is better to leave even those hands that look good, the ones we think we can win. It is certainly not an easy thing, but what differentiates the best from the group is precisely the ability to recognize when the opponent has a better hand. For example, you raise with QQ before the flop, 3 players call and the flop is revealed with A87. It is very likely that one of the 3 players who have seen has an Ace. Sure, you can always bet, but if your raise is seen then it is almost mathematical that your hand will be beaten so it is better to fold immediately.

Don’t forget how difficult it is to bluff online

It is much easier to click on a button on a computer screen than to physically take all your chips into a real poker room and pour them into the center of the table. Likewise bluffing is a less complicated affair. A player can easily feel embarrassed for having decided to see when it was less appropriate in the presence of real opponents and spectators, while online, one is not afraid to make a foolish figure precisely because no one can see us. Hence, it is best to be as selective as possible in choosing the right-hand when to try to bluff.

Play only if you are in the right mood

If you are tired, if you have other thoughts on your mind or you just don’t feel at your best, don’t play! It is sure that you will not be able to give the best at the table. To win at poker, you always have to be at the top. If you’re not in the mood, give it up and try later or even another day.

Don’t bet to see cards that won’t help you

One of the most common mistakes in the game of poker is to take it for granted that if you always bet on your cards, you have a better chance of winning. Imagine that you have AQ and the flop has 9T4. You think you have a good chance (actually 7/1) that the next cards are Q or A and you want to bet to see them. This way of thinking is dangerous because, even before seeing the next cards, the opponent may already have beaten you! You are in trouble if your opponent has one of these combinations TT, 99, 44, T9, A9, AT, KT, A4, TQ, AK, JK. Lots !! Although the odds of 7/1 may seem good, the actual odds of winning are far worse, especially if you are lined up against a few players in the hand.

Have a good time

You must have fun playing poker. Remember why you started playing! Make sure you always play what you can afford. Poker is an exciting game. It’s a fantastic feeling when opponents take your bluff and decide to fold. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you are playing your best and feeling invincible. Play to the best of your ability and above all have fun, who knows what will happen. Everything is possible! There is only one winner, but all the others together contribute to the final prize while having fun as well!

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