Nobody likes to be told what to do and unwanted suggestions can feel more like orders than recommendations. But when it comes to poker tips, there’s really no reason not to be all ears due to the fact that whether you decide to bite the hook and follow the lead-on, or not, at least you know the bait is out there, and if you aren’t biting it your opponents might be. So, with that philosophy in mind here are a few tips from the pros to add to your tackle-box.
1. Playing poker online and playing at the casino are not the same game. While online gaming rooms and casinos are meant to replicate their brick-and-mortar counterparts as effectively as possible, some things just cannot be reproduced in the online virtual casino world. For example, one unique aspect of real casino rooms are the emotions and body language of the other players. In an online poker game, this just simply isn’t the case. You can be jumping up and down or pulling your hair out at the turn of a card when playing online and your opponents simply have no idea. For all they know you might be calling their bluff while relaxing in your boxer shorts (not your typical concrete casino attire). And you can also get free cashback in the form of rakeback!
2. Pay attention to those who you are playing. Every move that your opponents make, be it body language, playing patterns, or subtle reactions is a key piece needed to put together the puzzle of that player. Watch everything, catalogue everything and remember everything. This may sound like common sense but many players don’t utilize the information their opponents are giving them to the potential that they could.
3. If you are feeling temperamental or demonstrative of your emotions, don’t play. Your opponents are reading you, if you can’t keep your emotions inside and under control they will only work against you both by influencing your own thinking and game, as well as by telling other players visually what is going on at your seat of the table.
4. Some say that you never want to be the smartest person in a room, because then you won’t learn anything from anyone. In poker however, there is nothing wrong with being the best player at the table. Play at a skill level you are comfortable with, don’t jump into a big leagues game just because you recently won in the minors. Moving up in skill levels takes lots of practice, experience and time. Make sure you have all these things before upgrading to a high-roller situation.
5. Poker is a game and games are supposed to be fun. Make sure you are having fun when you play, everyone loses sometimes and everyone wins sometimes, take your turn at each end of the spectrum gracefully. Nobody likes sore losers, but a sore winner can be even worse.