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"7 Power-Tips For For Newbies"

by Mark D Rossi
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As you go through this series over the coming weeks we are going to go through the basics of the game to advanced play. Even If you are an experienced player it is always good to go back to the basics.

Here are a few tips to generally improve your game. The series will move into deeper levels of strategy as we go thru. You may move ahead anytime by going to The Poker Strategist from any of these pages. Scroll down..




1. Keep reading up on Texas Hold 'Em! Become familiar with as much material as you can. This will not only help you understand Hold 'Em from your perspective, but it will help you to understand why other players play the way they do.  Sounds like a no brainer? Yeah, maybe, but we are conditioned by the world mentality to want something for nothing. Realize right now that it is going to take effort and descipline to get to pro. Poker is not unlike any other sport. Its fun to play for fun but equally as challenging to reach pro status. So make sure to continually educate yourself and learn the tells that vary from player to player.

2. Play! The occasionally repetitive process of playing the same game can lead to boredom, but it helps you build on the cognitive skills you need to be a better player. For example, I've flopped the nuts quite a few times since I've started playing, and it used to be really exciting. It still is. Now though, I don't flip out and start rationalizing what my next play should be.

It's automatic. That's because I've played my fair share of poker.

3. Play for keeps! Playing at an online casino's free table can be a minor learning experience. However, it doesn't truly help you improve your game. Most players at a free table will bluff their ass off for no good reason. They have nothing to lose by doing so. When real stakes are involved, players start to consider the real elements of poker. Suddenly these outrageous bluffs are no longer feasible, and players realize that there are also "check" and "fold" options.

4. Don't give up! I lost quite a substantial amount of money in my early days when I didn't understand poker.  Each big loss was a lesson though. Without any of those losses, I'd never have reached this level.

5. Step up! The higher the stakes, the more exact the play gets. This is because higher stakes attracts more skilled players. If you can clean up on the $1/$2 table all day, try the $2/$4. You'll learn from the better players, and soon you will graduate to that next level.

6. Watch better players! If someone rocks your wallet for all you've got, see how they did it. Single out and analyze these opponents by trying to predict what they might have, and what their next play might be.
Once you can do that, they are no longer the better player.

7. Throw down! Try different styles of play. It's good to play tight as a beginner, but when you're branching out, try being that aggressive freak who everyone knows is bluffing but, with control. Learn how other players react to individual styles of play, and how they react when you change from passive to aggressive.

 For a comprehensive on these tips go to: The Poker Strategist's strategy section, see Think For Yourself,Tells, Mind Games for starters.

8. BONUS TIP:  Hold 'Em is ultimately about making money. If you see a leak in someone's game, exploit it! That player will learn his or her lesson eventually, as we all did.
Make them pay to learn that lesson. If you ever start feeling guilty about taking some fool for all he's worth, remember a time when it happened to you. Don't feel bad anymore, do you? Its part of the game.

Those are a few power-tips to help improve your game.

Follow those, keep practicing, and you'll be beating the pants off your friends at home games (or maybe even online poker rooms) in no time.

Here are some general guidelines for beginners and how much you should bring with you when ready to play.

The smallest limit in most card rooms for Texas Hold'em is $2/4 but occasionally you'll see $1/2. Most people sit down and buy a rack of chips ($100). One hundred dollars in a $2/4 game is a typical buy-in.

How far does $100 go in a $2/4 game? There is no set answer to this. It depends on your skill level, the skill level of the other players, and also the kind of day you are having. Even if you are a pro it isn't uncommon to lose a couple of racks at a game (or more).

I would say though, if you learn a bit about Texas Hold'em first and go in there with a couple hundred bucks you can play all day.


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