Kenna James 

Poker Coaching

Tip #4  Don't be overly effected by your opponents 

This goes along with Tip #3. No matter what your opponent says or does, even if they verbally abuse you it shouldn't throw you off your game or upset you emotionally. 

This page is to share some of my favorite Poker Tips and Tricks.  Along with my own, I'll also be adding some various quotes and videos from players I've played with and respect.

"The Great One" giving a great tip 

tip #3   LEARN TO control your emotions

Emotions are a display of how you are thinking and feeling. A true "poker face" shows no emotion. A pro may feel frustration, but would never show it. This doesn't mean a pro has no emotion or feelings, it just means that at the table they are in a neutral and natural state and they are in control of them and will only put on display what they choose show.


1.   Be properly bankrolled for the stakes you're playing

The big secret to winning at any game you play  is to take the thing you’re playing for out of play. That way you can focus on technique instead of losing what you're playing for. In playing for money, or example, you take money out of play by being properly bankrolled for the game you're playing. This assures you can overcome the financial swings and losing streaks to keep you playing. 

2.   Develop the courage to make the right play

Don't let the fear of loss of money compromise proper technique. Replace fear with courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act in spite of fear.

Winning and Losing are part of the game. Don't fear winning or losing, embrace them as part of the game and learn from it so you can make the right play.

3.  Don't play more than 10% of hands in a full ring game

The biggest mistake players make is play too many hands. They tend to get involved in too many high risk or marginal situations as a substitute for dealing with their boredom. Poker, when played well, can be quite boring because you're folding 90% of the time, but still staying connected and involved in the game. 
4.   Play 75% of your hands in position.

Since there is a significant advantage in acting last, most hands should be played in position. If you divide the table up into 4 sections – Blinds, Early Position, Middle Position and Late Position – 75% of your playable hands should be played in Middle or Late Position.

5.   Make positive expected value (+e.v.) decisions

Poker is a game of decisions. Every decision has value. A positive expected value +e.v. or a negative expected value -e.v., based on various game factors you should consider and evaluate in reaching your decision. 

Anyone who doesn't have a clear understanding of these tips will have difficulty apply them. If you need help understanding or applying them to your game, get some private coaching.

Tip #1 Always Protect your Hand!

​Never show your cards or tell another player what you had if they fold and don't pay you off.  Always make them pay to see your cards. It's one of the basic principles of the game - "you have to pay to see"

Tip #2  don't look at your cards until it's your turn to act.

You're focus should be on your opponent's looking at their cards and what actions they take and also on the players to act after you to pick up any indications or "tells." When you do look, you should look at them both together, not one at a time.