Losses are part of the game. Keep them in perspective.
Poker players tend to be competitive people who want to win. So, dealing with losses can be a difficult challenge. Always remember you are playing a game, you're not the game. Meaning don't take it so personal! It's how you respond to the loss that is important. If you are overly effected by losses it will compromise your technique and you'll only perpetuate the cycle. Learn from your losses and move on.
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
6. Adapt your play to the opponent
Some players play their hands the same way much of the time without regard to specific factors of the situation. One of the main factors of any situation is considering whose your opponent. Against one opponent you may bet for value while against another the best play is to check and elicit a bluff. Know who your opponent is and adapt your play accordingly to make the most profitable play.
Emotions are a display of how you are thinking and feeling. A "poker face" doesn't reveal any true emotion with regard to the hand. A pro may feel frustration not connecting with a flop, but doesn't show it. This doesn't mean a pro has no emotion or feelings. It just means they've learned to control what they reveal. At the table they either display a neutral "Poker Face" or maintain a natural state of being so as not to give off any "Tells," as to the strength of their hand.
KJ's MID STAKES CASH GAME TIPS
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 the hands you elect to play should be played in Middle or Late Position.
5. Make positive expected value (+e.v.) decisions
Poker is a game of decisions. Every decision holds a positive or a negative expected value (e.v.). Learn the main contributing factors, such as pot odds and equity, in how to make positive e.v. decisions.
The number one principle in poker is to protect and guard your hand at all times. Develop the habit of putting a card protector or chip on top of your cards. Learn the proper technique of looking at them so you don't inadvertently reveal the contents of your hand to those sitting next to you. At showdown, don't show your cards until it's your turn and don't tell another player what you had if they ask unless they've paid to see your cards. You can say "you have to pay to see!"
Anyone who doesn't have a clear understanding of these tips will obviously have difficulty applying them. If you need help understanding or applying them to your game, consider getting some private coaching.
Many new players inadvertently give off "Tells" by preparing to act before it's their turn. They think, "if I'm going to fold, what difference does it make?" Well, the difference is that when you "give up" before it's your turn, when you do see a good hand and decide to play an observant opponent to act before you will be able to pick this up and avoid giving you their chips. If this is a habit you've fallen into it is an easy fix. Just wait till it is your turn to look at your cards instead of peeking early. This will also help you to keep your focus up and out and on your opponents where it should be instead of down and in on yourself and your cards.