By: Pocket Bullets Paris
It seems to me that when asking for advice on how to play your best poker from poker communities around the world, everyone always has their own tips that are sure to help you walk away from the poker table a winner more often than a loser.
Here are a few of our favorite tips that we have culled from friends who have often made final tables at the WSOP and other poker events around the world:
Keep your eyes on your opponents: Always watch the other players at your table, even when you are no longer in the hand. Watch closely how they bet, their table talk, body language and other physical “tells” that may give you clues to their hole cards and how they will play them in the next hand.
Don’t rush to check your hole cards: Watch the other players first; most of them will check their hole cards as soon as they get them and many of them will react to what they got in a way that may tell you if they have a strong hand or not. When you do look at your cards try not to react at all.
You shouldn’t play every hand: Always be ready to fold when you know your hand is weak; don’t try to improve a weak hand. If it is obvious that you can be beaten easily be ready to give it up no matter how good your hole cards may be. Give it up even if you have already contributed to the pot.
Be cautious when bluffing: Don’t bluff just for the thrill of bluffing and definitely don’t bluff just to keep yourself from folding all the time. Always fold if you have to and only bluff sparingly and strategically. Remember that bluffing can only work in certain situations and only against certain players. If your opponent always calls everything it’s best not to try to bluff him.
Never play when you are on tilt: Don’t play when you’re mad, or tired, drunk or wasted. If you’re upset about anything, you’ll start playing emotionally, not rationally, and all your opponents will pick up on that and walk all over you easily. Walk away if you lose your cool.
And one of our favorite players at the WSOP Main Event had these words of wisdom:
He said: I hate playing with loud-mouths and show-offs and I can’t stand a sore loser. When you win you should always be a humble, and if you lose you should always walk away with dignity.
There are a lot of more tips and advice but we’ll save them for another time.