The popularity of poker has sky-rocketed in recent times. Although poker may be considered fondly by some as a social occasion amongst friends. A chance to get together, swap stories, have a drink, smoke a cigar and sometimes even win a few bucks. Well, those days are gone!
Professional poker is everywhere you look now. You find and can get involved in games online. There are countless hours of TV production assigned to some great poker matches and tournaments ... and there are some very, very substantial sums of cash swapping hands! So if you feel the need to play like a pro, here are your 3 quick tips: -
1) One of the most important aspects of poker is to keep an eye on your opponents. Watch what they do, learn their habits. The more you know about an opponent, the better your advantage. If a player regularly bets very high whenever they have a good hand that can serve as a warning to you. However, you may find that someone tries to bet high each time after they flop. They may indeed be bluffing, but are trying to portray an image of confidence. You just need to make sure that you spot any regular or reoccurring themes among your opponents.
2) Know your limits and do not get caught up in the hype. Set your monetary limit and never ever exceed it. Sometimes during a great game of poker, our emotions tend to get the better of us. This is where you need to step back and stick to your plan. Have you ever been goed by the high-rollers? They flash their cash at you in an attempt to intimidate. Do not get fooled and stick to your plan!
3) Always know when to fold. This is where knowing your opponents is an advantage. You may usually fold because your hand is diabolical. However what you have learned about your opponents habits may force you to retire or continue with your hand. The moral, do not just fold or carry on based solely on your cards in front of you, gauge your fellow players reactions as well. If you realize that others may not have a great hand, this is your opportunity to take a calculated risk!
The pros make it look so easy, but in actual fact they stick to a basic set of principles. They realize poker is a game of chance and will only take calculated risks. A poker pro will always know their opponent, what their limits are and when to fold.