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How To Improve Your Poker Game

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poker
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Ah poker – the classic card game with several variants. Which do you prefer? The original straight? The classic five-card draw? Maybe you prefer the multiple betting rounds of Caribbean Stud or the mystery of Texas Hold’em. A few weeks ago, we provided a beginner’s guide to playing poker to help you with the vocabulary and poker hands. Now let us go a step further and share some of our favourite tips and tricks to improve your game!

To play or to fold?

We know, you’re quite excited to show you know the difference between a royal flush and a simple high card hand. You want to play as many hands as possible to be a part of the action and win! Except, playing more does not equal winning more. You don’t need to play every hand. Know that there are good and bad starting hands – for example, if you have a 2 and a 7 in Texas Hold’em, fold. Sure, you will forfeit the round and lose the money you’ve bet so far, but it is almost impossible to win since these cards will at most make a very low flush. Better to wait it out and try again the next round.

What about bluffing?

The bluff – a primary feature of poker that differs it from similar games. We know you want to try it out and see if you can get the other players to fold to your pair of 3 hearts. But, bluffing for bluffing’s sake isn’t the way to go. Bluffs only work in certain situations and when you are up against certain people. So bluff if the probability of being called is lower and remember that bluffing is not required in a game.

Upset? Avoid playing.

Tilt is slang used in poker describing the angry or frustrated emotional state of a player. This can be due to having a really bad day and choosing to play to escape your feelings, except you’ll be playing emotionally instead of rationally. Often this emotional play is overly-aggressive. Tilt can also come about when you start losing, particularly in a public and humiliating fashion, or become frustrated by the other players’ attitudes and manners. Tilting happens to every player – the most important thing is to remember to take a break and calm down, whether for a few hours or a few days. This is true in land-based casinos, but also while played at Mummys Gold, the best online casino in Ireland.

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Keep an eye on the other players

Pay attention to your opponents, even if you aren’t at the table with them. By observing, you may note that Mr. A has a tell when he bluffs, Miss B raises every time she reaches a certain position, and Mr. C always folds when there is a re-raise. When you sit down to play with them, you can use this information to help decide the strategy that will give you the best chance to win.

Consistency is key with strategy

With all of the different forms and dynamics of the game, poker strategy is a complex subject that requires much studying. The best is to pick up books and workbooks such as Jonathan Little’s The Poker Workbook and Doug Hall’s Poker Workbook for Math Geeks. The first presents 15 real poker hands and explains how the pros played them. Each step of the way you learn the logic they used. Hall’s workbook works on poker’s mental math, repeating and repeating until you know strategies and shortcuts that will help when you sit down to play. Whichever strategy you choose, you should stick with it throughout your game. Particularly as a beginner, you may start with a strategy, start thinking it isn’t working, but miss the fact that in the long-term it can even back out and win.

Folding Aces

When playing Texas Hold’em you may end up with two aces as your hole or pocket hands. Remember these are the cards dealt face-down that only you can see. Once you see these cards, you generally will bet/call/raise before the flop (the dealing of the three face-up community cards). Most of the time, two aces (“pocket rockets”) is the best Hold’em hand you can hope to have. However, sometimes you may decide to fold post-flop if other high cards show up on the table. In extremely rare cases, folding pre-flop is the best decision – namely in a satellite event for a big tournament such as the World Series when you’d win just as much by stopping as continuing on.

World Poker Tour Players To Watch

World Poker Tour Players To Watch
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Every year, the World Poker Tour sees players rise to new prominence, and the 2018/2019 season looks set to be no different. These are 3 players you need to watch during the second half of the season, which begins at the Gardens Casino, California, this month, before heading to its first international stop in Sochi, Russia, from 21 to 27 January.

The schedule also includes the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City in January, the Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Canada, in February, and events at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California, and in Barcelona, Spain, in March. Those will be followed by an event in Nottingham, UK, in April, and an event in Choctaw, California, in May. The merry month will also see the Aria Summer Championship in Las Vegas, before the Baccarat Crystal-sponsored Tournament of Champions in June.

Ping Liu

Irvine, California, resident 29-year-old Ping Liu is definitely on an upward trajectory. He appeared at World Poker Tour tables 3 times in 2018 alone.

The first of those saw him take fourth place at the Rolling Thunder Main Event in March, and that was followed by taking fifth place at the bestbet Bounty Scramble in October. Liu made it into another fourth-place spot in December; this one being the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio, which won him $599,147, which brought his live Poker earnings up to more than $1.4 million.

 

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Chino Rheem

Admittedly, David Chino Rheem has had a fair share of attention over the past few years, and for all the wrong reasons, which is why keeping an eye on him is a good idea. His playing skills aren’t likely to improve any time soon, but his scams and stunts may get more interesting.

English pro player Alex Goulder tweeted that Chino had lied to backers about how he bust out of a Partypoker event last year, and various publications have reported that he is notorious for not paying back his debts. At least he once shared a whole lot of complimentary cakes with fellow players at his table.

Gus Hansen

Danish pro player Gus Hansen shot to fame in 2002, when he won the very first World Poker Tour to be televised. He went on to win other events and tournaments, during which he cemented his reputation for aggressive gameplay.

After taking a break from tournament Poker in recent years, and losing huge sums to money to dodgy casino owners, he announced his return to the field last year. He’s looking a little worse for wear these days, but his reputation and skill are why you need to watch him this year.