Most of us know that Poker is a card game that can be played for money, in most cases the players money is turned into chips, however the actual art of playing it can take a long time to learn. What’s more is there are different variations of the game that can be played too; the winner of a game of poker is the one that has the best hand.
If you are already aware of the game of poker and like to play it a little, or you want to learn how to play it, then continue reading to find out our top 7 tips to become a better player.
1 – The Games
To begin with you need to research and find out about the different games that are available, this will include how it is played out, how the bets work and how a winner is determined. There are many online tutorials, which you can pause and rewind, or you could pick up a book about them. As a guide the most popular game played today in casino’s and online is Texas Hold’Em
2 – Practice Online
Setting up an online account with a site that offers poker is a great way to start out. Typically as a new member you can be given free chips to play with; some sites also have free play poker with virtual money, to which you can play all the time. This is ideal in getting to know the game hands on. As well as concentrating on your own game, take note of the hands that win, and often they win too.
3 – Read Up On Strategies
Once you have the basics and you are feeling good about your practice games, you will want to step it up a little, so here is where you can start looking at strategies used in the game to ensure you get the win.
4 – Study The Pro’s
To get a really good idea on how to play poker, then study the professionals; you can buy their books, or better still some TV programmes show poker matches. Although these may be late at night you can record them and view them. Watch how they play and the hands that they win with.
5 – Learn How To Bluff
The most important thing to learn when playing poker face to face with people, is the art of bluffing. You need to convince the other players that you have a better or a worse hand than they have. Reading the books and watching the pro’s is the best way to learn this.
6 – Play Your First Money Game
Now you have all the knowledge and practice, it is time to put down some real money. You may be surprised that when your own money is on the table you will concentrate and play better. use the online versions first and keep to small bets.
Once you feel confident, try visiting a casino and play with real people, this is going to test your nerve much more and of course you’re bluffing techniques. Remember to keep calm and try not to let everything else that is going on around you disturb you, also learn how to win and lose graciously.
7 – Keep On Playing And Practicing
Even the best players in the world continue to practice their poker playing; make use of the free plays on the online games, play at home with friends and family so that you are not squandering your money away, but leave it so that you have it to play on a big tournament.
Thanks to Sam Gardner from samedayloans.org.uk for this great poker contribution.