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Poker Tips

tips for playing pokerAs Texas Hold'em poker is widely loved all over the world, the following top 10 poker tips are applicable to this poker variant if you find it at any South African casinos:

  1. Make sure you fully understand the rules of Texas Hold'em before you start playing for real money.
  2. Play in cash games, sit n go's and tournaments to suit your level of play. In other words, when starting out don't be tempted to play in big money games with more experienced players than yourself. The odds are very good that they'll 'clean you out'. Rather play in smaller buy-in online poker games.
  3. Don't play too many hands. What this means is that you need to discipline yourself to only play with decent starting hands as opposed to any old hand, 'hoping you'll improve it with the flop'. You'll waste a lot of money playing like that.
  4. When you are the small or big blind and get a lousy hand, don't be tempted to play it simply because you have already put blind money into the pot. A lousy hand is a lousy hand and you should fold it regardless unless you get a chance to see the flop for free.
  5. on't be afraid to vary your playing style to throw off your opponents. In other words, play some hand 'loose' and others 'tight', some cautiously and others aggressively. This will make you unpredictable and make it harder for your fellow players to get a good read on you, and thus bluff or bully you.
  6. To help you hone your betting strategy and general level of play, it is important to understand 'hand odds' as well as 'pot odds'. Knowing the pot odds will help you decide to bet or not and will save you thousands of rand in poor bets. Research poker odds on the Internet.
  7. Capitalise on a good position as position is very important in Texas Hold'em. This means that when you are on the button (dealer) you are in the best position because you get to act last after seeing how everyone else has played their hands, and thus play accordingly.
  8. Don't be impatient. If (like all poker players do at some point) you keep getting crappy cards, do not be tempted to bet just so that you get a chance to play. While you'll get to play alright, you'll also stand to lose a lot of money. Be patient and wait for a decent hand to come along.
  9. Take notice of your opponents playing styles. You can learn a lot about your opponents just by keeping tabs on how they bet, whether they play aggressively or not etc. Then when you play against them, you have a better chance of anticipating their next move.
  10. If you notice weak players, don't wait for the other players to knock them out. Be aggressive when necessary to bluff or bully them out of pots. This will generally win you more hands as well as send a message to your stronger opponents that you know what you're doing.
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