Delaying One Round
 
In structured games the size of the bet doubles on the third round of betting - for example, from $5 to $10 in a $5-$10 games and from $10 to $20 in a $10-$20 games. In these games you may want to wait until the bet doubles in size before putting in a raise - not as a slowplay but as a better way of driving people out. If in $10-$20, for example, you raise a $10 bet to $20 on the second Round, some players behind you may be willing to call; but if you wait until the next round to raise a $20 bet to $40, these players will not be so willing to pay the price. The greater likelihood of diving opponents out with a big raise on the third round of betting offsets the cheap $10 card you allowed them on the previous round
Expect Miracles-Not!

 
Try a few lessons, play some, and see if the lessons help. If they do, take a few more, and play some more. And all the while, read books-good ones. Keep applying the advice to your play. You should be able to sense how much better you're playing. If someone tries to sell you a package of 50 lessons, run, do not walk, in the other direction. Poker teachers haven't earned the reputation of dance studios, but the year is young.

Watch out for mentors who frequently use the words "always" and "never." Poker is not a game of absolutes: Context is king. After you master basic principles, you will find out there are times when it's right not to follow them. Using hand guidelines can help you when you start, but everything in poker depends on circumstances. Sometimes you need to deliberately violate guidelines. A good mentor will teach you those times.
 
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