Poker Guru Tips
concepts discussed in this page may be summed up in
a few sentences. All online poker games begins as
a struggle for the antes. The size of the ante determines
the way you play to a large extent, because if you
don't struggle properly for the antes, you cost yourself
money one way or the other - either by playing too
many hands when there's a small ante or too few when
there's a large ante. With a low ante you should play
tight (except in the cases noted above), and as the
ante increases, you should loosen up.
The basic concept set forth in this topic is a simple
one. When the pot is big, you want to win it right
away. To try to win it right away, you should bet
and raise as much as possible, hoping to drive everybody
out, but at least reducing the opposition. You should
bet and raise with the best hand, and you should frequently
do the same even with a hand you think maybe second
best. The fewer opponents you have in a pot, the greater
your chances of winning it, even if those chances
are less than 50 percent; and when the pot gets large,
winning it should be your foremost concern.
'em You Quit Winners Every Time
tell them that you will tell them this every time,
whether you quit winners or not, and explain your
reasons why. Let them join you, just like your poker-playing
allies join you, in your quest to detach from outcome.
In this way you remove the pressure of their well-intended
expectations, which leaves you free to concentrate
on playing your best game, regardless of how the tally
Sadly, some people in your life may actually want
you to lose. Can you believe it? Do you accept it?
Does it cross your mind (or is it a fact already known
to you) that there are people in your life who view
your poker playing as degenerate behavior? They may
give you overt support but covertly root for you to
lose, just to reinforce for themselves their cherished
beliefs that gambling is bad and gamblers get punished.
If there are such people in your life and you can
get them out of your life, I would certainly encourage
you to do so, for they're toxic and negative and wrongheaded
and who needs that? Then again, it may not be possible
for you to get them out of your life. They may be
relatives or in-laws or co-workers or otherwise affined
to you, and you may be stuck with them and their negative
opinion of the hold'em you hold dear. For these people
especially I suggest that you always tell 'em you
quit winners and never care if they don't believe
you. That way their negative opinion is their problem,
not your problem, and you can carry on with your game.
If you don't care for the phrase "I quit winners,"
use one of your own coinage. What other positive (or
neutral) statement could you give to anyone who asks
how it recently went?