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Poker Tips: Watching Other Players To Improve Your Game

Aug 17, 2007
Though poker is a game of chance, there are many strategies and techniques that you can implement to help you improve your game. The more you know about the game of poker, and more specifically, the particular poker variant you are playing, the more you will understand about the other players. This is key to your game, and can even sometimes make the difference between winning or losing it.

Though your game is only as good as your hand, how you decide to play that hand is crucial. Understanding the tells and strategies of your opponents, as well as knowing why they play the way they do will help you know what decision to make. Sometimes, of course, if your hand is bad you will lose no matter what you do, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Watching the other players is the key to your success when wagering. There is not a one size fits all tip for playing poker. Much of the advice given to people is common sense, and often depends on the type of game being played. There are, however, certain things you can keep in mind for general use when playing the game.

Take the time to assess your opponents. This can give you an advantage if you are able to discern how your opponents respond to and act in certain situations.

The outcome of the game can depend on how the players in it respond to each other. Remember, as you are watching your opponents, it is likely that they are watching you.

Keep in mind, however, that players who feel they are being watched may purposely act in the opposite manners from what they really feel or have.

Watch for poker tells. People often use certain gestures or take on specific facial expressions when certain things occur. For example, a player may be in the habit of placing a hand to is or her face when bluffing. The more you play with this person, and the more you pay attention, the more you'll come to notice these things and come to know what they mean. Remember, too, that more experienced players may use false tells to make you think they are about to perform a certain action or have a bad hand when, in fact, they have a really good one.

There are many physical characteristics a player might take on during a game. The more you play with the same opponent or opponents, the more you will get to know about their habits. The same is true for online poker.

Though the game here is not played in a setting that allows you to see what they are doing, you can pick up on tells such as extended pauses before performing certain actions. Knowing how to read your opponents is key to a good game, and may mean the difference between winning or losing.
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