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Qualities Of a Good Poker Player

Aug 17, 2007
Though Poker is a game of chance, there is a certain amount of skill involved in playing a good game. It is true that your game is only as good as your hand, however, how you play that hand is always just as important. Being able to spot poker tells in your opponents, as well as avoiding them yourself is crucial. Also knowing when to fake a poker tell can net you good results, or the ability to bluff. Knowing how often to utilize these skills, as well as when it is and isn't appropriate to do so can keep you from losing. Many of the poker pros have been able to establish themselves in tournaments as poker icons by adopting behaviors that make them the players that they are. Just as in any sport or game, an ambitious player will often stop at nothing to win, and often takes on wreckless abandonment as a personality trait.

The key to playing a good poker game is developing a good strategy. This is the most important aspect of your game, as it will often determine how well you play your hand and whether or not you win your game.

First, you must understand the rules. In poker, the basic concepts are the same, the objective being to place a bet and win with the highest hand. There are several variants of poker, each with its own set of rules that differ slightly in how each is played, so learn the rules of each one that you play and understand those differences.

So what do you do when your hand is bad? True if you have a bad hand you are not likely to win, unless you are lucky or skilled enough at bluffing to be able to pull it off. This works mostly with hands that aren't considered the worst hands of the game.

The decisions you make from the options available to you are crucial. Know your options and know them well.

Also worthy of mentioning here is that two great poker players may have different qualities that make them equally as good as one another, so there is no set rule on this. There are, however, qualities that, as mentioned above, will help you become a better player. For instance, knowing how to spot tells in your opponents can help you know what type of hand they might have. Also knowing whether or not your opponent is likely to give out a false tell, something to make you believe his or her hand to be better than it actually is, otherwise known as bluffing, is important as well.

Understanding the poker tells of your opponents may also help you to avoid doing them yourself.
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