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You Can Be A Profitable Poker player

Jul 29, 2008
Poker is used by some people to make extra money. Other people play poker for the excitement and fun of the game. In order to win the game, no matter in which avenue you use poker, there are certain behaviors a person needs to understand.

A person who wishes to win money while playing poker must always pay attention to every detail. From your own hand to the movements of the other players to the community cards, a player must always watch every portion of the game. Poker is an extremely unpredictable game in itself, so the player needs to always be on his guard.

If the other players have any tells, watching their movements allows you to discover them. Some players play only using a few different plays. You will know their next move in advance if this is so because their plays have become predictable.

Your repertoire will be an advantage to your game if you know several different plays. Two of the plays you can use to help you win are slow playing and aggressive betting. Using these two plays alone will not always guarantee a win, but they will help in advancing your game beyond the level of novice.

The amount of chips that the other players have is an important part of aggressive betting. The aggressive player forces the players to bet more on a certain hand than they normally would have. On the other hand, it is a good bet that a person who is betting aggressively does not have a good hand.

Another important factor in playing poker is knowing when your hole cards, the two dealt to you face-down, are good enough to carry your hand. If you have an ace in your hole, that does not necessarily guarantee your win. However, if you have an ace whose suit is matched by the other card, it is a hand you should see through.

If you do not have a matching pair of cards after the flop has been dealt, it is a good bet to fold your cards. If the other players seem timid in their bets, there is a good chance that they are waiting for the turn and the river cards to redeem their hand. This is a good time to become an aggressive bettor.

If you are missing one card to get a straight, it is almost impossible to get it. The chance of getting a straight, in a 52-card deck, is less than 1%. If you did not get the straight by the turn, and you do not even have an ace to fall back on, do not keep your hand.

Bet carefully when you have a pair since the chances of getting a pair are high. A pair will usually win a hand unless there is a possibility of a flush in the window. Everyone has the same chance of winning if that pair is in the window, though.

Bluffing is the key to winning in poker. You can make everyone think you have a high-ranking hand when you have nothing at all if you are a good bluffer. However, be careful when bluffing because if you do it too often it could become your tell.

In your playing, remember to be patient and inconsistent. You will be able to win even without a high-ranking hand if you do not develop a tell. You will go far if you become an excellent observer and pay attention to each player.
About the Author
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