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Learning the Lingo of Poker

Aug 1, 2008
Poker has its own terminology and in order to become a winning poker player in Italy you have to learn the lingo of poker. There are four main terms used in playing poker, which are:

- bluff

- aggressive play

- conservative play

- action, and

- tell.

A bluff is pretending that you have really good cards in your hand and that you feel that you will win the pot, when in fact the cards you have will not win if you have to put them up against those of another player. You place bets that are not warranted by the cards you hold in hopes that other players will fold because thy think you cannot be beat. This is one of the essential strategies of poker, but there is a time and place for it. If you bluff every hand, your opponents will catch on to this and will call you. The key is to use it only once in a while so you can catch the other players off guard and rake in the winnings.

A player who uses aggressive play bets high early in the game so as to take the other players out of their comfort zone when they feel that at the beginning of the game everyone just takes it easy to feel out their opponents. If you adopt this strategy, you place the maximum bet and stay in until the end. It is one way to win a large amount of money early in the game when the other players are not so comfortable calling big bets.

Playing conservatively means placing minimum bets and just going along with the play of the game. It is a good strategy to use if you want to hold onto your money until the players start betting larger amounts, but it also means that when you do win, the pots will not be very large. When your opponents see that you are playing conservatively, they will bail out early once you start placing large bets because they know that you have good cards.

In poker, the action is the amount of betting that takes place at the table. At a table where there is a lot of action, there is a lot of money in the pot and the players are making big bets.

A tell is an action or some expression that you use repeatedly and by which other players can tell whether or not you feel you have a winning hand. Learning to read the other players and get to know their individual tells is a strategy that you do have to learn in order to become a successful Italian poker player. Players who already know their weak spots in this area will take steps to prevent others from seeing them, such as wearing sunglasses to hide their eyes or hats or caps that shade their face. Some players will keep their heads down and not look at the others so that they cannot read his/her face. However, tells can also be in the form of the way you move your hands or the way you move around on your chair.
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