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Winning Poker From Home

Aug 2, 2008
To some it might seem silly to want to be a professional poker player. However, to others there is no other profession desired. To the rest, poker is a fun pastime that can be financially rewarding as well as a confidence boost.

Knowing a few simple rules are necessary if you wish to make money from playing poker, professionally or otherwise. In a game such as poker, knowing your opponents ishe most important rule. Knowing the signs of whether they have a good or bad hand will help you immensely to become the best poker player you can.

The signs that players have are called tells. When someone has a tell, it is almost like holding your hand so that every one can see what cards you have. Tells range from facial expressions that come when you have a winning or losing hand to how you bet.

Facial expressions like surprise or anguish are beginner tells that most players who have been playing for a while will no longer convey. Knowing your own facial expressions and controlling them is a rudimentary law of poker. This tell is, if you are playing with seasoned players, one that you cannot always trust.

The most basic of tells is betting which most people cannot control consciously. Aggressive betting is forcing other players to bet on a hand that is known to be a losing hand. In most cases, aggressive playing is a good move.

In a case where it is a good choice, the bettor has a very low hand that might win, like an ace in the hole. it is a good play to bet also if the other players have less chips than you. However, if there is another player who has more chips than you, they can turn the play back on you and make you bet all in when you only have a small chance to win.

Always pay attention to the other characteristics of the game as much as you do the other players' tells. You should watch what cards are in the window, or the community cards, as it is a very important characteristic of the game. If the window and the betting of the other players show that another player might have a good hand, it is best to just fold your hand unless you have a sure-fire winner.

If you have a matching pair in your hole, the face-down cards you were dealt in the beginning of the round, then it is a good hand. Even if the cards are a pair of twos, it is a hand with which you can be aggressive. With the chances of getting a pair being so much higher than the chances of getting two pair, bluffing with a pair usually wins.

If no other player seems to want to bet more than the minimum, and if you only have an ace in the hole, the chances are that the others do not have a pair. With this ace, you can bet, but unless you enjoy risks and have enough money to back up your adventurous nature, don't bet aggressively. However, remember that there is always a chance that the window will reveal a pair for another player.

It is a good bet that you might get a flush if you have a matching suit in the hole and at least two more show up in the flop, because another of that suit might come with the turn or the river, the last two cards dealt. This is, however, just as hard to pull as the inside of a straight. Make sure that you have a backup plan for that hand if you are going to bet because there is actually less than a .5% chance of getting either a flush or a straight.

If you feel comfortable with the play, it is a good play. After you have been playing with players who have a little knowledge of the game for a while, you will be able to tell what to do right when you are dealt the first two cards. Always remember, the most important rule; watch for your tells and others.
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