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Necessary Steps To Winning at Poker

Aug 3, 2008
Poker does not have just one strategy for winning. A major factor in winning, luck of the draw makes poker one of the hardest games to master. It is not an impossible dream as many people have mastered it.

Playing as though you can see your opponent's cards is an underlying strategy of playing poker. After learning all the other points to the game, this is the one key to winning it all. You are playing carefully and strategically if you play this way.

Beating the pots odds by having a higher chance of winning is one of the hardest poker strategies to understand. For example, if the amount to stay in the game is $20 and the pot is at $100 then the ratio is 5:1. The amount of the pot to the amount required to stay in the game is the pot odds.

The pot odds must be less than that chance of winning odds. That the example mentioned, imagine there are four players betting. The number of players makes the chance of winning 4:1, which is higher than the pot odds.

If the player wants to stay in the game long enough to either break even or to slim down the amount of players, this ratio must be met making this one of the most important strategies in poker. If the player bets on the pot odds of 5:1 and the chance of winning is 4:1 then the player has a better chance of winning, instead of breaking even than if there were five players left making the chance of winning even with the pot odds. This is an advantage to those who do not pay attention to this ratio.

The reason this strategy is the hardest to understand is because, once the pot gets higher, the amount of quick thinking also gets higher. In most poker games, there is a time limit for betting and sitting there multiplying and dividing, the odds can take up most of that time. Whereas it is a good strategy to take your time, it is a bad idea to spend all that time figuring out the odds rather than figuring out your hand.

The essential trait a person needs in order to win at poker is being able to be deceptive. Bluffing and slow playing are two key elements of deception. Being able to figure out people's tells and reading their poker faces is also very helpful.

Bluffing is the principle strategy in deception. To bluff another player into believing you do not have whatever hand you have is the best tactic for winning. You bluff the other players by how big or how little you bet on each turn or hand.

Make sure you have a winner of a hand and then bet just above the minimum of the flop and the turn. Never begin a hand by betting too heavily because you opponents will see this as a tell. When you have a bad hand but still want to win, bet smoothly to make the other players think you have a better hand that you really do.

Slow playing is a non-aggressive deception where the player has a very bad hand but bets very low to make the other players bet. Once the other players are deep into the hand, the slow player continues to bet low until the other players feel the hand is too dangerous and fold. Pushing the other players to fold by slowly making the pot bigger is a very easy deception, unless you've already shown this as a tell.

Being careful to not show the other players your hand by giving off hints, such as betting too big when you have a good hand, is a key to winning. These strategies will not always work in every hand as the majority of the chance of winning relies on what cards are flopped. However, these strategies will help you to, at least, eliminate many other players.
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