Here are ten poker tips to keep in mind for your upcoming poker sessions:
1. Don’t play while tired, sick, upset, or distracted. Poker requires smooth cognitive functioning to perform well. If you’re not feeling calm and focused you’re better off not playing.
2. Ask for advice. The most explosive growth in learning any poker player can go through comes from talking strategy with other poker players. Try to maintain a loosely-organized poker strategy discussion group to call upon when faced with a tricky situation.
3. Listen to the little voice in your head. Trust your instincts at the poker table. They exist for a reason.
4. Formulate a cashout strategy. Success is easier to attain when you have goals in mind. Decide upon a winnings checkpoint and reward yourself with a purchase when you grow your bankroll to the goal.
5. Pay attention. It can be tempting when playing poker to have a web browser open or be fidgeting with your mobile phone, but directing one’s focus in this manner can lead to missing out on key pieces of information unfolding in the poker game(s) before you.
6. Study one hour of poker for every eight hours you play. Starting off a session by watching thirty minutes of free poker videos can be a great way to get your mind in the right groove.
7. Do something that surprises yourself once in a while. If your play has gotten too predictable to yourself, your opponents may feel the same way. Keep thinking creatively.
8. Establish a crazy table image. Early in tournaments before splashing around chips becomes too costly, establishing a reckless table image can be a great way to help get paid off during subsequent levels.
9. Be fastidious about game selection. Part of the work of being a poker player is finding good games to sit in. For online poker, try some smaller sites where the competition is weaker. In live games, be prepared to get up and leave if you don’t like what you see. There will always be another game.