And position -- position is like orange juice. You don't know why it's good for you until 100k+ hands after and analyze your winnings and realize you bleed (like any pro) out of SB and profit most out of the button. Don't confront strong players -- even if you hate them -- out of position. Play them in position.
That's a really complete answer. Thank you.
I'm assuming 6-handed or 9-handed. If you are heads-up, then that is going to work towards throwing out rule books. Tricky lines are gonna be your thing -- check-raise rainbow flops, check-call turn, check-jam river. Heads-up is a completely different game.
Cheers! I'm no pro but I've stacked pros in Vegas. I'm just a nerd who read some books and played some Internet poker on sites like Full-Tilt and Pokerstars for fun. But analysis is greater than instinct. Rely on instinct if you can't explain. But analysis allows you to explain, and it's better to get in that habit, because our instincts will plunge us into hell if we can't control them and analyze them more often than not.
Actually, the most lucrative stereotype left remaining in Poker might be the idea that it's a game about cojones than about math and analysis. Be aggressive (not fish/calling station) analytically and you can exploit that stereotype. Be a nerd! Here it is good!
And of course the basics -- just in case you missed them. If you bet/raise on any part of any hand, you have two ways to win -- with a better hand, or by intimidating an opponent to fold. And in calculated terms, your equity will be higher than the strength of your hand with these actions. So don't be a weak player. It's good to be trappy and feign weakness now and then, but that only wins when you are super strong and pretending to be weak. Most of the time, you should be pretending to be strong regardless.
I understand.We mostly go with two cards Texas Hold 'em and although I admit I'm not very knowledgeable about the game, I can play somewhat well. Although sometimes I get the impression the other players seem to know what I have.
Long-term is my final advice. Volume. Don't try to be a hero on one hand or against one specific person. Make it as impersonal and unemotional as you possibly can. It is 100k hands, or 1mil hands, that will define your greatness as a Poker player.. not one hand. Never one hand even if the television focuses that way. Every average person is capable of a soul read here and there, or a great fold, or a hero call, or a bold check-jam. What the average person isn't capable of is this:
That is not gambling. That is a professional winning and winning.
Even if he is losing aces over deuces, or trips against runner-runners. He/she doesn't break their cool. They shrug it off -- just like the graph shows.
The real test of Poker is not picking up on body language. That helps. But it is really a battle against our own emotional weaknesses -- our desire to get back at someone, not sit next to the weakest player, to be heroic, to win a great battle at the cost of losing a war. It is the truest and noblest game against our own selves. Forget everyone else. The battle is with your own demons.
Alright.I'm trying to proceed all this informations to understand them well, it's a whole lot
At the end of the day, the two most important skills in my opinion are the most boring: table selection and bankroll management. But because they are so boring, they are the hardest to master -- like forcing yourself to sit next to the weakest player, or refusing to join a player where people obviously know what they are doing... or refusing to buy-in for no more than 5% of your bankroll. I am not a great Poker player because I sometimes fail to follow my own advice. I went from $100 deposit in Pokerstars to over $50,000, then dipped to $30,000 in recent years due to reckless. But my advice was right. If I followed it I would still be working up.
But apologies if I overwhelm you. You can hopefully review my notes later on. But Poker is a great, great, great game in my opinion. It teaches us about life and ourselves -- our strengths and weaknesses. You get lucky, you get unlucky, you do something skillful, you do something reckless... And the main challenge to me is accepting all of that... just like in life. Because in life we're playing with the odds too, but many people refuse to compare it to Poker. But that's all we have -- risk vs. reward, opportunities taken vs. opportunities lost/failed. Poker is the game of life. I think most people are uncomfortable with that much chance playing into their lives... but it does whether we like it or not. But the question at the end of the day is if you bet, raise, check, or fold. That's it.
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It's a lot easier than keeping a straight face.