Poker Advice

Improve your performance at the poker table

Keep player notes on your opponents

By taking notes on players you can build up a record so if you play against them again you already have knowledge of the player. If you are taking notes it’s good to try and build up some main characteristics, for example:

  • Smart or not

  • Aggressive or passive

  • Tight or loose

  • Straight up or bluffs

  • Bets out a draw or not

  • What kind of hands opponents raise up with preflop

With this sort of information about your opponent you can gain a really good edge on the game.

Learning to leave the table

This is something even the pros have trouble with but is certainly something you should concentrate on improving in your game. If you are being outplayed or just being unlucky on a table, it’s ok to leave. You shouldn’t think about trying to get your money back or get revenge on the player that keeps catching something on the river to beat you. Simply if you are losing money at a table then you don’t have a good table image plus you are likely to be on tilt and players will take advantage of you.

Playing the right Situations

If the game gets shorthanded and you are not that familiar with playing shorthanded play you should leave as it is an easy way to lose a lot of money in a short period of time. Playing in situations where you are not comfortable can lead to you losing money but it can also help you learn to play these situations. If you want to learn how to play in different situations it is best to start at low stakes and work your way up.

Buying in

If you are sitting down at a table you should always sit down with the minimum of 20 times the big blind at any poker table, ideally you should sit down with about 40 times the big blind. The reason for this is that if you’re sitting at a table and happen to flop a full house or any strong hand and you don’t have enough money to raise the pot you are losing out on potential winnings.