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Beginner Guide

You probably have heard this old saying “poker takes a day to learn, but a life-time to master”. This is considerably true since it takes a lot of practice and experience to get better at online poker. However with the right learning strategy and poker tips in place, it will take you way less time to get better at poker even when starting as a complete beginner.

Poker guide shortcut to get better at poker

Learn about hand rankings, hand strengths and the advantage of position. There is nothing simpler than understanding which hands and plays win you the most money, just by learning basic poker theory.

We have written a few poker guides on different topics, so make sure to check them out. You can read about the importance of position in poker, how to read your opponents hand, which hands you should play and what the hand rankings are.

Poker tip 1: Get the maximum value from big poker hands

Always try to get maximum value from your big hands. With maximum value we mean winning the most chips as possible when you made a big poker hand. Some players are afraid they won’t get paid from a big hand and will try to keep their opponents in the pot by betting less. What these players don’t realize is that they often miss value (chips to be won) from their big hands.

Less value from your big hands means less overall-profit – keep that in mind. Instead whenever you have a big hand think about how much money you can bet at most to maximize the value you can win from the hand.

Poker tip 2: Use logic, not emotions at the poker table

Learn to make decisions based on logic and not on emotions only. Emotions are inevitable in poker and makes the game fun, but when you make bad decisions based on them, it will affect your poker game for the worse.

As a result this could even lead to more mistakes and playing even worse poker. This is also known as going on “Tilt” in the poker world. It is a very costly happening in online poker and should be minimized as much as possible. Instead try to make as many logic, good decisions as you can in a consistent way.

Evaluate your play and emotions after you are done playing poker. Look back at how well you played. Make notes about what you did well and what you need to improve on. Take these observation into consideration the next time you play.

Poker tip 3: Practise makes perfect, so play online!

The best advice and the most common of all is to play more poker. Experience and poker skills are developed by playing the game itself mainly. The more you play the game, the more likely it is you were in particular poker spots multiple times before and had the opportunity to learn from it. With poker spots we mean specific situations under given circumstances.

Let’s say it is folded to you, you find Ace Jack, decide to raise and another player re-raises your raise. Experiment and execution are the way to find out the best ways to play poker and to maximize the value in specific poker hands. However, while playing, don’t forget to implement the above poker tips in your game to get better at poker quicker. Have fun and good luck at the poker tables!

Tournament Guide

Many of us spend too much time trying to figure out how to achieve a small win rate in tight, aggressive low stakes cash games. Here are three ways to maximise your success in loose stakes online poker cash games.

Play a lot of hands against Recreational Players

You should go out of your way to play against bad players and to get involved in pots with them. When they do their limp thing, just raise it up with a wide range of hands in order to get heads up against them going to the flop.

If you have position on a player who often makes huge mistakes after the flop, you could easily win a big pot. You can’t win big against these players unless you get involved against them. This will pay off later when you finally have the big hand.

Don’t slow play

Never slow play against bad players. There is a reason why we call these players “passive”. They are not planning on building the pot for you. If you decide to trap them with your big hands, then you can look forward to winning a small pot.

You need to build up the pot against passive players. They will sometimes fold but that’s because they don’t have anything to work with.

Don’t bluff bad players

You should definitely be betting frequently with nothing against them, especially on the flop. You also need to isolate these recreational players with a wide range preflop with a continuation bet on the flop most of the time.

The best thing about this poker strategy is that it won’t cost you much.

Poker Psychology

Sometimes something might seem wrong or out of place and the thought just cropped up without any conscious directions. It means your instincts are working and operating beneath your brain’s conscious level and great online poker players have the best instincts.

To become a great online poker player, you need to develop your intuition into accurate instincts you can trust. We are thought to logically think things through and that gut feelings are based on emotions. To develop accurate instincts, you make to make sure that your brain processes the right information.

Building up your online poker instincts

You need to remove negative emotions and illogical thoughts built over time. Furthermore, good instinct actually assists you in reading your opponents’ hands and strategies. This is accomplished by your unconscious awareness of being in tune with your emotions and thoughts.

You still need to observe your opponents and think through how they are thinking and feeling to develop these unconscious instincts. You also need to assess their knowledge level, evaluate how they would react emotionally to events and think how they thought through their events. Your mind will implicitly associate similar events to the ones you’ve observed and your poker instincts will gradually develop.

So hone your instincts and have faith in them. You will soon start seeing that your thoughts are misleading you and your gut was correct. Don’t rely completely on your instincts but you also need to maintain a thought process too.