THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND.

Players bluff a lot.

Players bluff much more than you would imagine – if you hold at least a pair from flop,it may pay to see it through to the end.Particularly if 2 suited cards,or a possible straight was flopped,and now their straight can’t be made,and their flush busted.

Have rough idea of odds involved.

You can exhaust yourself,and make poker pretty hard work if you take the maths to extreme lengths,but a rough idea of the odds to draw is a must. Just have in front of you the odds involved to make your hand.For these examples the river(last card)is to come,and below are the approximate odds.If,say for example,you have a pair of 3’s and know you need another 3 to win the pot,there are only 2 cards in the pack that can win it for you.The odds are 22/1,if the pot,plus what will be played this round is only paying you 10/1 you have to fold,if the pot has potential for paying 30/1 you have to play.

Odds below are for river card – last card only to come.

It is roughly half the odds given below for turn plus river card – last 2 cards still to come

2 cards wanted is app 22/1

3………………………….14/1

4………………………….11/1

5………………………. .. 8/1

6…………………………. 7/1

7………………………. ..11/2

8…………………………. 5/1

9…………………………..4/1

10 cards wanted just play!

Most players are now too aggresive.

Almost everyone has read the poker instruction books,and the recurring theme within those books is be agressive.Don’t be intimidated,when someone raises and reraises,if you have the hand,go with them,let them up the ante,wait and hit them late,particularly if the raiser does it all the time – the table will go with this player,but maybe fold if you raise.This is the reverse of popular tactics,but i have tried both,and at least you have the option of bailing out if it goes wrong,most players having raised agressively early feel they have to stay with it whatever they end up with,and try to bluff their way out of trouble.

Play in the highest stakes table you dare play in.

Poker can be a drudge sometimes,particularly if you have a sequence of poor hands that you can’t play.Even if you do have hands to play,the norm is you will win the stake of the table each hour – $5/10 table will return about $10 – $15,for a GOOD player,not that much really.So what to do ? – play on a big stakes table,and win or lose play for a shorter time,enjoy the thrill,and if you do win,you will make a decent return.