Don’t Let The Sharks Get Your Dinner! (Part 1)

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Beginner mistakes poker players can avoid

A game of poker is not as easy as it looks (high time its called a game of skill now). It’s a constant learning process and there is an overwhelming amount of information available. So before you dive deep into this sea of knowledge, here are a few simple beginner mistakes you can avoid in your game.

#1 Playing Too Many Hands

Yes, the initial enthusiasm for the game makes most poker players feel like they have to play every hand. Considering the psyche of a newbie there are tendencies to feel left out of the action and therefore they feel the need to compensate for it by playing most hands. What one needs to realize is that not playing a hand or being part of the action is not a sign of weakness. It is also an indication that a player knows better to sit out and not play his hand. So don’t dive in and play any Jack, Queen, King or Ace just because it looks good. Spend time understanding a good hand selection. What’s more important is also feeling the table and understanding how to play beyond the cards you get dealt.

#2 The fear factor

The human brain is wired to be afraid to make a mistake or not taste victory. This psyche has fear written all over it when you sit on a poker table. The fear can also manifest into paranoia and cloud a player’s judgment. Beginners are often threatened by a player betting aggressively and will fold a good hand under the pressure that he is up against a monster hand. But most often, you might just be having a better hand and the pro player is playing only into your psyche. Practice trusting your instincts and that will take you a long way.

#3 Getting Committed to a Hand

Beginners tend to get attached to a hand once it runs good for them a couple of times. Now that is dangerous for your game. Sometimes it is correct play to be folding these hands. For example if you’ve been dealt a pocket pair pre flop or making a pair on the flop, you decide to stay in the hand because you feel like you will be bluffed out or look weak. This way you will never know where you -stand in a hand. Giving up on a hand is not considered a bad thing in poker, unlike other sports.

#4 Improper Bet Sizes

One of the traits a good poker player is learning how to correctly size your bets in order to manipulate action. As a newbie you’re probably thinking raise or bet at extremes – meaning too little or too much. This is such a giveaway on the table and most often than not a pros going to steer the action his way with these kind of bet sizes. The trick is in insuring yourself with the right bet size, that way you maximize your wins and minimize your loses on a hand.

Well you don’t want to be live feed for the sharks, so make a mental note of these tips and stay tuned for more!

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