are part of life, therefore they are part of poker, the problem is that when
you make them at the poker table then you can lose money. Be eliminating mistakes from your game and
fixing leaks, the chips will stay in your stack, ready for you to use to win
chips from other player's mistakes. This
article aims at identifying the most common mistakes and helping you avoid
Pair is Not Good Enough” – To many players will place an unreasonable
expectation on winning with just one pair.
Statistically the average winning hand in Hold ‘em Poker is Two Pair,
yet to many player will bet and raise with just one pair and often find
themselves broke and wondering why.
Avoid over committing to a pot with just one pair as it is likely that
your opponent has either two pair, trips or better.
All Players” – How could you call with that. Some players will call with nearly
anything, like the previous mistake of always calling with just one pair. A player who is never bluffed, calls to
much. Don’t give away chips by calling
just because you have hit the board, analyse the hand and come to a conclusion
about what possible hands can beat you.
If you are at the table and there is a calling station in a hand against
you, be careful, don’t bluff, they will almost never fold.
Don’t Bluff” – Some players refuse to bet or raise unless they have the
absolute best possible hand at any time throughout the hand. These players are the easiest to play
against, every time they bet you know they have the best hand so you can fold,
every time they check you now that they don’t have a strong hand and a bet will
win the pot. Don’t be this player, mix
your play up, put out a bet with middle pair and two over cards when the
opportunity presents, take in all the information and play the situation, not
Tell Them” - Poker players aren’t actors, they are not good and portraying
false information, or more important, they are terrible at hiding
information. Poker Tells are an
indication of the strength of a players hand.
Most players give tells that can be used to exploit chips without them
even knowing they are telling you what hand they have. The lesson here is to prevent giving tells,
other players are always watching you, the secret is to act and re-act the
exact same way no matter what cards you hold, no matter how strong your hand no
matter how weak your hand. Study
information on Poker tells and what to look for and therefore what to prevent