Poker is a basic game of cards played by humans,
that s the easy part, the hard part is increasing your playing skill to beat
and profit from the game. Given that
everyone gets two cards and sees the same cards on the board, the fundamental
comes down to how each player plays their two hole cards. The best players in the world all share some
common traits, yes they all play a different style, but ultimately they all
share the following traits.
Aggression – No I don’t mean that they
physically and verbally assault or intimidate the opposition; they play their
hole cards and each hand that they are involved in aggressively by betting and
raising. By constantly betting and
raising then they force their opponent to make a decision about whether to call
of fold rather than to see a free card, possibly causing the opponent to make
an incorrect decision.
Patience – The best in the world are some
of the most patient, waiting for their opportunity to make the correct play,
often winning hands due to timing and position rather than holding the best
hand. By putting themselves in only the
most profitable situations, they are able to maximize their profit.
Vigilant – When at the table profitable
players are vigilatiy watching everything, I mean everything, how does each
player react when they look at their cards? Who reacts when the flop is dealt?
What actions do players make when betting or checking and what were their hole
cards? It is vital to be able to observe
these things and everything else so that when you are in a hand against them,
you have added information about how strong their actual hand is.
Bravado – The decision of whether to call,
fold or bluff based on whether you think you have the best hand. The brave players can make the big call with
nothing but a high card if all the information tells them that they are in
front. The best can push the fear aside
if they truly believe they are good no matter what the odds. However, calling when the information tells
you otherwise is just donating, not clever.
Education – Like I said, Poker is a basic
card game; it does however only take a short time on the table to learn but can
literally take your entire life to become a master of it. The good news is that it is possible and by
reading articles, watching Poker DVD’s, listening to audio books you can
transform your game and become a profitable player also.