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The Cards Don't Know You Are Losing

Firstly, you need to know that the poker is a very sophisticated game. It requires experience and skill.

This two simple fact must be clearly understood and believed before anything else can be said or taught about the game. Cards have no memory. They don't know that you are losing.

You may be going bad but has no effect on how good your cards will be for the next hand. They are just as likely to be a top-notch hand as when you are going well.

What is more possible is that you will play this hand poorly when you are losing. You also are much quick enough to play a hand you shouldn't in an effort to "get even." And then when you lose, you blame your cards rather than your play.

Your cards are likely to be blamed, especially for your early losses in the game. However, the play should also be blamed partially.

If you are the beginner, you made bad plays all night, plays that cost you money! However if you were the most poker experience player, your bad plays were more likely to occur when you are losing. In either case, there was no excuse for them.

These essays are much more related to the beginner and the intermediate player. The expert can take the care of himself. His mistakes would involve more of emotional rather than technical.

A section will be devoted rarely to a high-level poker concept or play. This essay have been more concentrated on improving the play of the less experienced but willing to learn poker very perfectly.

It is mostly addressed to casino poker games. However, some concepts or tips can be applied to private home games as well. The only differences are that casino poker games are tougher and there is no rake-off in private games. There seems to have some bearing on the correct strategy. Private games include more variations.

Many essays are concentrated on common games such as seven card stud, hold'em and seven card lowball (razz). However, it is true that the ideas and concepts are generally equally applied to all forms of poker game (with the possible exception of high-low spilt).

You should be fair enough to know that there is a right way and a wrong way to play poker hand in a particular situation.

You cannot play a hand in a same way every time. Your rivals will pick up on that. You should mix up your play almost depending on who are playing against, how the game has been going so far and how you hope to affect the play of future hands.

However, other factors which are crucial in deciding how to play a certain hand are:

•  The size of the pot.

•  Your position.

•  The cards your rival (s) are representing and in what order.

•  The cards you are representing and in what order.

•  The size of a possible bet or raise.

•  Your estimates of what you think your rivals have.

•  Your estimate of what you think they think you have.

These are many, but not all of them, of the poker technical points factors that must be kept in mind before you can arrive at the correct play in a particular situation.

If you find it, you should use it significantly at least 90 percent of the time. However, finding is not always easy. You might require some help. These essays will help you in that case.

Have a Plan

Many poker players are not aware of what they are trying to achieve when playing a hand. You should first know your specific goal before you can decide how to accomplish it.

Needless to say, your basic goal is to win more money. However, there are many small goals which have to be achieved before achieving the main goal.

For example, how would you play your hand when all the cards are out in seven card stud and if you have four of a kind showing?

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If you are an experienced player, the answer would be precise (you check, of course). But would you believe that I often see beginners bet this hand at this point?

If you bet this hand, it shows you do not have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish. For example, when you bet your hand on the last round of poker pot, it should only be because you are trying to achieve one of two goals:

•  You are trying to make a better hand fold.

•  You are trying to win money from a worse hand.

There can generally be no good reason to bet. You should have a clear idea of which of these two things you are trying to do before deciding on a bet.

Now, look again at the play of betting four of a kind showing on the last round of seven card stud. You cannot likely make a better hand fold. Similarly, a worse hand will never call as sees your four of a kind.

This is a rare example and is obvious to most players. However, even more experienced players will make insignificant forms of his mistakes.

They may bet a hand that appears to be strong but in a situation where they are called if they are beaten, such as betting three of a kind on the end into what was apparently a flush draw. These same players may fail to bet hands when there is a decent chance that this bet will make a better hand fold.

These two reasons for betting on the end have more common names. If you are trying to achieve goal No.1, you are bluffing. If you are trying to achieve goal No.2, you are betting for value.

When it is right to try to achieve either of these goals is more difficult problem. It is important to understand that you should be trying to achieve at least one of these goals when you bet on the end. If it is likely that you can achieve neither one by betting texas holdem (namely getting a better hand to fold or a worse hand to call) then you are better off checking.

It is essential to realize that your goals may change if there are more cards to come. There are other goals to be achieved by betting as well as the two already mentioned.

The two most significant of these are to make him pay for, or force him to fold a hand that is drawing to beat you. Therefore, if you have a four of a kind showing with one card to come, you should bet (unless you think your hand is beaten).

Why to allow him to draw free? If his hand still has a chance, you may make him pay for that chance. If he folds when you bet, your bet may have saved you the pot for those times he would have outdrawn you.

These are few example as to how there are plays in poker, whether they may be checking, betting, raising, or folding, everything has a reason behind them.

Every play that you make in poker should be made so as to achieve something. Generally what you are trying to achieve is related to maximizing your winnings or minimizing your losses for that given hand. However, you may rarely make a play in which your main objective is to create an image for the future, an image of which you can take the advantage in the long run.

We have discussed the surface in relation to different reasons to make various plays. However, this is just the first step to become an expert poker player. After we know the reason behind of making a play in a certain situation, we need to determine whether your hand justifies the play being made.

Always ask question to yourself, "What am I trying to achieve by this play?" And have a plan.

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