Beginner Poker Tips (Part 3)
Think about your opponent’s cards.
It is critically important in poker to think about the strength of your opponent’s hand, and not just your own. It is great to have a big hand, but if you think that your opponent has a better hand than you, you should prepare to fold. For instance a straight is a decent hand, but if there are four cards of the same suit on the board and your opponent pushes all in, do you still think you have the best hand?
It’s a bit of an advanced concept, but it is very interesting nonetheless.
4] Play against players worse than you.
This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at the number of players who don’t follow this simple principle. If you are better than the players who you are playing against, it makes sense that you will be a winner in the long run. If you were the 10th best player in the world, it would not be profitable to sit at a table with the top 9 players in the world.
Pick your games and limits just as carefully as the cards you play with. Good table selection will help players to find fishy poker tables in the lobby.
5] Think about your position.
Table position is a very important element in poker, especially in Texas Holdem. The best positions to be in are when you are last to act on the hand, for example, when you are on the button. This means that player gain knowledge about what kind of hand they may hold before the action gets to them. Having good position in a hand can easily change a losing hand into a winning one.
Position plays a much higher role in no limit Texas Hold’em than we might think. It can often be more important than the cards themselves, and make huge difference between winning and losing a hand.