There are many different ways poker players choose to play the game, however, there are certain basics you should attempt to adhere to. Now these may seem very simple and straight forward but it is amazing how many poker players out there simply dismiss them.
There are two ways to look at these poker tips, and because you want to become a better poker player this post is worth reading, first, you were unaware of these poker tips and you can use them to your advantage or second you are aware of them and you can watch for other poker players not adhering to them.
Simply put, the poker players not following these tips are obviously novices and will probably lose all there chips to the more experienced poker player.
Poker Tip 1. Wait to look at your cards idn poker
Our golden rule is to watch what other poker players are doing. How can you do this if you are looking at your cards? Wait until it is your turn to act then look at your cards, you should be concentrating on the players due to act before you, not on your own cards. The only time you should look straight away is under the gun (first to act sitting next to the big blind), but still, you can look for players after you that have already checked their cards.
Poker Tip 2. Do not lift your cards from the table
We’ve all seen it on TV, cover your cards with one hand and only raise enough of the cards to know their value and suit. Do not lift the cards off the table to get a better look. This opens the door to showing your opponents both your cards and your tells.
Poker Tip 3. Act in turn.
I don’t really know why I have this tip here, because if you follow poker tip 1, you shouldn’t be able to act out of turn as you haven’t seen your cards yet. However, to become a better poker player you must realise you can watch for players meaning to act after you and get a read on their possible actions. Just because you will choose to act in turn doesn’t mean your opponents will. Keep an eye out for that opponents holding their cards ready to muck out of turn.
Poker Tip 4. Only look at your cards once
Only look at your cards once and make every effort to show no emotion. You only have two cards to remember, if you can’t remember the value and suit of two cards you looked at 30 seconds ago you have a lot of homework to do to become a better poker player. Besides, you should be spending as much time as possible watching your opponents rather than watching your own cards. Furthermore, see if you can work out a consistent amount of time to look at them. Eg. Try for 3 seconds every hand. A poker tell can be picked up by the amount of time a player looks at their cards. Consistency is the key, regardless how strong or weak your hand is.