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Startng Strong, Avoid Beginner Mistakes in Poker

Poker may be a charming game from the outset but it does not mean that it is an easy game to break into.

Yes, the game play may look simple when you're watching it from the TV but an actual game is certainly no child's play.

One has to pour more effort than staring in front of the television all day watching poker sessions if a successful career is to be desired.

For starters, here are some of the most common beginner mistakes a budding poker player must steer clear of to have a smooth start off in poker.

Playing in high-level games.

One of the worst beginner mistakes a starting player can do is to compete with the big guns.

Sure, it is something to play with the pros but it is an entirely different thing to play like them.

Besides, it is hard to learn anything from these games as they are frenetic and replete with subtle complex strategies that are just too much for a newbie.

A beginner must carefully choose his opponents to adjust the level of game play and to ensure that learning is optimal in each game.

Alcohol while playing.

It may have no serious consequences when you're drinking while playing at home with your friends but in the casino, things are different.

When you first enter the casino, you might notice that there is an abundance of free alcohol and you might want to have a glass or two.

Well, casino poker is a different breed from the one you are playing with your friends every weekend night.

It is a serious game and you will want to ignore those complimentary drinks just to focus all of your concentration to the game. Aside from that, it will also be best for you to eradicate the drinking habit now as it will benefit your career in the long run.

Bluffing unnecessarily.

Ah, the classic beginner mistake of bluffing pointlessly.

Many rookies have this erroneous perception that poker is bluffing and bluffing is poker, hence the bluff-fest when they play the actual game.

Well, it's fine and dandy that such rookies already know one of the fundamental things in poker like bluffing but the most essential thing to learn when it regards to bluffing is knowing when and how to use it.

Remember that bluffing is a two-edged sword; it can either be a fine weapon in the hands of a skillful player or an instrument of self-destruction in the hands of a novice.

Playing too long.

This beginner mistake is mostly done both by those who are ahead of the game and those who are terribly behind.

Intoxicated by winning streak, players who push on will most likely lose most, if not all, of their winnings later while those who forge ahead to try to win back the money they've lost are bound to lose more.

Do not imitate these guys who have played an hour too many. You are compromising your brain when you play too much and besides, you will be just wasting your time and money playing while tired physically and mentally.

Lack of patience.

Like in life, lack of patience is a big beginner mistake in poker.

Remember, patience is the key, my young grasshopper.

These common beginner mistakes should be kept in mind and be put into practice by any budding player as these tips guarantee not only a hassle-free entry into the wonderful world of poker but a rewarding stay as well.

Startng Strong, Avoid Beginner Mistakes in Poker
August-07-2008 Thursday
Granted that poker is not a beginner-friendly game but it does not mean that one can flood a game with beginner mistakes. Being informed of these mistakes and veering away from them will make the entry into poker relatively free of hassle and embarrassing moments.
Online Poker Beginners
July-13-2006 Thursday
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