re: Poker & First Time In A Casino?
Originally Posted by ndirish620
thanks beanface this was actually helpful for me being a new player in the live spectrum it really is a whole new ballgame and i often lose all my money real quick at times because i think everyones bluffing when really if i waited they are actually a tight player for example. so slow playing is definitely crucial at the start
I am happy that I was able to help you out. Good to hear.
As for thinking that everyone bluffs all the time:
Once in a while, I make a really good call. I just sometimes see right through the opponent's BS. Here is one way to help you determine what your opponent may be holding...
Ask yourself - What are they (the opponent) trying to get me to do here? On a paired board for example - if your opponent had trips, or a boat, why on earth would he want you to fold? Unless of course he opponent holds trips and there is a flush draw on board.
Edit: Vice-versa - don't allow yourself to be trapped by a smooth calling opponent. And don't bluff too often. It is difficult to pull off (experience really matters here).
Consider the texture of the board, try to determine what your opponent wants you to do, and DISAPPOINT them. However, don't start shipping your chips away trying to make sick calls. Once in a while you may find yourself in a hand where you think the dude is trying to punk you.
Bluffing does not happen all that frequently, but it is nice to be able to see right through it and win the pot. Seeing things for what they really are can not be learned in a book. It comes from seeing hundreds of thousands of hands. Experience is what contributes to gut instinct (that, and intelligence). The more hands you play, the more situations you will witness. The more situations you witness, the more prepared you are to make good decisions down the road.
This is all just my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt. I only offer my advice in the hopes that you will benefit from it.