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I like to play games, and I love to win. Poker is a game where you have a big influence on the chance to win, and if you love to optimize your chances, then it is the perfect game for you.
How do you then maximize your chances to win?
First you have to win more than the casino charge.
You can't beat the rake, but you can play in the casino with the lowest rake.
One example is playing 1/2c cash games where the rake vaeies from 3,5 % to 5 %.
Over time you can save a lot of rake playing on a casino with 3,5% compared to 5%
The rake can also be reduced by the reward system offered by most casinos.
And now it gets difficult to predict the value.
Many rewards are more a lotery ticket than a reward, and I don't like lotery tickets.
Reward systems often try to motivate you to play more, so be carefull not to fall in that trap.
Playing the freerolls offered by the casino can contribute to the chance of beeing a winning player, so use that opportunity.
The way you play:
Most important is the way you play.
Only play good hands
Position is important, late position give you more info on your opponents, early position gives you less information.
Respect the value of your hand and don't take more chances than the value of your hand.
It's the best sport I've ever played to keep my brain active.. it doesn't stop for a sec, always making some calculous to find the best probability and make the best decision! Even before the money, that's why I play poker everyday since I played for the first time