5 costly mistakes poker players make
Originally Posted by Leo 50
The biggest mistake people make playing live is being afraid to lose.
Once you have bought your chips (and you MUST always buy in for the max)
that money is gone.
You are now at war, be prepared but don’t be afraid.
(BTW You may still lose but it won’t be because you get chipped out)
If you have JJ or better than bet them. No limping, slow playing or trying
to make some impressive move you saw Phil Hellmuth do on TV.
Play basic, strong poker when you have it and fold them when you don’t.
They are again almost guaranteed to call a bet on the flop and turn as long as no hearts come. When the fourth heart does fall, it kills the action and we win no more money most of the time. The important concept here is to understand that we need to get as much money in the pot when our hand is likely the best. You also need to realize that a lot of cards on the turn or river can stop us from winning any more; therefore we need to maximize our winnings now.
This mistake is by far my favorite, as it usually ends with some poor guy whining in the chat because he lost to someone who had a set and made a full house on the river. It also allows players like myself to see free cards and spike that 2 outer on the river to win the pot. Now that you know what these mistakes are, you now have the knowledge to find and fix them. As an old commercial I used to see all the time would say, “Knowing is half the battle.”
The problem with playing these hands is they have little value and can cause you to lose more money than you should when we hit some piece of it. You’re mainly looking to make some sort of flush or flush draw with these hands. You will only flop a flush about 1% of the time and a flush draw roughly 10% of the time. The other times you’re left folding and losing the money you put in, or worse, making a pair and losing to a bigger pair.
Players fail to realize that they need certain odds
to make certain decisions correct. This will make them losing players in the long run. The reason they keep doing this mistake is because they only remember the times they made their hand and won a nice pot. Not understanding that if they look at stats from all the times they had a draw, they actually lost more than they have won.