Poker is not a game of cards

There is no substitute for knowledge of your opponents. Always is good to remember: Poker is not a game of cards. It is a game of people. More difficult is getting inside your oponnent's mind. What is his frame of mind? It might change tomorrow or in a hour? What gets him on tilt? Does he have a strategy? Does he deviate from it, consciously or by tilt? And how far?

In fact, poker is the only game in the casino where your decisions have a direct influence upon your winning of losing. It the game you don't play against the house. You play poker against other players: people. We only use cards and chips to keep track of what's going on.

Well, is he gambling? Or is he all tucked in, waiting for the nuts before he'll invest in the pot? Notice everything about him and the way he plays. And why he plays. For fun or money? Watch how an oponnent tends to play, it's easier to put him a hand because there are fewer possibilities to consider.

You should study to put him on a hand because there are fewer possibilities to consider. Study a new player right from the first moment you see him waiting for a seat is essential. In fact, that's a good place to begin gathering knowledge of your opponents.

Stay tuned! Poker is not a game of cards
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