What makes a good poker player?
What makes a good poker player?
May 13, 2010 5:59 pm Report Abuse
Good poker players come in all shapes, colors, attitudes and animals. Ok let me think about this a moment and say that the avatar you choose has little to do with your ability to play. It does spice up the tables but some don't use them so I will move on to a different area of thought.
Ok, first off, Poker is a mixture of skill, timing, chance, luck and simple math. If you have a good hand you know it, but the problem lies in the opponent's hands. Do you play the hand or do you play the player. It is obvious if you have bad players who are new or just not card-wise, they will play anything, raise on anything and sometimes just plain suckout with a runner runner and that leaves you just wanting to kick someone's butt. But, hey, the tables are different and you are dealing with a great deal of multiple personalities and playing styles.
First, Bankroll management is key. If you have a very small bankroll and you get upset and decide to blow the whole wad, so be it. It is wiser to play like you have $millions and then play a little conservative and be aggressive depending on the cards. Bankroll management means not playing a $10 entry table when you have $12 total in your roll. So what do you do? I say play some small SNGs like $1.25 9 person games. That could work. Swing around to some freerolls
. Some actually pay good money if you have the time and persistence to hang in there. FTP games don't hurt you either. You might get lucky. But first and foremost watch that bankroll and play about 10% of it on any entry to a Heads up or small sit and go or tiny tourney.
Second, Don't play when you are agitated, angry, upset, or just having a bad day. It is not to your advantage and you won't have fun and you will make some serious mistakes. Then you will end up doing Bankrupt Bankroll Management instead and sitting with some playchips and end up kicking your cat.
Thirdly, Come to the table with a good attitude. Feel out your players (be nice now), and know how they play. Watch their betting habits and play your cards with confidence and see what they do in response to your raises and reraises.
Forthly, Don't be a call raise call guy or gal. If you feel the hand is good or you are on the shortstack and see a viable way out with AA , AK, KK, AK suited or other premium hole cards ...go for it! The worst that can happen is you lose, but that shouldn't be the case.
Fifthly, try new approaches and develop a style of your own. Don't be too consistent on your playing constantly as a call call fold person. It helps to show a little aggression sometimes and the other people don't know what you have. You could have a monster hand and they don't know it and you have to play it with confidence. I have won with 23 offsuit against a player with KK and A27 Flops on the table. So don't look at rags as being no option. They can win, not often, but they simply could give you an edge if played right.
Last of all, get plenty of rest and mentally prepare yourself if the tourney is lengthy. When the breaks come eat something, drink something, walk around and think about your strategies. It is all good. In the meantime make new friends, enjoy the game and each other.