This is a discussion on Best advice you can give to someone on how to become a better poker player? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Can the community contribute to the best solid advice you have found over the course of your poker career and summarize it? :party:
While not a fan of Mason Malmuth, he did have one solid bit of advice in "Poker Essays, Vol. II." Essentially, he said you have to think about poker all of the time . . . become obsessed. Phil Ivey during his 'no home Jerome' days is prime example of this approach.
A word of caution, for most of us, the above advise is an express route to burnout.
One thing that helped me out a lot was playing your cards based on position.
You can get away with playing more marginal hands in late position since they are easy to get rid of.
Play the cards in front of you. What I mean by this is play your two cards don't try and represent a hand at the table unless you can confidently feel you can make others see that, but that takes knowing more about your opponent and their cards than the average player can do.
Suck outs happen, nothing is rigged. Knowing this will keep you grounded and away fro tilting.
The simple answer is that you just have to PLAY. The more experience you have, the more you pick up, both consciously & subconsciously.
Well said. Back in the high point of the poker boom, there was a radio show that used to have some pretty successful players as guests. Each week the hosts would ask what was the key to being successful. While the specifics would often differ, the advise almost always boiled down to "do the work."
BTW, the hosts would never accept the advise, as they were looking for the poker secret that would magically make them successful.
When I first came to CC I was carrying around so much crap in my head, I could hardly even play without wanting to bust my laptop over something. I was losing bad and I was mad as hell about it. But Bear kept telling me that I had to start controlling my enter demons. I didn't know how to do that because I didn't know what they were, even though they were right in front of me. Anger while you play will get you no where. You will only lose more and more. When I took Bear's advice and started to control my anger about anything that happens during my game play, then I began to win again.
First would be play the correct hands. Dont play every hand you get. Stick to premium hands and pocket pairs.
Knowing when your beat and folding. AA is the best starting hand but when the flop shows KK5 then your hand just doesnt look as good anymore. AA can be folded.
Play on a budget. For a beginner you really need to start small then work up to bigger tournament buyins. People play diffferent based on the cost of the buyin. Loose and crazy players tend to play micro buyins but if you play in in tournament with $100 or more you tend to see alot tigher play.
Best advice would be play smart. Know when your beat. And practice makes perfect.
i think experience is the only way to get better, but along the way, remember this:
Patience, Discipline, Strength, Agression.
These are the four pillars to any successful poker game. Know when to use each of them, and where, and you should go far!
I also think that watching live play as opposed to the 'highlight reel' shows is a great way to pick up knowledge without risking any monies. Shows that stream live on sites like pokerstars.tv and hptpoker.com can get you tremendous insight as how/when/what to play.
something i just read on bluff magazine was an article back in march. Long story short , the advice given was to be fascinated by poker and how it is played. Wanting to work at it, and understand it for what it is. Trying to better yourself everytime. Its really time consuming when learning to be good at it, just depends on the person, and what your willing to learn and how you learn i guess. Gotta make time for it. the more time you put in. the more you will understand poker.
The number one most important thing is....drumroll.........Money Management.
You must manage your bankroll wisely and at the table you must manage your chipstack wisely.
To me, that is the most important thing to keep in mind in poker. You will not succeed without this, IMHO, because without a bankroll you can't even participate!
^ Exactly this. You can study , play, experience but if you can't manage a proper bankroll you will always find yourself back to square one. Even some of the greatest poker players will tell you that .
^Its easier said than done. Some tips for the above: Patience is the key , you might see your stack rise very slowly while learning with a proper bank roll management but that's ok. As you get better it will rise faster . Good luck 😊
don't overvalue overpairs, especially in cash (non-tournament) games. yes, they are lovely, and yes they are strong, but if you bet and they keep reraising, there's a large chance if you are playing with decent opponents that your pocket aces just aren't strong enough.
I can probably attribute almost half of my losses, dollar-wise, to this one fact.
1. Do not play every hand . Take frequent pass .
2. Do not play for money, if you're drunk .
3. Do not bluff just for the sake of bluffing .
4. Do not stay in a hand just because you've put in a lot of pot.
5. Do not make the call at the end of the game only to bring the enemy to clean water
6. Do not play when you are angry , upset or just in a bad mood .
7. Pay attention to the cards on the table .
8. Take regular breaks . Avoid long gaming sessions.
9. Do not play at too high limits .
10. Choose the game according to your skills and bankroll .
I myself think that playing in freerolls and play money tables until you get to where you know, how many outs you have left in the deck for a winner, and the % of getting them.Example;A-J spades in hole,Flop is K spade,Q club,8spade.How many outs 4 flush?For straight?For ace overcard pair?How many outs total?Poker is 80% math,and 19% luck,and 1% personality in my opinion.Enjoy!!!!!!
1. Play tight
2. If things are not working out, try to discover why. If it's more a luck matter, maintain your strategt, don't get frustated
3. Always keep yourself in the game, it doesn't matter how much money you have
4. If you are playing qualyfings, you might want play very safe if you see you have a suficient amount of chips to get qualified.
I would say that the biggest tip towards becoming a good poker player is learning the art of patience. It may not always pay off, but without it you won't become a good player. Take your time to study ; books, videos, training sessions and try and apply your learning to real games. Don't think of freerolls as real tourneys as people play them differently to a money buy in. Pick your game based on your bankroll limit and keep learning.
For cash games at least, if you're losing too much, take a break. It might just be a swing if you're a winning player, but if you're losing frequently you're most likely doing something wrong. 'Luck' only extends so far.
Hever thing about the buy-in amount when u decide to play something.
Take poker like a good joke and don't be nervous....sometimes exist bad jokes.
Be proud if you win 3$....the same proud will exist also when you will win 3000$ or more.
Fell the other players from your table
Don't think about your position in mtt...just wait to remain alone there )
And learn something in everything you read about poker. one single ideea it's enought...but make it daily this!