Always keep in mind that poker rewards those who play aggressively, and punishes those who don’t. An aggressive player will raise with a playable hand, right from the outset. This is not to say, however, that you should raise on every card dealt in the course of a game. There are times when you will want to check and there are times when it’s intelligent to just call a bet. Aggressive play does work. If you can bet, chances are you can raise and raising gives you the advantage. An aggressive player often takes control of the game. Everyone looks at them when it’s their turn to bet, sometimes you will see the other players literally wincing when an aggressive player puts in another raise. They upset the game and make other players uncomfortable. That’s what you want to do.
Always keep your opponents guessing. It’s a bad feeling when you have to guess what your opponent is holding. Playing a guessing game is not only aggravating, it’s a losing proposition as well. You should be making your opponent guess. If you’re in a game where you are the one always guessing then you are a worried player and you’re probably going to end up losing. One of the ways to stop guessing is to play strong cards, another is to play aggressively.
One of the best skills in casino en ligne poker is the ability to read other players. By this I mean knowing the value of their hands by their actions and/or gestures. Here, psychology plays a big part. How does one read opponents correctly? It’s not a science, more of an art. First of all, you have to be very observant. If your head is in the clouds during a game, much will pass you by. Watch the game at all times, even when you’re not in the hand. Then watch and see how a player bets or raises.
In smaller games, weaker players usually do the opposite of their hands. They “splash” their bets or fling their chips aggressively. Why intimidate players when you have them beaten? The essence of poker is to keep weaker hands in the game so you can win more money. Sometimes a player will show over-eagerness to bet, even betting out of turn. They might even follow up with a comment like “you’re done like dinner, might as well fold now!” You know this person is an amateur. If their hand is so good that they know they’re going to win, they should want you in the game, to win more of your money! It’s completely ludicrous. When the same player has a strong hand, he will appear indecisive about whether or not he wants to bet or raise, or whether or not he wants to stay in the game. This time it’s a huge physical effort for him to put his chips in the pot. These actions are called “tells” they tell, or give away the value of a hand through moves or gestures.
As you get into bigger games, or play against stronger opponents, the tells won’t be as apparent. They will still be there, but much more subtle. They may still bet in a certain manner, however, which gives away the value of their hand. Their faces may change expression, or they may count their chips when they have a strong hand, or just shove in their chips when they’re weak. Or vice-versa. Be alert to any tell you pick up – it’s an invaluable tool that can make you a great deal of money.
Because reading other players is an important part of the game, you also want to avoid being read yourself. Pay attention to yourself. Try to consciously notice how you reaction in different situations, and in different plays. Be on the lookout for gestures or mannerisms that might give away the strength or weakness of your cards. Be careful and alert. Don’t play the same cards the same way all the time. Don’t make the same gestures all the time. If you can’t be read, it’s a big advantage to you – you can spend your time on the prowl, reading the other players!
Well, I think you should now be equipped to go out there and play poker. Play intelligently and carefully. Keep an eye out for tells. Know your own limits, and most importantly – play to win!