All you need to know - Poker & Rummy
It’s been said that poker is easy to learn but hard to master. This page will give you some tips and strategies which will help you become a pro poker player, with general poker advice and strategy too for players new to the game.
As obvious as it seems, there is no substitute for knowing the rules of the game. You don't want to find yourself calling a player all in, thinking that your straight beats his flush and losing all of your chips. There is no way you can be a winning poker player if you don't know the fundamental rules of the game.
A very common mistake that amateur players make is not being selective enough with their starting hands. Don't fall into the common trap of thinking that ‘any hand can win'. Although this is true, some hands are more likely to win than others and will help you win more money, whilst others will help you in losing more money. So be selective about which hands you play.
Another common misconception about poker is that you need to bluff to win. You may have seen spectacular bluffs in poker shows, but these are edited to show the highlights of the tournaments and so give the wrong impression of the frequency that top players bluff. Bluffing poker is not as essential as you think it is.
If you are a beginner online poker player, it is better to play your cards well rather than trying to bluff your opponents out of hands. It is good to try occasional bluffs here and there, but the real art of knowing when to bluff comes from knowledge and practice.
This may sound strange after advising you to fold a lot, but they actually go hand in hand. Given that you're starting with much better hands than everyone else, you should be betting them aggressively for value. The old adage is that if you're going to call a 1000 Rs bet, you might as well be the one betting it. But you need to be selectively aggressive. Don't bet just to bet. Start with a premium hand, raise pre flop. If no one is raising you or betting out, continue betting on the flop. On the turn, only continue betting if you have a decent hand. If you do and you're not sensing strength from your opponent, keep up the aggression. Otherwise look to fold to aggression from your opponent. Try to avoid check-calling.
Don't get too fancy. If you think you have the best hand or a strong draw, bet Otherwise check-fold. Build pots when you have the best of it and get out cheaply when you don't. Don't call just because you want to see the flop or you want to see one more card or because you think he might be bluffing. Yes, you're making small mistakes by folding too much, but its better make cheap mistakes than expensive ones. You also keep your decisions way easier.
The best way to pick up tells is to watch your opponents and how they play in each pot. Even when you are not in the hand, you should still concentrate on the game to understand how your opponents play.
Hopefully you will see what moves the players make when they don't have the best hand, and what moves they make when they do have the best hand. The more information you can get from your opponents, the better the opportunity you will have to beat them.
You will often find yourself holding half a hand that only needs one card to complete flush or straight. As a general rule, if your opponent is betting heavily, it is unlikely to be profitable to chase after these draws. However, if there is only a small amount of betting it may be wise to call in the hope of making your hand. If the amount your opponent bets seems too big to warrant a call to make your hand, then don't.
The ultimate beginner mistake (that even some intermediate players make) is over-valuing suited cards. Flushes are not as common as you think, and if you limp in with your two small suited cards, there is the chance that you will lose all your money to a higher flush if the flush does come.
Just because your cards are of the same suit, it only improves that hand by 2% compared to if your hand was not suited. This marginal improvement is too small to warrant calling pre-flop raises, so learn to fold the small suited cards. You will be saving yourself some money in the long run.
Hand ranking is all about placement of a card’s in order from best to worst. The standard hand rankings for the most common poker variations are, in order from highest to lowest.
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