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Poker Game Strategy - Tells And How To Read Your Opponents

Being able to read other poker players is essential to being successful at winning hands at the poker table. This is the case whether the table is virtual or real, in a tournament or in your friends’ basement. If you are going to win against the other players, you need to know how to read their tells. One of the most valued skills among poker players is the ability to bluff, to have a good “poker face“. Bluffing is a term that is used to when a player is trying to get an opponent to believe what they are saying is true. This works for both good and bad hands, for a good hand, it may be in your best interest to let your opponent believe they have the better hand, they will then bet up the pot.

However, a poker player with a bad hand who is good at bluffing might be able to convince their opponent to fold, therefore winning the hand with poorer cards. The bluffing skill works well during online as well as off line play; however, online play has its own opportunities for poker players. Many times, while playing online, other players are more willing to share secrets of play with you. Use this to your best advantage, ask questions of them, they will usually tell you why they did or did not make a certain play during a hand. After all, they are, most likely not going to be playing against you in person.

If you explain that you are new to the sport, most poker players will not mind teaching you. Another skill that poker players must develop is being able to pick up on opponents tells, while hiding their own. Most players are not going to be as obvious as to jump up and down when they are dealt a great hand, but maybe the look up at the ceiling or begin to tap their toes. Being able to pick up on these little gestures will help you to play more effectively against them. However, just as important, never forget that while you are watching your opponents, they are watching you also. Some poker players engage in idol chitchat while playing a hand. This can be very distracting if you are not one of the people who can do this and still concentrate. The reason for this talking is easy to understand, it is an effective way to throw off the concentration of a table. If you are to be a successful poker player, you will need to learn either to block this out, or to use it to your advantage.


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