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Playing Poker to Win

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One day I was walking down the street and asking people: “Does success in poker depend only on the cards?”
It's strange, but most people think that it does (about 70% told me they positively believe it is the luck of the cards). I disagree with that. There is a lot more to the game of poker. Those that believe it is solely luck are making a big mistake.

These are the areas that I believe most people make their mistakes in.

Reading books
While reading is a great way to learn about the game, different styles of play, mathematics, pot odds, implied odds, tells, and how to set up your own method of keeping track of your play, keep in mind that each hand of poker is played by people. Everything changes in an instant. The way you played a particular hand last week may not be the best way to play in a game right now. You have to be able to make decisions based on what’s happening now. A book should be a guideline, not a Bible.

Your emotions
Your emotional state will dictate how clearly you are assessing what is happening while you are playing. Anger has no place at the poker table. If you find yourself unable to clear your thoughts and play each hand rationally, as it should be played, leave. You can always come back at another time and being able to know when it is time to leave means you are in control.

Style of playing
Everyone develops a style of play. Never stop learning. Never stop watching what everyone else is doing, use it as a guideline for your own play but remember to model your game around what works best for you.

Don’t get married to a hand
You may have started with the best hand and the pot could be huge, getting bigger on each street, but when the board plainly shows a flush or a straight or a pair and you are getting raised and re-raised with multiple callers, you need to reevaluate your hand and position. Remember that winning at poker is not in the number of pots you win but in the number of bets you save. Give up a hand if you are clearly beat.

Fold your Hand When You Could Have Checked
There are two reasons to hold your hand and check unless you are facing a bet. The first and main one is that if you fold when it is checked to you because you don’t have anything, you are giving your opponents information on your play. They know if you check, you have something, if not you will throw your hand away. The second is that it is important to give other players in the hand protection. If it is three way action, and you are first or second to act, and it is checked to you and you fold, you have now put another player in jeopardy of facing a bet/bluff.

Don't show your cards if it is unnecessary
Anytime you show your cards, you are giving your opponents information on your play. Unless you have to show your hand to win the pot, never turn your hand up – with one exception. Showing a bluff is good for the game…it will put some players on tilt when they find out you bluffed them.

Throwing a winning hand into the muck
Remember, the dealer declares the winner of hand. If someone calls out a better hand, turn your cards face up. Cards speak. The dealer will read your hand and declare a winner.

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