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Common Poker Mistakes

If you play poker often enough, you’ll soon learn that there are mistakes people make frequently that make you wonder what planet they were on while playing. I’m going to list the more glaring ones, and if you spot anything you do in this list – stop doing it at once, because all you’re doing is preventing yourself from playing better.

1) Monstering out all the time

Why are you playing so aggressively? It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a table in Vegas or at home on partycasino.com – play a tactical game. You cannot play as a monster constantly, because it just turns you into an easily led player who’ll go all-in and then get slam-dunked into oblivion because while you were upping your bets and taunting people, they were waiting for a hand to take you out with.

2) Playing like it’s your last dime

On the other hand, playing like spending money is going out of fashion just makes you a waste of a seat at the table. Poker is meant to be a tense, exciting dance of tactics, and by bottling up and waiting for the perfect hand, you’re not really going to appeal to the other players, who’ll swiftly begin to try and get rid of you, even if it means risking some of their own chip-pile.

3) Not watching other players

Don’t play like you’re in a vacuum – watching other people is a key part of learning how to outwit them, and if you can’t pay enough attention, you may find that other players watching you will see your moves a mile off, while you’ll wonder where everyone else’s are coming from. Don’t allow your own ignorance to disorientate you. Being surprised and looking worried is the worst possible thing that could happen for you in a game of poker.

These three are some of the more obvious ones, but it’s important to watch your game and play smart. Don’t make the obvious mistakes, and cover up the ones you do make with a smile and some good bluffing. Good luck.

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  1. May 18th, 2012 at 09:08 | #1

    Someday I’ll have to teach you how to play Seven Card Stud.  ; o )

  2. May 18th, 2012 at 09:28 | #2

    Thanks for the offer but I find it too easy.  I played it before another growth cycle helped me move forward.  Come over to the dark split pot side.  Make a man of ya…
    (I wonder why some Luddites can’t do strike-thru here?)

  3. May 18th, 2012 at 12:31 | #3

    Actually, I have been playing mostly Omaha at BCP. Not O8 — just regular Omaha. Last night I was up big when I got two outted on the river by a bigger full house and got one outted on the river when my Aces over 10s full house got conterfeited by quad 10s. Kiss that hundo goombye.

  4. May 18th, 2012 at 13:38 | #4

    I’m like you, Ken, I love the high-low game. Regular Omaha I don’t claim to understand.

  5. May 19th, 2012 at 06:33 | #5

    I had some modest success playing PLO a few years back.  Even low-stakes ring just put too much gamble into the picture.  I didn’t stick to it for long.  But, if you like to chase and like suckouts, it a hummer.  The way PLO is structured there are plenty of situations where the pot odds let you ride along.  That builds some great cooler and heaters if your heart can take it.  It is poker’s walk on the wild side.

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