Poker is a game of decisions and you will have to make correct decisions to win. Even the best poker players lose at some point, so do not give up when you lose a few hands. You will lose some and win more if you make good decisions. Dont judge your ability to play poker with a few poker hands, but look at your overall results over days, weeks and months.
Poker is basically a mathematical game that offers players incomplete information. Although that might sound a little complicated, it is not. On a basic level, winning a poker hand starts with selecting which starting hands to continue playing with. If you enter the game with a good hand more often than the other players, you are going to win more than they do.
Although the starting hands are very important, it is only one piece of the poker strategy puzzle. After deciding which hands to play with, you will also have to know how to play that good hand, when to raise, when to call and even when to fold — even if you have a good hand. You will have to calculate the odds, recognize the betting patterns of other players, use your position and bluff. All of these needs years of practice.
Dont Become Emotional
Emotions can ruin your game of poker. Some players might try to get on your nerves or use your emotions against you. You should always keep calm and avoid any kind of emotional play. Being emotional will cause you to make bad decisions that are based on emotions rather than numbers. For example, if you are on a losing streak, other players might start to tease you knowing you are already mad because of the losing streak. This could cause you to double your bets because you are angry and trying to make up for the losses. If that happens, you should leave the game to cool off. The game will still be there after a couple of hours and it is going to be there tomorrow. Clear your mind before you can start playing again.
Bluffing is not recommended as it needs years of practice and depends on your ability to maintain a good poker face. Having a good poker face means keeping the same facial expressions regardless of whether you have a good or bad hand, so players will not know when you are bluffing. Bluffing means you will raise the bet or even go all-in while you have a very bad hand. This will cause other players who might have much better hands to fold thinking you have a much better hand. You should not always bluff because, if you do, other players will notice and they are most likely to call your bluff.