Secrets may be a bit of a stretch. There are few secrets left out there that are not already pasted in books, websites or videos. Tips and strategies are abundant and here are some of our favorites:
• Frustration kills – One of the first things you need to overcome is frustration, if the cards just aren’t coming your way. You can easily tip your hand if you don’t have your wits about you. Take a break and walk around the casino or hall for a few, get some fresh air or if things are really out of line – quit playing for the day.
• At all costs, hold the poker face – Bluffing became the most important tool a player has to use very early in this game’s existence. Never let them see you sweat. In fact, never let them see or know anything in your expressions. You probably will never be dealt a Royal Flush, but if it ever does happen, keep your eyes the same size and your mouth closed, just like normal. Some players wear sunglasses at the table to help their poker face.
• Learn to read the four general types of players: Loose and Passive – Easiest to beat. Generally they will only bet or raise you when they have a good hand. The rest of the game they will only “call” and almost never bluff. Loose and Aggressive – Most of them are not very successful. They commonly go too far and are not easily bluffed. They create a lot of action at the table which can be a good thing, but their aggressive style occasionally will wreak havoc on a game. Tight and Passive – Also easy to read due to the high bets placed when they hold a strong hand. Watch their bets because that is a sure giveaway. Tight and Aggressive – A good, winning approach to poker, avoid a confrontation with this type. Their moves can be predictable and bluffs work well with them.
• Put in as much money as you can when you are ahead, and as little as possible when behind.
• Always balance your risk against your rewards.
• Avoid situations where the amount you lose will interfere with how you play. Decide ahead of time how much money to bring, and how much you can afford to lose.
• Pay attention to cards available for view. At first it is enough just to concentrate on your own cards and play your game. Once you have that mastered, it’s time to look around at cards and read the other players.
• Don’t stay in the game just because you already have made a lot of bets. If you aren’t confident in your cards, get out of Dodge.
• It isn’t against the law to fold. Beginners are known to stay in games too long. You want to play poker for an extended time, so don’t be afraid to fold more often.