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74 Ways to Win at Poker – The Grinder Manifesto

  1.  Be the aggressor

Each time you bet or raise you give the opposition a chance to fold, in which case you win the pot. When you just check or call, they can’t fold. Your profit goes down.

  1.  Play your game

There are many profitable styles in poker. Playing in your own personal style will increase your winnings.

  1.  Take the dog for a walk

There’s a life outside of poker. If you take care of your life, your poker will be sharper and you’ll win more…

  1.  Use stopping rules

It may be wrong according to theory, but pre-defined rules for when to leave a game have worked miracles for many players before you. It’s a guiding hand for the times when you’re tired and weary.

  1.  Think poker

In between games you can spend a lot of time thinking about your calls and folds and bluffs.  The more you think about poker, the better you get. The better you get, the more you win.

  1.  Get a poker bonus

Playing to clear a poker bonus is a way to get some of the rake back. A good bonus always adds cash to your bottom line.

  1.  Don’t play too high

If each pot bet makes your nose bleed, you’ll be scared and play cautiously. Opponents with fatter wallets will exploit you. When you get exploited, your profit goes down.

  1.  Don’t play too low

If losing big pots doesn’t make you feel bad, you’ll be calling too much. When you call too much, your profit goes down. Find stakes that match your risk advertence.

  1.  Keep your cool

No matter what happens, keep a straight face. Losing your temper decreases your profit.

  1.  Take notes of your opponents

If that guy in seat five re-raised you with AJ five years ago, use it against him when he does it again. A quick check in your notes and you can come over the top of him.

  1.  Be honest about your mistakes

Making excuses for your bad plays is a fail-safe way to never improve your poker. If you see a mistake for what it is only once, you’ll be able to avoid it forever.

  1.  Practice a lot

In practice, good decisions often come down to intuition, or gut feeling. The only way of perfecting this “system” is to train it. Only by playing thousands of hands can you move your decision making from brain to backbone.

  1.  Play your position

Acting last is a valuable advantage. You control the information and can always adjust to the opponent’s actions. Every time you play a hand in position, you increase your profit.

  1.  Do the opposite to your opponents

When they’re crazy, slow down. When they slow down, go crazy. Poker is like a game of roshambo – when they go with rock, chose paper. When they chose paper, go with scissors.

  1.  Don’t play tired

You need to concentrate on the game. When you’re tired, concentration goes down. Your profit goes down with it.

  1.  Learn to quit

When you’re playing poorly, don’t hang in there. Stand up, get on with your life, save yourself some money. Good quitting skills are a key to profitable poker.

  1.  Chose a good site

You play better when you feel comfortable. When you play better, you win more. Change site if you feel uncomfortable.

  1.  Don’t play drunk

Poker is a game of rational decisions. When you’re drunk, rationality goes out the door. Your profit goes out with it.

  1.  Choose your starting hands well

Some starting hands are more valuable than others. If your average starting hand is a little better than your opponent’s, how could you not win in the long run!

  1.  Don’t play from the blinds

When you play out of the blinds, you have bad position by definition. Avoid it, even though you have already put in a few chips in the pot. Exception: it’s profitable to play from the big blind against the small blind. Then you act last.

  1.  Be creative in position

Playing speculative hands like 76 can be profitable if stacks are deep. But save those stunts for when you’re in late position. Being creative out of position can get very costly.

  1.  Read good books

Reading is the key to learning. While practicing is essential, reading speeds up your learning curve. For every good book you read, your profit goes up.

  1.  Talk about poker

Many pros tell us their poker education came from discussing poker with their buddies. Every time you discuss a play you’ve made or a theoretic concept, you improve the way you think about poker. When you think better, you earn more.

  1.  Choose tables well

Your poker profits come from other players’ mistakes.  Don’t sit down with people who play flawless poker. If they’re really nice people, buy them dinner instead. It’s much cheaper.

  1.  Sit after the bully

If you choose to play with the bully at all (see above), take a seat on his left. That way you have position on him, and you get to choose which hands to play against his constant aggression.

  1.  Don’t move up when losing

If you’ve lost a few buy-ins, upping the stakes to win back your cash is a very effective loser. Actually, stepping down and turning the downward trend is the smart way.

  1.  Analyze your hands

Don’t just play, play, play. Take a minute now and then to look back at hands you’ve played, try to understand what went wrong and what you did right. Discuss them with your pals. Hand analysis improves your win rate.

  1.  Take notes during live games

Some people may have perfect memories, but you’re not Stu Ungar. A short note about a situation in the game is good for your post game analysis.

  1.  Study your poker stats

By looking at statistics you can discover patterns in your game that are not clear from looking at individual hands. “Oops, AJ in early position costs me on average $5. ” Just don’t let stats cloud your judgment in a game situation.

  1.  Use statistics software

A software tool that imports all your hand histories and sets up huge tables is an awesome aid for your analytic brain. It helps you get a bird’s perspective of your game (and others’).

  1.  Find the overlay

If a tournament with guaranteed prize pool doesn’t fill up, you win your share of the overlay by just registering (in the long run, that is.)

  1.  Look out for added value

At any given point in time, there’s always some poker site or poker room that provides free cash in an attempt to attract players. Don’t be too proud to accept a little bribe.

  1.  Watch poker on TV

Like it or not, but those pros in the televised poker shows are brilliant poker players. You don’t even know what you can pick up from them before you picked it up.

  1.  Watch poker TV with no sound on

When you filter out the babble, things get clearer. Now you notice their faces, now you can read their body language. Silence frees your brain’s processor power for analysis. Analysis means cash on your account.

  1.  Watch a poker show repeatedly

The second time you watch the same poker show, you’ll pick up new insights. And the third time. And the fourth time. Every time you pick up new insights, you boost your expectation.

  1.  Play in many rooms

Each online poker room has its pros and cons. By moving between poker rooms you can suck the best out of each individual poker room.

  1.  Play with the right people

One guy drives you crazy just by being himself. Another guy constantly outplays you. Stay away from both; they will destroy your bottom line.

  1.  Exploit your table image

If people think you never bluff, bluff a lot. If they think you always bluff, bet only winners. By exploiting your table image you use deception deceptive. By using deception, you increase your winnings.

  1.  Study body language

You’ll never know for sure what cards the opponents are holding. But if you can read people like open books, their cards become irrelevant. That’s a very profitable way to play cards.

  1.  Train your poker face

Most of the time nothing exciting happens, then all of a sudden you’re in a blazing hot spot with a super hard decision to make. It mustn’t show in your face.

  1.  Deep-freeze your betting pattern

Always use the same movements when placing a bet. Be a machine, disconnect any emotions you may have, perform the movement like a dance choreography.

  1.  Get a blog

A poker blog is a perfect place to communicate your poker experience with other people. Communication is an interactive way of thinking. Thinking improves your game.

  1.  Get the rake back

Every percent of the rake that you can get in return from the poker site is extra stuffing in your bankroll cushion. Browse the web for poker sites that offer rakeback deals.

  1.  Read your opponents

Things happen all the time around a poker table. Every little event influences the opponents. Keep a close eye on them and you’ll be able to draw your conclusions.

  1.  Exploit other people’s weaknesses

It’s not as bad as it sounds, as long as it stays inside the game. One player is too tight, one is too loose. Use it against them by using that information and adjusting the way you play against them.

  1.  Don’t ever go on tilt

First of all it’s not a nice experience. Second, it ruins your game completely and can get very expensive. On the other hand, having opponents think that you’re on tilt can be pretty profitable.

  1.  Cool off in sit and gos

If you get in a state and feel the tilt closing in on you, quit your deep stack cash game and go to the sit and gos. Here you can let off steam by playing lots and lots of hands at a fixed price. Damage control.

  1.  Don’t make it personal

Opponents will try to provoke you to get at your chips. Realize it’s never personal; and don’t take it personally. If you make it personal, your decisions will be based on factors outside of the game. They become irrational.

  1.  Avoid unlikeable people

If there’s an opponent you just can’t stand, chances are that factor will take over your focus and disturb your game. When your game is disturbed, you’ll win less.

  1.  Learn rare games

While everybody excels in holdem, they’re much weaker in other games. Weak opponents are your safest way to poker profits.

  1.  Improve your focus

Meditation and similar methods can improve your ability to focus. When you’re more focused, you win more.

  1.  Increase your stamina

When a poker tournament drags out into the late night hours, players get tired. If you can be a little less tired, you’ll have an extra edge. Every extra edge is money in your account.

  1.  Watch the news

If you can follow the discussion at the table, you’ll be more comfortable. When you’re comfortable, you play better. When you play better, you win more. By just watching the news.

  1.  Do the math

You don’t have to be a math whiz processing endless calculations in a split second at the table. But by understanding basic poker math you can build your poker decisions on stable ground.

  1.  Train your powers of calculation

The kind of math you’ll need when seated at the poker table is pretty straight forward, but it takes practice. Carry out the standard calculations many times and you’ll win an extra big blind for each time.

  1.  Study probabilities

If you have a feeling for the probabilities that govern common poker situations, you can carry out on-the-fly pot odds estimations in the midst of the fierce poker battle. Money in your pocket!

  1.  Treat your partner well

Again, feeling good – and being good – increases your power at the poker table. A minute invested in your partner is an added big blind in your poker bankroll.

  1.  Multi table wisely

When you play several tables, your profit on each individual table goes down a bit. But as long as your total hourly rate goes up, you can open up additional tables and increase your profit.

  1.  Apply bankroll requirements

Even if you’re a winner, you’ll have some swings. If your bankroll is too small, these swings can put you out of the game. If you cannot play, you cannot win.

  1.  Try new games

By trying out unknown poker variations you’ll learn new things about your old favorite game. Every time you learn something new, you increase your win rate.

  1.  Learn to fold

Folding can be very hard. But don’t call just because you’re curious. The expected value of folding is zero, meaning you cannot lose. When you cut your losses, your profit goes up.

  1.  A dollar saved is two dollars won

Saving money has been a sure-fire way to build profits since shortly before the pyramids were built. Don’t throw good money after bad money. If you can’t win the pot, don’t feed it your chips.

  1.  Get used to bluffing

Bluffing shouldn’t be a super exciting adventure that makes you hold your breath. Bluffing with the proper frequency should be standard procedure and as natural as breathing. When you can bluff without really noticing, you’ll win more.

  1.  Don’t bluff calling stations

If there’s a player at the table who cannot fold, don’t try to bluff her. Instead you may bet your good hands harder against her and expect to be paid off.

  1.  Don’t get fancy against the un-fancy

Creative moves and third-level thinking won’t work on opponents who simply don’t understand the concepts. If the opponent plays ABC poker, play ABCD.

  1.  Understand your table image

The way people perceive you dictates how they play against you. If you understand how people perceive you, you can predict their play. If you can predict your opponents’ plays, you’ll win more.

  1.  Throw a party

Poker’s is not your whole life. Kill the laptop once in a while and enjoy life. Enjoying life will make you feel much better about your poker. Feeling good ignites inspiration and drives cash into your pocket.

  1.  Live right

According to an old saying in poker, in order to get lucky you need to live right. If you can figure out what that means, you definitely deserve to win more.

  1.  Keep the distance

Remember it’s just a game. Don’t take it too seriously or you might wake up one day realizing that “poker is no fun anymore.” If it’s not funny, you could just as well put in a few extra hours in your boring job.

  1.  Screw the odds

Avoid being obsessive about those numbers. They are important, but it’s also important to let your intuition loose. So once you understand the odds, stop thinking about them.

  1.  Prepare for failure

Thanks to the unpredictable fall of the cards, you cannot avoid failing time and time again. To be a winner you must be able to handle repeated disappointments with equanimity.

  1.  Play higher

If you can move up in stakes without losing your edge, you’ll earn more money. Of course, if you move up and start losing, you can lose very fast. Also, remember your bankroll requirements.

  1.  Say goodbye to politics

Politics takes too much time. If instead you play more poker, you will get better. Also, having been a poker player effectively closes all political doors.

  1.  Quit your day job

Work takes so much time. By playing more you improve your game. When your game gets better you win more. And you’d better, now that you’ve quit your day job.

 


adminJuly 11, 2018
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The other reason is that such tournaments rarely see all-in pots owing to the large stack and smaller blinds. Hence, betting must be done carefully because mistakes can cost you greatly. Here’s a little peek into some strategies that you can use to play and sustain in deep-stack poker tournaments.

Read your opponent

After playing a few hands, it will be easier for you to get a read on your opponents and understand their game play. With aggressive players, it’s a good technique to be counter aggressive. Playing offensively when you have strong cards and making strong bets (4-bets) will work in your favour. Just be careful not to limp into a hand and fold in the end if your opponent gets equally offensive.

This strategy works better against weak players. The stronger you come on, the more times they are forced to make difficult decisions. If they can’t get a read on you, it causes them to fold most of the time. Observe your opponent and then decide how you want to play him.

Pre-flop betting

Once you have a good idea of your opponent’s playing style, it is easier to place pre-flop bets that give you higher implied odds and hence more chances of winning. If you know that your opponent usually bets small with marginal hands, then you can easily call a pre-flop 3-bet with good yet marginal cards such as suited connectors, gappers, suited aces with high cards, etc.

These hands are best played in position. The reason why such hands can be played in a deep stack tournament is, owing to the size of the stacks and your high implied odds, it becomes beneficial to see the flop. Hence, calling 3-bets or marginal bets pre-flop and going to the flop can prove to be profitable.

Don’t back yourself into a difficult spot pre-flop.

When playing with smaller stacks, aggressive players will go all-in pre-flop on higher cards such as QQ, KK or even pocket 10s. However, when you are playing deep stack, you should be a little more careful.

If you have 4-bet pre-flop with QQ and your opponent 5-bets you, then you must rethink your move. In a deep stack tournament, you have twice as much to lose just as you have twice as much to win. If you have risked your stack, then know that your opponent has done the same and hence he too must be playing on a tighter range. Do not fall for the play in such cases. Backing yourself into a difficult spot will cause you a lot of loss.

Look at the pot

It is important to control the pot when you are playing deep stacks. It’s best to play cautious with hands such as top pairs or two pairs, because as mentioned above, you have a lot more to lose. It’s best to check at such times or fold if there are cards that may give your opponent more draws.

It is a good idea to control the pot. Do not invest too much defending a weaker hand by calling your opponent’s bets. Checking or folding is the way to go. The more you put into the pot on weak cards, the more you stand to lose.

Bluffing

Players automatically tend to bluff lesser when the stacks are deep. If the bluff goes well, then it is very profitable. But if you find an opponent with a made hand who is willing to call your bluff or a calling station who got lucky, then things can go south pretty fast.

Think about it this way. Suppose you check on the turn after calling post-flop and sensing it as weakness your opponent goes all-in on the river. There’s a good chance he may be bluffing but if the pot is big, then are you willing to risk something like 100 or 150 BBs to find out? If you want to bluff, make sure your opponent is a tight player, put him on a tight range of hands and observe how he bets, and if he calls or raises then fold out instead of losing more of your stack.

Using opponent’s weakness as an advantage

One of the ways to play your opponent is to use aggression to take advantage of his weakness. Aggression does not mean going all-in. If you get called or make a mistimed move, then you’d have made a very expensive mistake.

Try something effective yet careful, like bluffing pre and post flop. If you bet heavy pre-flop and follow it up with a c-bet then there are higher chances that your opponent will fold. This is because like you, your opponent is also thinking about all the possibilities.

Deep stack poker tournaments are fun to play. They go on for longer and the strategies are just as important as the game play. They are not like the regular small games because there is a lot at stake here. If you play your cards right, then you stand to win a lot.


adminJune 14, 2016
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C-betting means raising pre-flop and then betting post-flop instead of checking. It should not be used very often, and in the right place at the right time. In this article, we explain some of the basics of continuation betting. Like when you should use it, and when you shouldn’t.

When is c-betting good?

Now let’s see scenarios when you should use c-betting because you can get away with it, either profitably or without much loss.

On a dry flop

A dry flop is the best time to c-bet, especially with high cards, because there is very low possibility of your opponent hitting something. A dry flop is one where the cards are not connected or close for a straight draw, or of the same suit to give your opponent a flush draw. Usually, it is one high card with two low cards, like Kd, 3s, 8h. It’s unlikely to get a raise on such a board. If your opponent is just calling your bets, then chances are they will fold if your c-betting looks like you’ve hit a higher pair.

In position

When you are playing in position, you have the advantage of observing your opponents’ betting patterns. This helps you make better betting decisions. If you are playing against a tricky opponent who calls you more often, then playing out of position will prove disadvantageous. If you keep raising pre-flop and then folding bets post flop or on the turn, your opponents will take advantage of this. They will raise on the board and take your money. Hence, c-betting is always more profitable and effective in position.

Against fewer players

The more players that are in the hand, the more are the chances of you losing. Use c-betting only when you have one or two callers, not more. A c-bet is a mini bluff, which gives you the advantage of having most opponents with smaller cards fold out owing to your raise. If there are more players in the hand, there are greater chances of your bets being called. In such a case, read the board, see what your opponents are making and if you don’t hit anything, just fold.

When should c-betting be avoided?

Now let’s take a look at the scenarios when you should NOT c-bet.

Against calling stations

Calling stations are one of the most dangerous kinds of opponents to have. They have absolutely no strategy, and play all hands and call all bets. Most of the time, they get lucky, much to the disdain of serious players. If you find yourself up against a calling station, then do not keep betting if you have totally missed the flop. Chances are the donk is playing on cards that are fold-worthy, and luckily hits something.

Wet boards

Boards that have connectors or close cards or suited cards are not good for c-betting (at least high). Especially ones with middle cards because pre-flop calls with middle-value connectors are not as uncommon as you’d like. Flops that almost always give your opponent a strong hand are called wet flops. If you haven’t hit anything here, just check or fold. Don’t lose more money. Observe the board and your opponent’s betting pattern and then make a decision.

Don’t make it a habit

C-betting all hands is not a good idea because it makes you predictable and decipherable. Once your opponent knows that this is your regular betting pattern, he will call you whenever he has something close to strong cards or a drawing hand. So don’t make it a theme. Just like bluffing, keep it for times when you desperately need to recover your stack or have something strong enough.

Continuation betting needs a strategy. These were just some of the basics. Do a little more research, play a little more poker and you will get a better hang of how to use it during game play. Remember that it is finally subjective; although there’s data available, at that moment it is you who needs to make the decision. Ensure that you are prepared.


adminMay 30, 2016
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Poker Night

And so we bring to you this article on how to host the perfect poker night; one that your guests will remember for a long time, and will keep them coming back for more. Trust us, it is always better to know what you’re getting into when you decide on such an activity. You don’t want people to leave disappointed and give you the tag of “that guy/girl who hosted that boring “poker” party last time!”

So here we go. The following are some tips to keep in mind when you decide to host a poker home game.

Gotta get them right peeps

You can’t host a poker night without a group. Selecting the right bunch from among your friends is paramount. You CANNOT call over a guy who just got dumped and the guy with whom his girlfriend ran off to the same party. Or that shopaholic friend who always gets a better discount at that brand store than that other shopaholic friend you were gonna call too.

Make sure your group is tolerant of each other and can get along amicably. You do not want awkward altercations or hostile situations at your poker home game. Think about all this and then make a list. And don’t forget, they should have some idea or at least an interest in poker!

It’s a date!

Decide on a date that is suitable to most, if not all, of your intended guests. This is real life, so chances that everyone can make it are lesser than you’d hope. Ask everyone to RSVP your invite so that you can get a head count and then decide whether to bring in replacements. Ask your group to get their pallys too. The more, the merrier.

Also check that it isn’t cricket season, football season or year ending season (for accountants). Make sure that your family can make other plans on that day if you don’t have a separate game room where you can lock yourselves and play. Hence, exam season is also a big no.

Nuts (and bolts!)

To host a poker game, you need to get the basic gear ready. First off, chips (not to eat) and card decks. Please avoid the cheap plastic chips that are, well, cheap. They break. And don’t give a nice impression. Best to order a chip-set online; it’ll come with 2 card decks and dealer button. Then you’re all set on that front.

And now for the table. We agree that getting the whole “green felt with cup holders” and all can be a bit much for casual, fun home games. Turn any big-enough table in your home into a makeshift poker table for the evening. Or get a table top. Perfect props are not needed as long as you have the essentials.

Snacker-doodles

One syllable foods are the best for a poker game. Two syllables, maybe, but nothing elaborate. Chips, dips, nachos, fries, you get the gist. When hosting a poker game, it’s always polite to keep something for your guests to snack on.

As for drinks, ask your guests to bring their favourite bottles or the ingredients for a cocktail. Also make sure that you have something for the designated drivers. Ask your guests to preferably carpool, especially the ones who are planning to drink later.

Who’s the boss?

Make a set of games rules beforehand. This includes etiquettes, bathroom and refreshment breaks, food and drinks on the table, talking during the game and other things like game play, blinds, buy-ins, etc.

Make sure that your players know the rules; keep a reasonable buy-in; ensure that the game is clear to everyone. You don’t want arguments later, or rather, drunk arguments. Make a rule stating when bathroom and food breaks are to be taken, and forbid all players from going near the table or touching the cards and chips at that time. Also, keep a deadline for the game. Because sometimes, some people just don’t want to leave.

Harmon(ies)

Music is the door to every soul. Or, a nice background score for a poker game. It also serves as a great distraction for players sitting out of the hand. Direct them to the CDs and let them go wild choosing what they want to play. It also adds a soothing effect to an otherwise tense game. Play some calming music in the background. And, um, avoid death metal.

He called!

It’s always a good practice to call your guests the next day and follow up. Just in case there was some unfortunate friction, especially, then you do not want resentful guests, right? And even otherwise, calling gives the impression that you’re a caring host. So why not make a lasting impression.

Hosting a poker home game at your place takes some amount of planning on your part. It isn’t that difficult though. Just keep the abovementioned tips in mind and be remembered for the rocking poker parties that you throw.


adminMay 13, 2016
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Elements of PokerThe Elements of Poker is considered as one of the best books ever written, that draws parallels between life lessons and poker. It isn’t actually about the elements of poker. It’s is about the author’s reminisces about his life. How he lived it, the mistakes he made, what he did right. He then applies these lessons to poker. The book talks about how to live the game, not merely play it; and how to handle it, preventing it from consuming your life in an adverse way.


adminMay 10, 2016
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The Theory of Poker – David SklanskyThe Theory of Poker is considered by many as THE book of poker strategy. It contains all the fundamentals of poker strategies and how to use them. Although it isn’t a very engaging read for new players, it is of great help to experienced players because of the advanced knowledge that it contains.

It gives information about various scenarios that can occur during a poker game and what to do in these situations. It basically talks about how to play the game. If you want to know anything about poker, then this is the book to go to.


adminMay 10, 2016
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Poker_Tales_Mike_CaroMike Caro is one of the forerunners when it comes to poker strategy. He has authored many reports and published many articles on the same over the years. So when he writes a book about poker tells, we need to sit up and take notice.

The Body Language of Poker talks about poker tells like facial movements, physical movements, voice inflections, posture, eye movement, breathing, etc. He wrote the original book in 1994, which was updated 10 years later with more examples and information, courtesy of further research. The book was very ahead and a first for its time, and that added to its immense popularity. This can be called as a classic, and is the best book to refer to for poker tells and how to identify them.


adminMay 10, 2016
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Gus_Hansen_Every_Hand_RevealedThis book was taken notice of by many not only because of the vast information that it contains, but also because it is written by Gus Hansen, one of the most talented poker players around. It is meant primarily for No Limit Hold’em tournament players.

Hansen wrote this book when he was at the peak of his poker career, riding high on the success of his third World Poker Tour win. Every Hand Revealed is an unconventional book from an unconventional player. Hansen keeps a note of every hand that he played at the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event. What’s more, he went on to win that event and the prize money of $1,500,000.

This book will give you a rare insight into the mind of a winning poker player, and keep you glued with its to-the-point, sharp writing and valuable knowledge.


adminApril 28, 2016
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Poker, a card game was developed during the 19th century. Since then, the game has gained extreme popularity in almost every part of the world. At first, it was just a recreational activity that included a small group of enthusiastic people, whereas, now if we glance at the game, poker is famous in the areas of both the participants and audience, due to the professional players and prizes won in millions.

No Tom, Dick, and Harry can just enter the poker zone and win this big game. After all, it’s a game of skills, observation, and math. Yes, math. One has to keep calculating to make better decisions during the gameplay. You can plan strategies and use some basic instincts, but what will help you to survive in the game or rather win it, are the RULES. Every sport has its rules set. Same way, understand and follow the Poker rules, and … game on! C’mon, as it is, you are playing poker game for fun, so why not take some real efforts to win or grab some real money?

Poker game has some variations that are generally used in the hand-ranking hierarchy. The protocol to be followed for these variations is implemented during the card dealing and betting time, i.e., Straight, Stud Poker, Draw Poker, and Community Card Poker.

Poker is a title or a name given to a wide variety of card games, where the hands shine depending on the number of cards you are dealing. Starpoker.in brings you a list of rules to play poker. Texas Hold’em has a good variation, and is famous community card poker game. Let’s take a look.

High Card

The high card hands are depicted by one or two highest cards in hands. If two plus players have high card hands, then the winner is decided on the basis of the second-highest card.

A Single Pair

Two cards should be of the same rank. Pair of Ace is considered as the highest pair. But, if there are 2 to 3 players having same pair, then the winner is decided on the basis of the highest of three remaining cards.

Two Pair

A poker hand that contains two cards with same rank, and two cards with other rank is Two Pair Poker hand. If two or more players are having the same two pair, then the fifth card decides the winner.

Three of a Kind

This means three cards of the same rank, for example – three Aces. As mentioned previously, if 2 or more players have the same kind of cards, then winners are decided by the two remaining cards.

Straight

A straight has five sequential card ranks. A straight can beat three of a kind. Two straights having same high card are considered of equal value. Remember, suits are not used to separate them.

Flush

In flush, all cards belong to the same suit. If two or more players share a same flush, then the highest ranking of each card is compared to decide the winner.

Full House

A full house is a poker combination of two hands with same three cards. Here, the hand of best three of a kind, wins. If two players have same cards, then the player having best pair, wins.

Four of a Kind

Also known as ‘Quads’; four of a kind contains all four cards of 1 rank, plus other card. Here, cards with low rank defeat the high rank cards. In Texas Hold’em, it is quite possible that two of more players have same Quad. In this example, the unmatched/different card is a kicker.

Royal Straight Flush

In straight flush hand, there are five cards in a sequence of same suit. The aces can be either high or low. An ace-high straight flush is considered as Royal Flush. This is a standard poker hand.

In poker, the players make hands with the help of the above-mentioned rules. This hand-ranking system is standard between all the variants of the poker game. These poker rules help a poker player become the strongest from the weakest.  So, ante up for poker and enjoy the gameplay. Cheers!


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Tilt in poker is a famous term. If a poker player is a victim of a bad beat, it means he is going on tilt. A tilt is when you play poorly, implement bad strategies, and your frustration and emotions take over your ability to play good. Let me tell you, bad beat is not just the only reason that sets you on tilt, you may go on tilt even if you don’t get a good pocket hand for longer period, ‘coz then you start playing any rag hand blindly.

Following are a few examples of tilt in poker-

  • You play bad and later on you realize the mistake.
  • Fold during a large bet just to because the opponent to turn a weak hand.
  • Instead of folding to an all-in, you click call at online poker.
  • You are bluffed by small bet.
  • Lose at all-in showdown, when you have a good hand at pre-flop.

Many players have problem while dealing with tilt. The biggest problem they encounter is by getting emotionally involved in the game. Tilt increases the possibility of wrong decision-making when playing. Let’s go through some pointers on how to kill tilt forever.

Following are a few examples to kill tilt forever-

  • Read a poker book or surf some poker videos.
  • Learn a lesson from each losing hand.
  • Take a break and come back with clear head.
  • Don’t take tilt personally.

An excerpt of how you can get rid of tilt in poker successfully-

Play for Less Hours and Early

First of all, I would like to suggest players to play early morning and for less hours. Our brains function better in the morning, hence, there is very less scope for mistakes. Grab a cuppa coffee and join a poker room. Can you sit at a stretch for 12 hours on your laptop or PC? Not at all. Your brain will be fatigued, and you will be more prone on making mistakes. Take a few breaks and reduce your playing time guys. I’m sure, you will perform good and get rid of tilt.

Knowledge is the Best Weapon

While playing online poker, a player won’t realize a tilt unless he understands it. For example- if you have bad pocket hands, and still you re-raise with a false hope to grab the big pot; this is tilt. Secondly, if you check a hand, knowing that is worth with the fear of losing chips; dude you are on a tilt. To kill the tilt, you should make use of your poker knowledge. When you are about to make any of such mistakes, it should click you immediately. Stop yourself and know where you are going wrong. After all, knowledge is the key to success.

Stop Being Emotional

If you are a professional online poker player, you must be able to know the ups and downs of the game. know when to start and when to stop. Even, as a recreational poker player you should know what affects the mental stability. Understand where the game is going. There are players who ignore each bits of the emotional instability and never come out of tilt. It’s better to quit rather than cribbing over the emotions and affecting your game. Give yourself a chance to correct yourself.

So, these were some mantras to kill tilt forever. As mentioned above, successful poker players have the capability to kickoff tilt. It is dangerous to go on tilt while playing any limit or no-limit hold’em poker. In such games your chips are at stake for any given hand. Money saved is money earned! Saving yourself from losing will save your money too. Take out the tilt factor forever from your mind and brain, and focus, use your knowledge and skills. To play any online poker tournament, a player needs stamina and self-control. And, to succeed at poker, you need great physical and mental health! Stop tilting. Start playing!



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