What type of poker player are you?

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When you sit down at a poker table in a casino, chances are you have never seen any of those players before. So what do you know about them? Absolutely nothing. Or do you?

It’s natural to stereotype players who we know nothing about. If you know nothing about them, you immediate look at their appearance. Are they male or female? Young or old? What are they wearing? Are they in a suit, or do they have a hoodie and sunglasses on? Are they wearing sponsored poker apparel? Do they have expensive jewelry on? Are they ranting like Phil Hellmuth or running their mouth like Mike Matusow? Are the completely silent? Drinking? Flirting with the cocktail waitress?

Like it or not, you are being judged by the other players in the same way. For instance, if you’re a young, attractive woman, chances are that you can bluff more often and get guys to fold, simply because women in poker are sometimes stereotyped as weak and predictable.

In order to improve your game, it is important that you understand what type of poker player you are and what type of players your opponents are. If you know how others view you at the table, you can use this information to your advantage. Poker player types fall into four basic categories. Which one are you? Better yet, which one are you most of the time? Continue reading What type of poker player are you?

The Top 30 Poker blogs

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Ever since Chris Moneymaker turned $40 into $2.5 million in an epic win at the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 2003, the popularity of no-limit Texas Hold’em poker has skyrocketed.

A number of online poker rooms have thrived in the wake of Moneymaker’s win. Sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt, Ultimate Bet, Bodog, and Party Poker brought in, well, a good deal of rake from amateur players hoping to get a crack at their shot at fame and fortune.

As a result of poker’s televised glory, poker blogs sprung up across the Internet, detailing everything from personal results to rules, strategy, news, tournament and cash game results, tips, poker pros, humor, and online bonuses.

Each poker blog below has it’s own uniqueness, with amateur and expert takes on this worldwide game. Here are the Top 30 poker blogs worth reading: Continue reading The Top 30 Poker blogs

Poker Psychology 101: How to read your opponents

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As a poker player, what super power would you want, if you could have any? Let me guess, you probably want x-ray vision or the ability to read minds, right?

Reading other players at the table means being able to make an educated guess as to what cards they hold in their hand. Different players have different tells, and some almost none at all. Tells are patterns of behavior that reveal information about a player’s intended actions or about their cards.

Tells can be a very difficult thing to pick up on because they are often split-second actions that a player does unknowingly (or knowingly if he wants to trick you). Poker tables can be very distracting, so it is very important you keep your eyes and ears open at all times. Remember, you should try and play everyone else’s cards at the table and not just yours.

Just because you aren’t in the hand doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Keep a mental notebook of every players’ actions, such as their style of betting (how they throw the chips into the pot), how much they bet, what they say (or don’t), where their eyes go, etc. Here are the most common poker tells. Keep in mind that there are always exceptions to every rule. Continue reading Poker Psychology 101: How to read your opponents

The art of all-in: When to push all of your chips into the pot

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Ever since the World Series of Poker became a household name, NL (no-limit) Texas Hold’em has grown in popularity. With the lights, pocket cams, audience and big egos, WSOP has glamorized poker.

When you watch the World Series of Poker, you are watching a highly edited video. Only the biggest pots, bluffs and bad beats are shown. But there is one part of the game that is shown more than any other, the all-in.

If you aren’t familiar with the all-in, it is just like it sounds, it’s when you push all of your chips into the pot. It can be used as a bluff, a way to bully players, or a way to climb your way back to the top.

Going all-in can cause you to quickly double up or a quickly exit from the tournament or cash game. Unless you have the nuts (the best hand), putting all your chips into the pot is always a risky decision. If you want to become a better poker player, you have to learn when and when not to go all-in. Continue reading The art of all-in: When to push all of your chips into the pot

How to Overcome and Avoid Bad Beats

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Have you ever had a bad beat? If you are unsure, a bad beat is any unlucky loss where you are way ahead in a poker hand and end up getting outdrawn.

Sadly it’s an inevitable part of poker. Poker is gambling, and all gambling involves some sort of luck. Even professional poker players get bad beat. As Phil Hellmuth once said, “I guess if there weren’t luck involved, I’d win every time”.

Bad beats can knock you out of a tournament or cause you to lose your last dollar in a cash game. But they don’t have too.

Although it is impossible to avoid bad beats, especially online, there are strategies you can use to avoid them or reduce their impact on you. Continue reading How to Overcome and Avoid Bad Beats

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