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The age old question of why you are not
winning at poker. Let's take it from two main standpoints.
You have just started poker. Have played
a bunch of hands but never made a consistent amount of cash.
2. You have been playing poker for a while.
You've been having swings all over the place. You have
a day when you have made more than ever before, but then
before you know it you have lost it all... again... bust!
So what makes the good players good and
the others... well not so good.
Lack of patience is number one on the list of why
people lose money: Have you ever had a time when you have
just not been hitting all night? Many players find that
the longer they play and don't hit then the less patient
they get. They start to make common mistakes like playing
starting hands that they shouldn't be playing in hope
to hit on the flop. At the same time once they hit something
like the low straight then they will be tempted to call.
If you find that you are not hitting then don't get impatient.
I was soooo unlucky! ! !
Everytime that happens to me I am kind of happy. I know
that as long as I am playing my A-game that in the long
run getting unlucky just wont make the slightest difference,
as there will be times when I get lucky in return. Very
often this trigers the same thing. People go on a kind
of tilt and find themselves losing more.
If you have the straight and you are 80% to win the hand
and find yourself allin, only to get outdrawn by a full
house, don't worry yourself, it will come around again.
1. So you just started, but just can't seem
to make any money. Here are the things that you should
Are you playing the right starting hands! You start playing loose because
you can't be bothered to wait or because mr. C keeps
on stealing your blind and you don't like it and want
to take him on with your 4-5-9-K.
Are you calling with hands that you know you could
be behind but decide to take a risk as he might not
Is your mouse-cursor hovering over the fold button?
You know that you should be folding about 60% of your
hands pre-flop right?
Are you playing in the wrong stakes? If you find that
if you have a strong hand but are frightened to raise
as you think you might be beat (even though statistically
you are more than likely the winner), then you know
you are in the wrong stakes. As well you can tell this
by your bankroll amount. If you have a bankroll of
$200 and are playing $1/2 pot limit tables then you are
definitely in the wrong stakes. Start off at $0.25/0.50
and go from there.
2.So you find that you used to be playing well but now
something has changed!
Examine what has changed of course. You can blame it
on luck for a certain amount of time but it just isn't
that. It's your game-play which has changed for the worse.
Take a step back.
Drop your stakes! Don't be afraid to go back to the beginning.
Yeah it involves more time to earn more $ but hey, better
then losing more of your poker bankroll.
Starting hands.... Are you playing the right ones. I
find that many players that used to be great and go downhill
are starting to play the wrong hands. i.e. K-high flush
starting hand. (You know there is no point to this!)
Also with more experience you realize that sometimes
your 2 pair are good enough to take down a massive pot.
Be really careful.
Following on from the previous point. Start folding more
often when you know you are beat. Yeah your king high
flush is good at times and can make you a lot but just
don't let yourself get into that position where you have
to make tough decisions. Let your opponent make mistakes
and let him have to make those tough choices!
Don't play for too long. Take regular brakes!
been playing all day long and you think you can concentrate
still? Sorry mate, you just can't!
If you are in poker to make money, treat it seriously.
Yes its a game, yes it can be fun, enjoy it! But above
all concentrate on doing everything right, 100% of the
time. You think that the high-rollers in this world make
mistakes? Nope! And if they do it costs them a fortune!
All-in-all ladies and gents it's just a matter of going
back to step one. Most of the time people just get
over-confident with their poker knowledge. They have seen
so many weak hands win huge pots that they believe that
they should be taking down more pots like that. Just chill
out, drop your stakes, and wait for that magic hand that
will double you up. Work from there.
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