As a beginner of any game, the rule is to always master the basics – that is your foundation. Same applies with poker. Once you’re done with the basics, you will naturally want to improve your game. In time, you will develop your own strategy as experience will prove to be valuable.
Here are several great tips Poker newbies will find helpful:
Exercise good judgment while playing. You should be on look out if your hand to play is good or not. Likewise, you should also know when to play your hand or not. Know when a good opportunity comes and grab it. Balance your patience and aggressiveness. Both are essential in a strategy game, such as poker. You should not be too eager to make decisions without thinking twice, but you should also avoid waiting too long or you risk being left behind.
Observe other players from time to time. Body language and their play while on the game. What did you notice? What did they do? What you know about them (that they obviously don’t know) can put you in great advantage against them. Because from them, you can adopt a new play or strategy for the win. For example if you knew what the next player would do before you, you can adjust your game plan for your advantage.
Note the cards already played on the table. Doing so gets you up to date on what’s going on with the current game. You’ll know which card is already done and which card is yet to come. Before calling out on your opponents, pay attention to the folded ones and be on the look out for possible hands.
Play as cool as you can. As much as possible, don’t give your opponents any clue as to what your standing is. People can guess this through facial or verbal expression. A slight change can give them an idea on what you’re up to.
Play with good mood. In a strategy game like poker, one must have a good playing mood. Excellent focus and attention is also important. You should not lose focus while playing even if it does not look good. You’ll never know when a good attitude can turn things around. A good attitude can also influence your thinking and decision, therefore affecting your game.
Let me emphasize that, you should not, and never, play if you’re emotionally not feeling well. For example, playing if you’re depressed or mad is already a bad start. You will definitely lose focus on your strategy. And instead of focusing on the game, you end up focusing on your emotions, Be aware that your opponents will quickly notice that.