It’s rare that you’ll run into a poker player who doesn’t want to win; what’s the fun if you don’t want to win? Poker, whether played online or in the casino, can get your adrenaline pumping but it can also be consistently disappointing.
Is it your strategy or do you just have bad luck? Here are a few small and easy changes to consider if you want to have a greater chance at winning than being defeated.
Commit to Winning But Be Humble
While this tip may not be directly related to your strategy, it’s important to think about when playing poker. What kind of player do you want to be? Are you playing night after night for the win, practice, or just for fun?
Getting in a winning frame of mind will help you with your game (think about playing an organized sport), but if you do commit to winning and have a good streak going, be humble. It’s also important that you remember that you might not win, and that’s okay.
Some of the best poker players don’t always end up with the highest poker hand but they don’t let that stop them from playing to win.
Don’t Be Afraid of Change
Changing during your game of poker is much more than becoming a better player. Obviously, as you become a better player (i.e., win more), other players at the table will start paying more attention to how you play. It’s likely that they will also try to figure your “poker personality,” like if you’re tight or loose and passive or aggressive.
If you’re playing with an experienced group of players, it’s only a matter of time before they figure you out so you need to stay ahead of the game. Want to improve your strategy? Don’t be afraid to change it up. Be unpredictable, keep the game interesting.
Go With The Flow
Playing more often will naturally increase your odds of winning, improve your strategy, and become a better poker player overall. Want a chance to play more often? Be the person that people invite to play.
Even if you only have an online presence, you can make a lot of players mad and earn a bad reputation. Be nice to the host, the dealer, and the inexperienced players. Pay attention to the game (to keep it running smoothly), but don’t be the person who takes the fun out of the game by hurrying everyone through their plays.
Never Too Late To Learn
Want specific tips on how to improve your strategy? Do your research. Read, watch videos, talk to players who are better than you. Make more friends than enemies, do more listening and less talking.
Depending on the type of game you play, there are countless “tried and true” tips to improve your strategy, but if you keep these three tips in mind during every game you play, you’re likely to have more wins in no time.