Top 35 Poker Tips


  1. Don’t expect to lose- but plan to.  Because poker is such an imperfect game, there is no absolute way to know the outcome. Be aware that there is always a chance to lose, and never expect to win every time.
  2. Set a budget before you begin  Set a budget before you begin! If by chance, you aren’t already doing this, do it. Hold yourself accountable, and stick to it!
  3. Never play with money needed elsewhere.  If you are playing with money that is necessary to pay bills, stop right now. Never play with money that is needed elsewhere in your life.
  4. Don’t tell a story about a terrible loss.  Other players aren’t really listening anyways, so don’t waste your breath. They are just waiting to one-up you
  5. Don’t play at every hand.  Take a break. It will help mentally refresh you and make sure you are making the best decisions for that particular round.
  6. Smile.  Poker is supposed to be fun. Don’t turn your hobby into a job by not having fun while playing
  7. Don’t play while intoxicated.  This is pretty self explanatory. Better decisions are made when sober.
  8. Chat at the dealer politely  If located outside of Australia, be sure to tip. Otherwise, politely chat at the dealer and be kind. The dealer often gets a lot of resentment, so be friendly.
  9. Don’t play too many hands.  Poker is designed so that the house always has a slight advantage. If you are in an advantageous situation, cash out and leave. If you are not and have been playing for a while, cut your losses and leave. Never forget that poker is always rigged towards the house.
  10. Don’t bluff “just because you can”.  Why place yourself in a situation where you are at a greater chance of losing the money that you are gambling with. Never try to shake another player by trying to hold them honest. All you are doing is risking more of your deposits
  11. Explore Bluffing Techniques. Knowing what to look for, and having the basic psychological principles behind bluffing can be the difference between playing a good hand and a great hand.
  12. Don’t increase bets when you are losing.  No poker player has ever won every single time. Understand that sometimes you must lose. Allow yourself to cut your loses, and never try to win back the amount you lost. It’s supposed to be fun.
  13. Don’t stay in a hand just because of how much you have already placed into it.  Just because you have placed a larger amount of deposits into a game doesn’t mean you must stay. Understand you always have the option of folding, and take advantage of it. Poker is about recreation. It costs money to be entertained. Allow yourself to minimize your losses by taking some occasionally.
  14. Play to win, or play for fun. Don’t get serious if you didn’t start that way.  Don’t get too serious if you came to play for fun. If you began to entertain yourself, treat it like that. Keep a light heart.
  15. Win with class.  Nobody likes a sore winner. Buy a round of drinks for the others. Be cordial. Don’t rub it in to anyone’s face
  16. Lose graciously.  Likewise, no one will want to continue to play with  you if you aren’t fun to be around. Don’t be a grump when you lose.
  17. Play against players worse than you.  There are better odds that you will win, so why try to play against players that are better than you? Increase your skill with experience, but don’t jump in with professional players expecting to learn everything easily. Take your time learning, play with people around or below your skill level. If you are making lots of money at these tables, why move?
  18. Don’t wear sunglasses  Come on. Everyone knows what you are doing.)
  19. Don’t play while emotional.  Make calculated moves. Don’t let a morose or angry mood destroy your game.
  20. Don’t play at too high limitations.  Play as relaxed as possible. If the stakes are too high, your stress level will increased unnecessarily. Play where you are comfortable
  21. Pick a table fit for the right skill level.   Don’t play where the stakes are low but the skill level is too high for your experience. Don’t stack the odds against yourself.
  22. Pay attention to cards on the table.  The difference between amateur and professional poker players lies in the cards already on the table, and recognizing the potential hands that your opponent might have (flushes or straights, for example).
  23. Pay attention to other players.  Social cues are a large part of the game. See what gives others away and try to recognize any similar behavior in your own game. Observe players even when not in a hand so that you can study the players for their tells before entering the game.
  24. Higher denomination pokies generally give better payouts
  25. Join a VIP program at the casino to get extra free rewards
  26. Play at casinos versus pubs. There are higher denomination games, with larger payouts in casinos rather than pubs.
  27. If you win, cash out and walk away  Don’t expect your winnings to keep rising indefinitely. Take the winnings and leave when you have them.
  28. Keep each game independent of the previous game.  Don’t carry emotions from one game to another. every game is different. If you are having trouble differentiating games, take a break or call it a night.
  29. Play online where payout percentages are higher.  Increase your winning potential with higher payout places, such as online or in higher denominational areas.
  30. Set a time limit for gambling.  Don’t get mentally fatigued, don’t continue to drag yourself into a deeper hole. Set a time limit and stick to it. It will keep the game fun and enjoyable)
  31. Understand the mathematics of the game you are playing.  The more you understand the game, the better of a player you will be.
  32. Don’t focus too heavily on suited cards. The chance of getting a premium hand (double aces, etc) is only 2.1%
  33. Study poker strategy. There is so much easy-to-learn information out there that will help step your game up and understand various strategies and how they are played.
  34. Don’t judge skill based on the outcome of a hand. Every game is different. No one has a seeing eye to predict the outcome of every hand. Never judge skill level based on a single, or few hands.
  35. Understand you position at the table. If you are sitting in the early position, middle position, or late position, know what that means in relation to dealer and how that effects playing your cards or raising a bet.

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