As a beginner poker player, you may find yourself making the same mistakes over and over, and may not even realise you’re doing so. We’re here to clear some things up and help you get on track toward solid, winning poker-play.
Worrying about short-term results
Anyone from an amateur to a professional can go many tournaments in a row without leaving with their pockets feeling full. You are bound to lose a game here and there, especially if you are starting off, so don’t get disheartened. Once you get the hang of it you’ll realise how profitable poker can be. Think long-term, once you get the hang of things you’ll be able to get a longer winning streak than you would have ever thought of. Be patient, and learn the skills needed to succeed.
Paying off aces
Seeing an ace in the hole is always something to smile about (internally of course). But, just because you have an ace it doesn’t automatically mean that you have a great hand. When you’re pretty sure a pair of aces isn’t going anywhere, you should fold instead of paying them off.
Depending on the cards on the board, this can either be a great hand or simply a weak one. Just because another ace appears on the board doesn’t mean your hand is going to do better than your opponents. Remind yourself, two aces are just a pair.
Playing incorrectly with a short stack
You may be playing either way too tight, or way too lose with a short stack. If you want to improve your play, you must learn how to play a short stack well. If you are primarily a cash game player who wants to play a tournament but you don’t have much experience with short stacks, you might occasionally play some ‘sit-and-go’ rounds to work on these skills.
Failing to study
Whenever learning something new, it is imperative to study. Just think about it - how can you make a correct decision on the spot if you haven’t laid out your options beforehand? Poker is a difficult game that requires diligent study. Whenever you encounter a difficult decision, keep it in mind, and think about if you were happy with your actions, or how you could have done things differently?
Not knowing when to stop the bluff
Bluffing in poker can be imperative. However, holding onto a bluff for too long can make you go bust.
Knowing when to stop bluffing is key to keeping your game going past the current round. One of the biggest rookie poker mistakes is when inexperienced players try bluffing. Bluffing is an advanced poker move that should be reserved for the pros, or at least till you are confident enough to do so.