What is “fun”? I do not know the answer, but find a place and time for yourself.
The following is the text of a regular contributor to PokerListings and renowned poker player and journalist Lee Davy.
For the last 12 months, I looked at this question as a pro-poker player, and did not find an answer, as if I had landed in a maze.
I like to go to the cinema, read books and get involved in deep philosophical conversations. But is it fun? Is laughter an indicator of fun?
Do you have to laugh in order to feel cheerful?
I’m confused like never before. And that led me to the changes in my poker game that I intend to make in 2016.
1. More fun at the table
Poker must be fun. But did not bring.
Looking back, I understand that it was fun when interesting people were sitting at the table. They had funny stories, or they were interested in mine.
When I play at home with friends, each of them has its own “nuances” that belong only to them and no one else. It is fun, but in its own way.
2. Speak more at the table
Put me at the center of the party at any moment and shutting me up will be difficult. Put me at the poker table in the tournament and you can barely squeeze a few words out of me.
I don’t speak while playing poker, as I try to keep my concentration. She is needed to be a successful player. But balance is also needed.
You will not get a “fan” at the table if you look darker than a thundercloud.
In the end, communication with other players at the table is not necessary to make it fun. There is another goal – the strategy of their game.
Who are they? What style are they playing in? Are they about? New to the poker table? How critical is this buy-in for them?
All this logically leads me to the next point …
3. Look for weaknesses
Look at the game of professionals. Each of them knows how to find a weak spot and beat into it.
I play the distribution until I am in it, and immediately turn off. Instead of trying to analyze, I’m already reading someone’s blog or watching the news, waiting for a new distribution.
In 2015, I drastically changed this. I began to carefully look at what people are doing at the table until at a time when I am not participating in the distribution.
Fortunately, I have many friends of poker players who can help with hand analysis. I listened to them. And he soon realized how little attention I paid to playing poker during this game itself.
My friends could ask about the playing styles of opponents at the table and the size of their stacks, and I did not know the answers.
How can I make plans for success if I don’t know the simple rules of poker and even their playing styles. From this the point follows …
4. Record and work with distributions
If you really like to play poker, then the biggest sin is not to do “homework”, not to use the knowledge of other players or your friends.
I have been guilty of this for many years. But in 2015 I took the path of correction, and this year I hope to become even better.
I did a lot of interviews with top players, and they all came to the conclusion that the constant analysis of distributions with friends led them to the top of poker.
If this works for poker sharks, then it should suit a chip like me. It is only necessary to memorize / record information as much as possible.
True, the next point comes out of here …
5. Calm down
I do everything at maximum speed. In the truest sense of the word.
This is stupid and it hurts my game of poker. When it is my turn to make a move, I immediately feel enormous pressure from the outside.
I just see people “looking at me”. I hear every tick of the second hand, like a bell on the Big Ben.
This is all nonsense! No one is looking at me, but this image that I myself create makes me play suboptimal, not using all the possibilities.
It’s not easy to take “slow down”, but there is one last point for this …
6. Technique of emotional freedom (TPP)
TPP is a great way to regain control over yourself in difficult moments or just calm down.
To use this technique you do not need anything extra than a secluded place (in case of your shyness) and fingers. You can read more in special publications.
The bottom line is that at first you will think that you look like an idiot, but that doesn’t matter. It works.
If you are brave enough to do it right at the table, then you have the strength. If not, then find a quiet place, take a break and deal with your excessive emotions.
I did this more than once during difficult moments in poker tournaments, returning to the game updated and more focused.
More fun at the table. When you have fun, then luck will find you faster.
Speak more at the poker table. This will not only improve the atmosphere at the table, but also give you information on opponents.
Stay in focus throughout the game and look for weaknesses. Everything that happens at the table is important. Observe the trends, dynamics of the game and opponents for yourself.
Improve work on the distribution. Think of Gus Hansen. He recorded all the hands during a triumph at Aussie Millions, took them apart and published a book with analysis, which immediately became a bestseller.
Take it easy. No one is looking at you. No one cares about it. The main thing is to play yourself yourself. Use your time.
If it’s difficult to calm down, then use the Technique of Emotional Freedom (TES). A simple and great way to eliminate anxiety and anxiety.
Now you know all 6 of my basic points for improving the game in 2016. How about yours?
10 simple telz that work for sure
The author of PokerOlymp website, Jan Meinert, shares 10 telz, which work in most situations – but on one condition: if your opponent does not have sufficient experience in a “live” game.
1. Weakness means strength
One of the best telz that newcomers often “indulge” in.
The player is trying to imitate nervousness, indifference and other signs of a weak hand. Frequent sighs, a shrug, a gloomy mine – all this indicates a serious force.
The natural instinct makes players involuntarily hide a powerful hand. So do not fall for this banal fishing tackle: when a player shrugs and raises – write is gone!
2. Direct posture
You play, you play, and suddenly you notice how someone straightened up in a chair or sat comfortably (during the deal of cards or postflop). This indicates at least some interest.
Sometimes such a telz indicates a strong hand, so get ready to participate in large pots.
3. Sudden silence or a flood of words
The usually talkative opponent has a strong hand if he suddenly falls silent. And vice versa: if a silent man begins to babble like an unfinished rapper – everything is fine with his hand.
Wrapped in a hood or wearing glasses, it seems to the player that he gains immunity to any bodies.
And here is a lie!
Very often, one can draw reliable conclusions from the voice. A player with a strong hand is much easier to communicate and answer questions.
But the bluffing comrade is afraid to even squeak so that God forbid to betray his precarious position. So there should be notes of uncertainty in his voice.
Suddenly waking up during the distribution with a worried look, the player openly talks about his strength.
All questions like “who is walking now?” or “how long is it?” openly indicate the desire of the player to quickly increase his stack.
6. Card Protector
A very simple telz: some players “protect” their cards (for example, by putting a chip on top of them) in one single case – with a fairly strong hand.
Such opponents should be exploited to the maximum.
7. Theatrical bets
When a player intentionally makes overly confident bets (theatrically and casually throws chips), he is clearly weak and simply tries to hide this fact.
A player bluffs if he exerts a little more effort during the formation of a bet and moving it to the center of the table.
8. Sorting out chips and slanting looks
The player studied the starting cards and immediately looked at his stack or started sorting through chips – this is a common body, indicating a strong hand. Upon learning that he has a strong starter, the opponent automatically begins to think about the size of the bet and his attention unwittingly rivets to the stack.
This logic applies to other situations: the player immediately looks at his chips after the flop has been dealt. It is obvious that the flop helped him, and he is going to increase the bank.
9. Bet size
For this telza you do not even need to see your rivals. Weak players often have a big face: their bets correspond to the strength of their hands. In other words, a powerful bet means a strong hand, a small bet means a weak hand. So simple and unpretentious.
If your opponent usually doesn’t worry about betting and bets in small portions with weak hands, you should think carefully when he suddenly starts the “bombing of London”.
10. Player Statue
If a player freezes after a beta is made, he is likely to bluff.
It is not so easy to have a casual conversation when you are afraid to provoke a call with any gesture, any sound. Therefore, the bluffing opponent does not move, does not speak, and sometimes does not even breathe.
The opposite situation indicates the opposite conclusions: a too talkative player who has already made a bet is not afraid to show his cards. He is trying to interest you and lure a call in every possible way.
Bonus: 10 newbie problems in Hold’em
The poker path always begins with a long corridor of obstacles and resembles an adventure game where the hero, in search of utter treasures, falls into a terrible maze with an abundance of hidden traps.
Below we have collected the most important, most expensive mistakes for a beginner, and we also did not forget to talk about how to get rid of them:
1. Ignoring the position
Quite a few aspects of poker are more important than position. The more players in front of you, the more information to make an informed decision.
In a late position, we respond to the actions of our opponents, and do not play a guessing game. That’s why the button is the best poker position.
From the button and other late positions you can open much wider and be more aggressive.
2. Excessive aggression
Aggression is important, but much more important is timely aggression. If it is likely that your opponent has a strong hand, there is no point in squeezing him out of a pot with huge bets. In the long run, this will lead to high costs.
Remember: at a long table (8-9 players), someone definitely has a serious hand.
Trying to overcome their aggression is a meaningless undertaking. As a rule, players do not fold strong combinations, even being under heavy “bombardment”.
3. Too many telz
Many beginners act and behave exactly as they should with the appropriate hand. More experienced rivals read the “kids” for one or two.
Try not to impersonate (yes, easier said than done, we are in the know). Got aces or caught a flush – zero emotions, didn’t hit the flop or you were given 7-2 – zero emotions.All this seems terribly banal, but at the real table it happens all the time. Beginners just can not help but react.
Practice poker. First of all, it will help in a live game, however, hiding small bodies is also relevant online.
4. Bad sizing
It is difficult for novice players to evaluate the correct bet, so in most cases they bet too much or too little.
For example: betting $ 1 in a $ 25 pot makes no sense. With a strong hand you won’t attract enough money to the bank, and with a weak hand you won’t be able to bluff successfully.
Universal rule: bet based on the size of the sweat. The rate in the range from half of the bank to its full value in most cases is adequate.
5. Too loose game
One of the most common problems in poker. Beginners too often enter the pot, while successful players play 10 to 30% of all hands.
Keep your poker impulses in check. Many hands (K-10 for example) may seem quite strong, but at a distance they are minus.
Just click on the fold button more often and everything will be in order.
6. Ignoring the number of players in the bank
The more opponents in the pot, the weaker your hand – this is a key axiom.
Against two rivals, the A-8 will stand very well.
And if there are eight of them, such a hand will become practically powerless – someone probably has an ace over or a large pair.
7. The game is not bankroll
Never play at limits that do not match your financial capabilities!
When too much money is at stake, a psychological barrier is activated that prevents them from making adequate decisions. Your rivals will have a significant advantage – they are in their comfortable zone, but you are not.
Universal rule: you are sitting at the wrong table if the value of one buy-in seems excessive.
8. Stop calling!
For many newcomers, poker seems like a “pick up” game. They will hatch to the last (i.e., to the river) until they see the fifth card.
Such an approach is not only fundamentally wrong, but also very expensive. The main thing is not to collect a combination, but to win money.
If further play is too expensive, do not play! If in the foreseeable future giveaway there is no way to pick up a pot using a bluff or a win at a showdown, do not play!
Each saved chip is just as valuable as a won one.
9. Play on emotions
This problem is characteristic not only for beginners, but also for poker veterans. Emotions – not the mind – control the actions of the player. But it should be the other way around.
However, emotions cannot help in poker. You cannot force a card to arrive at the right moment. You cannot win in a tilt state.
Do not base decisions on emotions, do not repeat the path of many bankrupt.
10. Revaluation of suited cards
This problem has existed since the founding of the poker craft. K-5 suited may seem like an adequate hand, because you can make a flush with it, but a flush comes in Hold’em too rarely.
Flash (if you play before the river) comes in about 8% of cases. So one cannot rely on such a probability.
5 best telz in online poker
There is an opinion that there can be no telz when playing online. This is not true. The observant player will notice a lot of tips that will help increase profitability.
Frequent timbanks, pauses, long thoughts – all these factors indicate that the opponent is not only engaged in poker; or busy with it too hard. Sometimes this is also a sign of problems with the Internet connection, but in most cases the first two statements are true.
It doesn’t matter at all whether the opponent slows down due to active multi-tabling or because his attention is occupied by something other than poker – he is distracted in any case, therefore he notices the simplest and most obvious situations; he plays ABC poker, and this is an ideal situation for a carefree styling.
Believe it or not, chat can be a great source of telz; according to how and what the opponent writes, sometimes it makes sense to judge the strength of his hand. It happens that a talkative player suddenly subsides – why?
He is focused on the distribution or is afraid to write too much. Most often, this fact indicates a strong hand.
Bluffing, some players become very lively in the chat – the same is true for opponents with very strong hands.
We recommend that you follow one universal rule: do the opposite. Opponent begs to call – it’s time to fold; asks to fold – you can call.
Most poker clients have a check-fold or fold function for any bet: check the box; when the turn comes, the client will automatically play in the selected way.
Players using these features give themselves away in giblets. More often than not, they have a very weak hand, which they will gladly fold to any aggression.
We noticed such comrades – try to attack with minimal bets, in most cases you will get the sweat.
If an insta-check indicates a weak hand, insta-check means a monster. Often a player catches a monster, checks in the hope of luring a bluff bet and immediately raises.
He is so glad that happiness has fallen from heaven, that without hesitation he clicks on the raise button.
Most often, a raise refers to a raise. For example, you bet 40,000, your opponent immediately twists to 80,000. In this situation, it is best to fold.
There are exceptions. On a very woody flop, an opponent in a position can make a raise to watch the river for free.
Bet after a long pause
A fairly common “trick”: a player thinks for a very long time on the river, then bet or reraise. What at first glance seems a bluff, most often means a very strong hand.
The opponent is trying to pretend hesitancy, a desperate attempt to bluff – in fact, this is just a clumsy trap for simpletons.