Eliminate Opponents By Raising

In the game of poker, there truly are a ton of different reasons why you should raise.  To be honest, most people think that you only need to raise when you have a really good hand and you want to win some more money.  While some of that is true, there are other different reasons that you can raise, however do you know what they are?  That is what we are going to explore in the next few blogs!

The first reason that people raise is because they want some more money.  The pot grows and when you win it, you get more money.  That is a good and logical reason, however that is not always how it works out because you honestly – do not always win remember?  So you need to think about that whenever you are raising.

Betting and raising in poker is something that should be done on a regular basis.  However, you need to know exactly how to do it in order to psych the other players out – after all, that is exactly what the entire game of poker is all about right?  Getting rid of the other players so you can take home the pot?  Well, when you raise the pot up, you are certainly the shark that is forcing people to confront your bluff.

Most people, unless they are an aggressive player will not raise after it has been done already, however there are a select few that are going to call on your bluff.  That is what you need to be aware of – if you raise, make sure that you do it smartly and make sure that you truly can recover from it.

If you have a pair of twos … odds are, you are not going to be going home with the pot, so do not raise, however if you have a couple of aces … depending on the situation, you might be better off raising.

Poker is a game all based around skill – if you have ever played the game, you already know that.  However, the thing that you might not realize is that poker is a game that you can actually master, you really just have to know how to master it.  Personally, I have found that my ability to read people has really, really helped me in the long run.

Just a quirk of the lips upward or even an inexperienced player hiding their laughter behind their cards is something that you really need to think about.  After all – you are supposed to be paying attention to all of this and weighing what hand the other players might have.

To be perfectly honest – poker is hard however the skills above are something that you need to have.  Reading people, especially people at your table is something you need to know how to do!

Toss Your Nerves Out The Window

When you are a brand new poker player – it can be very difficult for you to break into the game and to actually be good.  Another thing that might end up getting the better of you in the long run is nerves.  I know that when I first started playing poker, I was a nervous wreck the first few games and now – I learned how to control them.

There are a ton of different ways that you can control your nerves, the first being relaxing.  You need to relax yourself.  Now I know that is easier to say than it is to actually put into practice, but you will learn and honestly, you will feel better whenever you play poker.

The next step is not to compare yourself to any other players.  That is the biggest fault that many newbie players fall into – they compare themselves to other players and that will just torture you in the end.

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