It is said about poker, that learning it is easy, but mastering it is difficult, although mastering the games of poker can be fun and challenging. A winning poker player needs strategies and tactics to follow. The combination of various solid strategies of poker is the key to become a winning player and that too a consistently winning one. Therefore, to be able to master this game and win it consistently, a player should learn the strategies of tight play, random play, and aggressive play and learn to take advantage from the mistakes of the opponents. While the basic strategies remain the same, a player may use them differently to evolve newer strategies and therefore, win consistently. Here are some considerations, which a poker player can follow:
1. A new poker player must take the decision whether he intends to play for fun or to win. Playing for fun is easy, since a player may lose some times and win at other times. However, playing for winning is different. It requires one to be in the learning mode and be ready to put in effort. While a player playing for fun may like to win, he would not be as sad as a player who loses a lot of money initially. Therefore, an early decision can make a difference in the strategies to be adopted.
2. Good results will follow if decisions taken are good: there may be losing sessions for even the best of players. One should not expect to win each time. However, one should put in his best effort and play all games to the utmost level of his ability. If one plays well, the results achieved too would be good. Therefore, instead of worrying about the results, one should play with all his capability.
3. Look beyond the starting hands: though the starting hand is important, a player should concentrate equally on the remaining hands as well. While amateur players give more importance to the opening hand, the professionals try to play better and win the remaining hands. In this regard, the decisions taken at the end of each hand like calculating the pot odds, bluffing, betting patterns and using position are important.
4. Understand the mathematics of poker: a poker player must be able to understand the mathematics of poker as this is a game of incomplete information. A player must have the ability to judge which hands to play. If a player is entering into the pot with a hand better than his opponents are most of the time, then it is likely that the player would win the game more times than his opponents, would.
5. Keep emotions out of the game: emotions do not find any place in a winning player’s strategy. This is because the opponents are looking for opportunities to use these emotions against the player provoking him to make mistakes. Therefore, players should not be driven by emotions but by reality. A player may therefore, take a break if things are not going well. This is better than losing a considerable amount of money.