Newbie Mistakes in Poker

Poker is a game of skill with a bit of luck. When starting out as a poker player, we find ourselves getting lucky and feel like geniuses. When we are falsely rewarded – meaning we take an incorrect action, yet still achieve desired results, we begin to make mistakes when it matters most. Here are some mistakes common to newer poker players. Overvaluing Suited Hands Many beginners enjoy the chase of the flush when they play online poker. They see a player complete a greasy flush on the river, maybe even against them – cracking their aces. As a result, many new players begin chasing every flush, playing suited cards, suited connectors, and suited aces from every position. No two suited cards are ugly. What a new player fails to realize is that suited cards only hold a slight edge over their unsuited counterparts. Not all suited cards and suited hands should be played, which leads to our next newbie mistake. Playing Entirely too Many Hands Whether playing online or at the local casino, when we are at the poker table we want to play cards! Folding to many people is not playing. Yet, folding is part of the game of poker. In fact, folding is perhaps one of the most important disciplines in poker, for that matter. Newer poker players make the mistake of playing far too many hands, failing to consider hand strength or position. A new player should have a strict, tight hand range when learning the game. Leave the tricky play to the veterans, who are well versed in playing drawing hands out of position. Tilt Emotions are normal when in competition. However, one must check their emotions at the door when at the Poker table. Bad beats, suck-outs, horrible plays getting rewarded all happen. You will usually encounter a drunken guy at the casino, or a loose, wild player talking smack to you, or even the horrible player who gives advice. Do not let the bad beats or the opposition’s antics get under your skin. Keep your emotions in check and stay off tilt. Thinking you have to Bluff to Win Beginning poker players should not yet even consider bluffing. Without understanding that there is far more to bluffing than simply pushing all your chips in on the river, a bluff will backfire more often than not for the beginning poker player. Bluffs are normally elaborate; they tell a story. New players do not know the background of poker enough to tell the story smartly. Leave bluffing for the professionals. By discriminating against your starting hands, remaining off tilt, and losing the bluff, a new poker player stands the best chance of learning the game of poker the correct way. New poker players should continue to read about poker, as well as discuss poker with players more advanced than they are. These few tips will help increase the learning curve of the game of poker for new players.