When learning how to play poker whether its online poker or at a land based poker room there are some very basic things that you need to factor in when getting your feet went at the poker table. One of the most important aspect of learning how to play poker is not how much you play but how little you play. that’s right, I am not going crazy, but actually playing very little you can learn more by watching the poker professionals play. This is because you can get to see how they react in certain situations with certain hands and how they would read their opponents and capitalize on their opponents mistakes. Another good move that most professional poker players make is that they know how to isolate a bad player and stay focused on him. This is what we call easy money in the poker arena. The best way to determine whether a player on the same table as you is playing his hands based on emotion or if they are playing their hands based on sound and precise poker strategies. They are usually the ones complaining about their bad luck and the fact that they are better then everyone else but still cannot win.
The other poker strategy you should use is to always learn how to stay away from the really good players. They are usually very tough to have their money and chips taken away from them and the best policy for playing them in a big tournament is to stay away from them and let them drain someone else’s chip count. Many average poker players have made themselves good money by letting the expert on their table take out the other players. Remember ,in a big poker tournament the key is to make it to the final 10 table and your in the money. So just let your opponents destroy each other while you stay cool and just move on up the ladder by not risking your chips against someone who has the skills to take you out of the tournament at any time. If I am entering 20 poker tournaments a year I would rather finish in the money 10 of those times rather then have no money finishes at all. These are just a few basic psychological poker tips. Looks for more of my poker tips in the upcoming weeks as we get closer to the 2009 World Series of Poker.