Poker appears to be everywhere these days. Nearly everyone will play it at least once at some point. Some people will go on to play poker professionally. Other people will end up playing poker with friends once or twice a month. Some people may never play poker again. However, even if you never play poker again, you will certainly run into the game many more times in your life. Your friends might be telling you about a recent game. You might end up in a situation where everyone is watching a poker game on television. Even if you aren’t a huge poker fan, you will never be able to escape poker. This means you might as well learn some basic poker strategies to improve your game and understand what it is that makes other poker players so great!
One simple trick to understanding poker is knowing where is the best position in the game. For example, everyone knows it is easier to score a free throw in basketball instead of a three point shot because of your position on the court. Your position on the poker table has the same principle. In poker, you want to be the last person to fold, raise, or call. This is the best spot because it lets you respond to what everyone else is doing. A second trick is to focus on the other players. You need to keep a mental chalkboard full of how many chips each person has, how much they normally bet, and what is the best hand they could be holding. A final trick is to simply to not be afraid to fold. Folding isn’t losing! It is simply reassessing.
Use these poker tricks to improve your game. You can also use them to understand what it is that makes the professionals so great!