Some Overrated Concepts

  There are two mistakes that are common to almost every beginning poker player. 

  They tend to bluff too much and they tend to slow play too much, but those aren’t the only   common mistakes. 

  Another mistake that most players develop at some point is playing too aggressively. 

  Beginners also have a tendency to call “just one more bet”  to “see what the next card is.”

  Bluffing is betting when you don’t have the best hand, hoping that you will not be called. 

  Slow playing is not betting (or not raising ) when you do have the best hand, hoping that   you’ll entice others to bet or call.

  Both bluffing and slow playing are forms of deception, and they are both an important part of   a poker player’s arsenal. 

  Both are easy to overuse, often to the point that they become so predictable that they lose   all hope of deception.

  Playing aggressively isn’t really an overrated concept, but I decided to put a discussion of   overaggressive play in this chapter just because it seems to fit as a common mistake. 

  Aggression in poker, and especially in Hold’Em, is generally a good thing Betting and raising   will win much more money over time then calling-but it can be overdone.


  Most beginning poker players bluff too much and call too frequently because “he might be   bluffing.” 

  Both are mistakes.

    Why Do You Bluff?

  Most beginners tend to bluff when they think it’s the only way they can win the pot. 

  The mental focus is on winning this pot, but winning pots isn’t what poker is all about. 

  As I pointed out earlier in the book, the players who win the most pots are seldom the   players who win the most money. In fact, most don’t win any money at all.

  Sometimes you are just beaten.You don’t have the best hand. you’re not going to win this   pot. 

  Bluffing might be your only chance to win in these situations, but it’s often such a small   chance that a bluff  is just futile. 

  Do not bluff just because it’s your only chance to win. 

  That doesn’t mean don’t bluff. You should bluff. In some games, against some opponents,   you should bluff frequently-but have a good reason. 

  “It’s the only way I could win” is not a good reason. 

  You should bluff when you have a reason to think that your opponent will not call. 

  If the pot is large you often don’t need much of a reason. 

  You don’t need to be successful with a bluff very often if the pots are large in order to   make a profit, but a hope that your opponent will not call is not a reason.



Entering a Public Cardroom / The Play of the Game / The First Betting Round

The Flop / The Last Two Cards


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