When I think of poker, I think of stone coldwolves chomping at the table, gritting their teeth, coming out ahead. Stressfree. Easy. The good part about stress in the game of poker is that you don’t even need that much. You need only a game, a deck of cards, a safe home and a dog to chase. You canSituation: At your house on a whim, you decide to play a game of Texas Holdem. You don’t have any cards but you think you might get lucky so you open the deck of cards. Lo and behold, you hold four two’s and decide to go all in. Pocket aces! And you thought you’d have to wait for the good hands?
You canplay poker like that and you’ll be fine. It doesn’t even matter what cards you get, your main goal is simply to stay in the game. While you are learning to play poker correctly, you can’t help but wonder how tough it can be to win. You know the saying, poker is a game of people with skilled players on both sides. Well, you know that the best odds in a game of poker are against you. But you can convince yourself that you are actually the best player at the table. You’ll bet big or all-in with any two cards when you think you might have a hand. That’s all it takes to win a lot of poker games.
Situations like that don’t happen very often, but when they do, you need to know how to play with an ace, king or queen. You can’t sit and wait for aces, kings or queens. You need to gamble! And if the situation calls for a bluff, by all means do it.
Practice your poker face. Find a site online, with people betting, if you can’t beat them, join them, but don’t just stand there folding cards, you have to do something. Do something different, make them think you are inexperienced and nothing will stop you. Do whatever it takes to make them think you are in control.
A point to remember for online poker players is that the other players will not see you. If you are playing in your pajamas without the blanket, in all other respects this should actually be considered a game of pokerlegenda, not a grubby business. Make the game work for you, make the other players play for you, do push the action when you have a good hand.
Many times your opponents will offer you advice. Consider speaking up to that player directly. Usually this is not a problem, but if you are playing multiple tables and there is only one solitary table available, feel free to ignore. Sometimes the chat on those sites can get a little distracting.
Playing in front of a computer screen is a different experience. It is easy to lose track of what is going on. But when playing at a real table, it is much easier to keep up on what everyone else is doing, because there is real life interaction involved. You can look at the hole cards, bet quietly, not rush. Everyone knows the timers are spinning, there is no chatting, there are no visual signals.
Imagine playing in a relaxing atmosphere, with nothing to distract you. This is poker. You are playing for money, but also for perfected mental focus and what better environment could there be for your mind than at home?