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Common Beginner Mistakes 1

Just because your are a beginner, doesn't mean you have to play like one. Instead of making the same mistakes that nearly every beginner makes you can read this guide. Avoiding serious errors alone should be enough to get your game to at least a break-even level.

Mistake 1: Playing too many hands - By far the most common mistake made by beginners is to play far too many hands. While its true that any 2 can win, they rarely will. A good rule of thumb is if a hand doesn't have a strong chance of making "the nuts" (best possible hand), then it should be folded pre-flop outside of the blinds.

Mistake 2: Staying in too many hands - Even if they all only playing good hands, most beginners will continue to chase post flop. AK is a really strong hand pre-flop, but if it misses the flop completely it is unlikely to win. If you are holding less than top pair and don't have any decent draws it is time to get out as soon as someone bets.

Being able to consistently fold bad hands pre-flop and good hands when they miss will put you ahead of 80% of your opponents already, so mastering these skills will go a long way toward becoming profitable at poker.

Mistake 3: Becoming emotional - When you first start playing, it will be hard for you to keep your emotions in check, but it's a skill you need to learn. Many good players have tilted away their entire bankroll after getting upset about a series of bad luck. Getting too excited about winning can also take you off your game. The minute you feel yourself getting emotional and losing control of your game is the time to step away and take a break.

Mistake 4: Imitating what you see on TV - With the popularity boom of the game has come pros on TV. It might be tempting to try and copy their game, but what they don't show on TV will kill you. TV poker is about entertaining the audience which means most "boring" hands are edited out. If you only watch TV, you will think pros bluff all the time, but in fact they do not. Its just that every bluff gets shown, while most pre-flop folds get edited out.

Mistake 5: Playing above your skill level and/or bankroll - It is tempting to jump right into a table where you can win "real money," but doing so is the best way to lose some serious cash. Instead start small, even if you can afford to play at higher stakes. The less money at stake, the easier the game is to beat. Make sure you can consistently beat one level before moving up to the next and don't be afraid to move back down if you start to struggle.

These five tips should go a long way toward preventing disaster and hopefully they will help you turn your first profit. In part two of this guide, we will cover five more beginner mistakes and how to avoid them.

JackRag


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