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Common Beginner Mistakes 2

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. As a quick review, part one of this guide covered playing too many hands, staying in hands too long, getting emotional, imitating TV players, and playing above your skill level.

Now we will cover a few beginner mistakes that are slightly less common, but can be equally devastating to one's bankroll.

Mistake 6: Following superstitions - Most people "kinda" believe in superstitions, meaning they will say something like "they don't work, but they can't hurt." That's the wrong attitude to have in poker. Anything that allows you to take responsibility off your own shoulders will hurt you in the long run. The only way to improve your game is to take full responsibility for all your wins and losses.

Mistake 7: Overvaluing suited hands - Having two cards of the same suit is a plus, but only a small one. Your odds of hitting a flush or flush draw on the flop are only 8:1, and you will still lose fairly often even when you do hit. Thus, being suited is not a good reason to play two otherwise crappy cards.

Mistake 8: Not knowing the house rules - This applies primarily to off-line games. Make sure you understand the proper way to indicate different actions before you begin play. At many casinos saying something like "I call your bet and raise" will get you into trouble, since the first action you say ("call" in this case) is considered binding.

Mistake 9: Not understanding pot odds - The amount of money already in a pot makes a big difference in both how you should bet and when you should call. For example, it's perfectly appropriate to call $5 with a draw if the pot is $20, but not wise to call $2 with the same draw if the pot is only $4.

Mistake 10: Getting a big ego - The day a player decides they are awesome is the day they stop improving. No matter how good you get, you can still improve, but only if you realise there is room for improvement.

Once you master all ten tips found in this guide, you should be able to make at least modest profits. Just don't let success get to your head and keep learning, as hold 'em is a rich and complex game filled with subtleties that will take years to master.

JackRag


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