Even if Gangnam Hold’em (강남홀덤) poker is just a way of passing free time to you, losing money every day can become depressing at some point. It is still a good idea to pick up some skills and improve your game. You can trust me when I tell you that the game will be more interesting when you are winning the games and making some money. You will feel like you are not just wasting your time. You will also stop being the worst player in your circle of friends. Also, what do you have to lose by becoming a better player anyway? Any way you look at it, you are still benefiting when you become a better poker player.
There are several websites out there that will offer you some tips on how to become the best poker player you can become. Some blogs and websites are written by active, passive, or retired poker players. Thus, they will give you different opinions and ideas and it is up to you to decide what works for you. Here, I will provide a generalization of some of the best tips you could ever come across in the world of poker.
Don’t play too many hands!
Virtually, every blog article you read that offers tips on becoming a better player will start by warning you against playing too many hands. The warning is not a joke and you should heed it. What playing many hands at once does to you is that it distracts you so that you are unable to focus on each one of your opponents. Part of the strategy to success in poker is being able to read your opponents and making decisions that will get you out of the possibility of losing too much money before you get to a point of no return.
Another disadvantage associated with playing too many hands is that it makes you lose more money a whole lot faster. Money that you would have lost in 8 rounds playing one round at a time is lost in a single round, playing 8 tables simultaneously.
Watch your opponents
This is another mistake that people make too often. Poker is a social game, meaning that you play against other people. The people you are playing with directly affect your outcome. The moves they make affect your overall game. As such, it is important to focus on your opponents and ensure that you are able to guess their hands and take steps to minimize their chances of them winning and you losing. You should also watch betting habits of your opponents. In most cases, your opponents will bet high when they have a good hand. If you see this happening and you know that you have a weak hand, you may want to fold and minimize your losses.
Bet ad bluff
You can know the hands of your opponents by the way they react to your bet. If they seem reluctant to match your bet, then they probably have weak hands. You can also bluff your opponents to fold instead of raising when you have a weak hand.