10 Poker Tips for Intermediate Players
Tip 1: The Fallacy of Sunken Cost: Learn to cut your losses that day and leave the table. Don't throw away anymore money and wait till a better day.
Tip 2: Don't be scared of calling: When you are playing, you will be faced with some big raises, if you are confident in your hand, call it. If you are too scared to call, after time, players will catch on to this and take a ride on you. On the other hand- if you think the villain has a better hand, fold. Learning when to call and fold are crucial elements in your poker game.
Tip 3: Don't play your game emotionally: Poker is a game of probability, not anger. If you play emotionally, you will bet more than you should- and eventually lose your chips. You will also look like an idiot too.
Tip 4: Keep a log of your plays and study your own game: Can you answer these questions- How often do you win? How many hands do you usually play? If you can't answer these questions- then you really don't know how you are playing. It is important to know these answers as it allows you to analyze your game.
Tip 5: Have patience and discipline: Don't play too many hands and keep your emotions together. If you find that you are loosing it, take a breather, or change tables. Remember: A tight player at a casino will usually play 1-2 hands per hour, are you playing tight or aggressive?
Tip 6: Make sure you allow yourself a couple of buy-ins: If you can only afford one buy-in, you are sitting at the wrong table. Sit and play at a game you can afford.
Tip 7: Rarely bluff: It is better not to use big bluffs: If you are caught on a big bluff, it will take a huge chunk from your chip stack. Bluffing too often and you will get caught out. Play it safe, bluff small and not often.
Tip 8: Low casino experience: Play tables with 6-9 tables, as you won't have to call as many hands. Short-handed tables have more pressure and require more experience to play them.
Tip 9: Playing AKs: Playing Ace King suited. Remember this is a drawing hand. If you haven't hit anything by the flop and people are raising against you- you are probably better off to dump the hand. If you keep calling it, you will most likely overplay the hand, over-bet it and lose too much trying to catch an Ace.
Tip 10: Watch this video "Top 10 Trouble Hands" by Daniel Negreanu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix9Nx86qsX0