5 Poker Tips from Pros

5 Poker Tips from Pros

Poker is a very popular hobby, and for some it is a career.  Many have played a hand of poker in their lifetime whilst others want to do it full-time.  However, only a small percentage of those play poker for a living.  And of those, we’ve taken some of their tips on how you can become a pro too.

1. Start Small

Great achievements take time.  Phil Ivey didn’t become a successful poker player overnight just like Tom Brady didn’t become a great quarterback overnight.  And Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly wasn’t born with the body he had in movies such as Terminator and Predator.

If you are just starting out in poker then play for very small amounts to begin with, if any at all.  You don’t want to risk losing too much too soon as you’ll likely end up quitting.  So if you deposit $20 don’t immediately play the whole pot – play for $2 or something similar to give yourself the opportunity to gain experience and build up your pot.

2. Dedication

To become great at anything then you need to dedicate yourself to it.  Motivation, skill and a will to learn will help you go a long way with anything too but spending time playing poker will help you build up your knowledge.

If you look at all the top players in the game, in any sport, at some point in their careers they put in a huge volume of work to get there.  There is no substitute for hard work.

3. Routine

If playing poker full-time is a serious consideration of yours then you are going to need to dedicate some serious time to it before you start making money from it.  Essentially, make it part of your routine.

Making poker an important part of your life may mean sacrificing time with friends and family but it’s similar to most things if you want to be really successful at it you must spend a lot of time on it.

4. Energy

You should know from experience that your best performance levels come off the back of being fully energised.  Fair play if you can stay awake for a 48-hour stretch but it’s going to hinder how you perform.

Never play poker for money when you are tired.  Aside from the potential of dozing off mid-game you may be more vulnerable to exposing your facial expressions and getting bored.  Getting bored may result in losing quickly.

5. Mindset

It’s easy to think that because you love poker you’ll always be in the mood for it or always be able to get in the mood for it, but this isn’t so.

Never force yourself to play poker, at least not for money.  Only play when you’re in a good frame of mind.  It’s difficult to make good decisions at the poker table if you’re slouched down in your chair wishing you were elsewhere.