The Ultimate Poker Tips List: 101 Pieces of Advice for All Levels of Play

| May 29, 2017 12:00 am PDT
Poker Tips and Tricks

Poker is a game involving thousands of small decisions every time you play.

It starts as soon as you sit down at the table and doesn’t end until you cash out.

In every hand, you have to decide things like:

  • What position am I in?
  • Which opponents are strong and weak?
  • How strong is my starting hand?
  • Do I fold, limp, or raise?
  • What are the pot odds?
  • Do I chase or lead?

I’ve put together this page to help you develop as many answers as possible before you get to the table.

These 101 quick poker tips are designed to give you a fast leg up on the competition. Each one includes a short explanation after the tip.

I didn’t get long winded because these tips are supposed to be quick. Most of them speak for themselves, but if one doesn’t have an explanation that’s long enough for you, simply skip it and use the other 100 tips.

And if you’re strictly a Texas Holdem player, check out my post about Texas Holdem lessons here.

1 – Always Raise with Aces

You always need to raise with aces to thin the field and build the pot. When you start building the pot earlier it makes the possible nets larger on each betting round.

2 – Find Bad Competition

The level of competition has a great deal to do with your long-term profits playing poker. If you always play with better players than you you’ll get better but lose more. By playing weaker players you win more.

3 – Late Position Is More Profitable

Most players ignore their position relative to the dealer button and it costs them money. Most of the hands you play should be in late position because it forces your opponents to act before you. This gives you more information than they have, which gives you a consistent advantage.

4 – Only Play Great Starting Hands from Early Position

In early position, you always have to act before your competition. This is a disadvantage because they get more information than you because they know what you’re doing before they act. To lessen your disadvantage, you need to only play your best hands from early position. Pocket aces, kings, and queens, and possibly ace king are the only hands you should consider playing.

5 – Limit Is Easier than No Limit

Though the rules are the same except for the betting limits, limit poker is easier to play because your mistakes don’t cost as much. Many of the best players are at the no limit tables because of the chance at a bigger hourly profit, so the competition on average at the limit tables is weaker as well.

6 – Omaha Is Easier than Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is by far the most popular and available poker game around the world, but Omaha is easier to play. You get to see the value of two more cards before the flop, which helps you make better decisions.

7 – Be Over Bankrolled, Not Under

When you have a large bankroll, you can concentrate on making the best plays and not worry about short term variance. But when you have a short bankroll you can get wiped out with just a few bad beats. This can take your mind off the important things and make you worry about money while playing.

8 – Play Tournaments to Win, Not to Money

The big money in tournament play is at the final table, and especially true for the winner. But many players simply try to reach the money and pass up the opportunities to build a big stack that gives them a chance to win. Focus on putting yourself in the best chance to win; not just limp into the money.

9 – Fold More Often from the Blinds

Just because you’re forced to make a blind bet it doesn’t mean you should play poor hands. Once you put the blind in the pot it’s no longer yours and has very little to do with whether or not you should play the hand. Almost all players play too many hands from the blinds.

10 – It’s a Long Game

Anything can happen on a particular poker hand, but if you make the best plays as often as possible you’ll end out on top in the long run. Don’t let short term results bother you. Your poker game doesn’t end until you die, so don’t view it as a series of sessions.

11 – Starting Hands Are the Basic Building Blocks of Profit

The basic mathematical workings of poker show that the player entering the pot with the best hand wins more than the player who doesn’t. Profitable poker players play better starting hands than their opponents on average. The only way to do this is play fewer starting hands so you can wait for the best ones.

12 – Pot Odds Mastery Equals Long Term Profits

The pot odds show if a call is profitable in every situation. You might not always have all of the information you need, but you need to use as much as possible to determine your chances. If you don’t learn how to determine and use pot odds your chances of long term profit are quite small.

13 – Don’t Be Sucked in with Flush Draws

Flush draws look good because when you hit a flush it’s a powerful hand. But unless you’re getting the right odds to call, you should never chase a flush draw. This is one of the biggest mistakes losing players make.

14 – Inside Straight Draws Are for Suckers

The odds of hitting an inside straight draw are almost never good enough in comparison to the size of the pot to chase. The only time a gut shot straight draw should be considered is if it’s in combination with another draw or with a high pair.

15 – Every Single Decision Matters

Every decision you make at the poker table is either profitable or unprofitable. You don’t always know which way for sure, so you have to use every bit of information to try to make the best play. But every decision adds to or subtracts from your bottom line, so never get lazy or make a decision, no matter how small, without attempting to make the best one possible.

16 – Low Suited Connectors Are Trap Hands

Suited connectors look good because you can use them to make a straight or flush. But often the straight isn’t the best possible one and the flush is never the best possible one. So, you may win some small pots, but eventually you’re going to lose a big one. Avoid this trap by folding small suited connectors.

17 – Low Pairs Are Trap Hands

Low pairs are almost never good unless you hit a set. When you hit a set, you can win a big pot because your hand is disguised. But when you hit a set and your opponent hits a bigger one you lose a huge pot.

18 – If You Can’t Beat the Low Limits You Can’t Beat the High Limits

Many players like to complain about the poor play at the micro and small limits. This usually starts happening right after they made a bluff and got called. But if they understood their competition they’d know that they rarely fold at these limits. If you’re not god enough to adjust your game to beat the low limits you’re not going to be good enough to win at a higher level.

19 – Big Tournaments Have Big Prizes, but Small Tournaments Can Be a Gold Mine

When you see a poker tournament on television it often has thousands of entrants and millions of dollars in prizes. But only the players that reach the final table usually win enough to make a huge difference in their lives. Often smaller tournaments offer a much better chance to reach the final table and the competition is usually not as good.

20 – Decide to Play Great Poker

Most poker players claim they want to win, but their actions say something else. You won’t become a great poker player until you decide to play great poker and take the actions needed to improve. Great poker players are always trying to improve their game, and it all starts with a decision.

21 – Avoid Tilt

Many things can happen at the poker player that may upset you. When you start getting upset it’s easy to start making decisions based on your emotions instead of based on the information you have. When you make emotional decisions, called tilting, it costs you money. Stop playing the second you feel your emotions taking over.

22 – You Win in Your Mind First

You should try to think about and plan for every way a hand can go starting the second you get your cards. As you play out the possible scenarios in your head you can prepare for anything and not be surprised at any point in the hand. This preparation will help you win more often.

23 – Always Pay Attention

You should always watch your opponents, even when you aren’t in the hand. You never know when you’ll pick up a tell or playing tendency that you can exploit later. If you let your mind wander you’ll miss important hints. If you can’t pay attention the entire time you’re at the poker table you should do something else for a while until you can stay focused.

24 – Watch for Tells

Many players react in certain ways that give away the strength of their hands. When a player does something like this it’s called a tell. When you learn some of these tells it can help you fold in a big hand when you’re beat or make a big call when you know an opponent is bluffing.

25 – Healthy Body Equals Healthy Mind

Poker is a game where you have to use your mind in order to do well. But your mind depends on your body to stay in top shape. You need to take care of your body by eating well and exercising in order to keep your mind in top shape.

26 – Play Pocket Kings Like Pocket Aces Until You See an Ace

Pocket kings are the second highest starting hand in Texas Holdem. You should play them just like you play pocket aces until an ace hits the board. The chances of an opponent having pocket aces the same hand you have pocket kings is small. It’s so small that you should ignore the possibility and play your kings like aces. Even when an ace hits the board you may still have the best hand, so don’t be anxious to fold.

27 – Don’t Talk Unless It Helps You Win

Poker can be a social game and you can visit with your opponents. But when you’re involved in a hand you should never say anything unless it can help you win. If you talk during a hand you can give away information about your hand without realizing it.

28 – Ace King Is Good, But Not Great

Ace king is a good starting hand but it almost always needs to improve to win. So, don’t commit too any chips to the pot before you make a hand. When you see tournaments on TV it looks like they always move all in with ace king, but this isn’t the best play in most situations unless you’re short stacked.

29 – Pocket Queens Are Strong, but Also Dangerous

The third best starting hand in Holdem, pocket queens should be an important part of your long-term profit. But more often than not the board will end up with an ace or king, so you have to be careful with your queens. You should raise before the flop to get player with a king to fold and hopefully get the players with an ace and weak kicker to exit the hand as well.

30 – Play Pocket Jacks like Pocket Nines in No Limit

Pocket jacks look good but rarely win a pot unless they hit a set. If you play them just like pocket nines you won’t invest much money unless you hit your set. This keeps you from making a big mistake against a stronger starting hand or a luck draw.

31 – Suited Face Cards Win Small Pots or Lose Big Ones

Most players can see a possible high straight or flush on the board. When you have a high hand like this most of your opponents won’t pay you off, making the pots you win small. When an opponent sees a dangerous board and still bets heavily it may mean they have an even better hand. When this happens, you might lose a big pot. You want to win big pots and lose small ones, not the other way around, so be wary of these situations.

32 – Set Over Set Happens, But Not Often

When you hit a set, especially with a middle or lower pair, it’s possible an opponent has hit a higher set. This happens from time to time, but you always need to play a set as if it’s the best hand until it’s clear that an opponent has a better hand. This usually happens when the board completes a possible flush or straight.

33 – Study the Game, But You Need to Play to Get Better

It’s important to read about and study poker as much as possible if you want to improve, but you have to start playing to get real world practice in order to put what you learn into action. You’ll find that there’s no substitute for actually playing. So, learn as much as you can, but don’t hesitate to hit the felt as soon as you can.

34 – Specialize When You Start

The best way to get better is to specialize in one game. You can choose to play just cash games, or just single table tournaments or just multi table tournaments. You can play limit or no limit and Texas Holdem or Omaha. Pick one game, a limit, and cash games or a tournament and then stick with it until you master your game.

35 – Know When to Walk Away

Many things come into play that can change the way you’re playing. You might need water or something to eat, or get tired. Your mind might start wandering and lose focus on the game. It’s important to keep a close eye on everything so you know when you need to walk away from the game. Remember that the game is a lifelong pursuit, so it won’t hurt you to walk away for a few minutes or longer when you need to.

36 – Poker Isn’t a Slot Machine

When you play a slot machine you put your money in and hope for the best. Many poker player play the same way. But winning poker players don’t use hope as a strategy. Learn how to play well and make educated decisions.

37 – Know Your Competition

Poker is a game of information. The more information you have the better your chances of winning. As you watch your competition, begin to build a base of information about them that you can use later.

38 – Keep Notes

I find it helpful to carry a small notebook in my pocket where I can jot down notes. I go back over the notes later to make sure they stick in my mind. You should keep notes on your opponents and your own play. Often you make a play that you’re not sure was correct. You can run these plays over later to see how they should’ve been played.

39 – Constantly Evaluate Your Play

You should always evaluate your play. You should do this as you play and after each playing session. If you just look at results you might miss places where you can improve. Without constant evaluation, it’s difficult to grow.

40 – Understand and Use Expected Value

Expected value is how much a play is worth, either positive or negative, on average every time you make it. By learning expected value, you can make more positive plays than negative ones, which leads to long term profit.

41 – Always Make the Best Play; Everything Else Takes Care of Itself

Once you learn about expected value and how to use it like I mentioned in the last tip, you can learn to make the best possible play more often. If you make more positive expected value plays than negative ones you win more over time. If you make the best play nothing else matters. The long-term results take care of themselves.

42 – Understand the Relationship Between Pot Size and Stack Size

This is more important in no limit and pot limit play than limit, but it’s something to watch in every game. You should know roughly the size of your stack and your opponent’s. This information is important because you need to know when a bet is large enough to commit you or your opponent to the pot. Once a player is pot committed they almost never fold.

43 – Fold More Early

Most players play too many hands, which makes it difficult to show a long-term profit. By folding more hands before the flop and on the flop, you avoid losing more money on the turn and river.

44 – Fold Less Late

When you reach the turn and river the pot odds are usually large enough to make it profitable to call. Rarely fold on the river, because you only need to catch a player bluffing occasionally to make a call profitable. Make sure you use the pot odds when you make these decisions, but poor hands should be folded earlier.

45 – Rarely Bluff

On television, it seems like the pros are always making bluffs. But the TV only shows exciting hands, s it makes it look like bluffs are more successful than they really are. At the low limits you should never bluff, because the competition isn’t god enough to fold most of the time. And at the higher limits you should rarely bluff.

46 – Don’t Be Too Predictable

At the low limits, you can play basic poker and turn a profit. But as you move up in limits the players get better so you need to change up your play every once in a while. Don’t make big mistakes, but play a hand a different way than normal occasionally. You might only need to do this once out of every 100 hands you play to keep your opponents guessing.

47 – Announce Your Actions Clearly

When you bet, raise, or fold you should clearly state what you’re doing. It’s important that the dealer knows exactly what you’re doing so that no mistakes are made. If you don’t know exactly what an opponent has done ask the dealer.

48 – The Fish Are Your Friends, Treat Them Well

You make money when other players make mistakes. Some players make many mistakes. Poor players are derogatorily called fish. You should treat the fish well because they make you more money than anyone else at the table. Even when the make a bad play and get lucky to beat you it’s important to make the feel good so they make the same mistake later.

49 – Watch for Dealer Mistakes

Dealers are human so they make mistakes from time to time. Never give up your cards when you win until you receive the pot. Also watch for mistakes when they take rake or count the chips on a bet. A single mistake can cost you a big pot or a large amount of money.

50 – Protect Yourself from Cheaters

Every game has people who try to cheat in order to have a better chance to win. They might try to see your cards or make bets that are short. Always watch the other players to protect yourself from possible cheaters. Sometimes two or more players are working together. When this happens it’s often hard to see what they’re doing. The only thing you can do is keep your eyes open.

51 – Adjust to the Game

Each poker game has a unique make up of players and personalities. As you learn more about the game and your opponents you need to make adjustments in your game to have the best chance to win. Evaluate each game with new eyes and make the required adjustments. You may even need to adjust as new players enter the game.

52 – If You Don’t See the Fish, You Might Be One

When you play poker, the table has some good players, some average players, and some poor ones. If you evaluate the other players and don’t find any weak ones it means you may be the fish. If this is the case you need to find a different table that offers more chances to win.

53 – Rarely Limp

If your starting hand is good enough to play it should be good enough to raise with. A few hands can be played without a raise, but most players limp too often. Every time you think about limping consider if the hand is good enough to play. A fold may be a better option than limping.

54 – Use Your Position to Pressure Others

When you have position against your opponent or opponents you need to use it to pressure them into making mistakes. If it looks like they’re drawing to a better hand bet so they have to call or fold. Don’t let them have a free card very often.

55 – Force Your Opponents to Make Decisions

Every time one of your opponents has to make a decision they have a chance to make a mistake. The more decisions they have to make the more mistakes they make. And every time one of your opponents makes a mistake it’s profitable to you.

56 – Learn from Every mistake

Every time you make a mistake you need to learn from it. Just because you lose a hand doesn’t mean you made a mistake and every hand you win isn’t played correctly. Evaluate every decision you make and correct errors in the future. This is how you get better.

57 – Don’t Judge Your Play from Short Term Results

When you chase a flush draw without the correct pot odd and hit your hand it looks like you made the correct play. But if you do this over and over you lose money on the play. But if you make the right play every time you eventually turn a profit. Concentrate on the long-term results and ignore the short-term ones.

58 – Middle Pocket Pairs Are Only for Sets

When you enter the pot with a middle pair it needs to improve to win most hands. If you don’t hit a set the odds are good that you won’t win. So, you need to check and fold almost every time you don’t hit a set on the flop with a middle pocket pair.

59 – Top Pair Top Kicker Is Good, Not Great

Top pair with the best kicker is a decent hand, but it’s vulnerable to many hands. Two pair and sets have you in a bad position and many draws can beat you. Play cautiously with top pair top kicker hands.

60 – Maximize Wins

The best players learn when they’re ahead in a hand and do everything they can to maximize their wins. They bet to build the pot and put maximum pressure on their opponents. The only way to improve your long-term profit is by maximizing your winning hands.

61 – Minimize Losses

Just like maximizing your wins, you need to minimize your losses. When you’re drawing to a better hand try to keep the pot as small as possible. Always know the pot odds and get away from unprofitable situations. Check and call instead of raising when you’re drawing and fold poor hands to conserve your chips.

62 – Middle Suited Connectors Are Over Rated

Middle suited connectors offer many ways to build a hand, but the hand is rarely the best possible hand. You’re forced to play these hands cautiously which tends to win small pots and lose large ones. This isn’t a winning strategy.

63 – The Free Tables Create Bad Habits

You can play poker for free online, but these tables are filled with player making terrible plays. If you play for free too long it can build bad habits that cost you money when you play for real money. Even the micro limit tables are better for your long-term game and development than the free tables.

64 – Freeroll Tournaments Offer Small Profits per Hour

Freeroll tournaments look like a great chance to win money for nothing, but if you do the math it rarely works out to more than pennies per hour. If freerolls are the only way you have of building a bankroll it’s ok, but you should play cash game or tournaments as quickly as possible because they offer a much higher reward per hour when you do well.

65 – Walk Around Every Once in A While

You need to get up and walk around every once in a while. It helps clear your mind and gets the blood flowing better throughout your body. Sitting in one spot for hours on end is bad for your health, so move around from time to time. Even a five-minute walk will help.

66 – Sign Up for the Player’s Club

Most casinos and poker rooms have a player’s club that offers a chance to earn reward for your play. Some places pay you a set amount of cash back for every hour played and others offer free meals or rooms for your play. If you’re going to be playing anyway you might as well earn comps. This can improve your hourly profit.

67 – Alcohol Impairs Your Judgment

Many poker players like to drink, but the more you drink the higher the chance of making mistakes. You should avoid drinking too much while playing so you have the best chance to win. A single mistake in a big pot can turn a profitable day into a losing one.

68 – Know the Bad Beat Jackpot Rules

Many poker rooms offer a bad beat jackpot. But these promotions often have specific rules attached to them. Know the rules so you don’t miss out on a big pay day because of a technicality. You should also avoid talking about the jackpot during a hand because it may void your chances to win.

69 – Know the High Hand Jackpot Rules

Just like bad beat jackpots, many poker rooms have a high hand jackpot. Learn the rules and how to qualify before you start playing. The dealer keeps track of high hands in some rooms, but you may need to inform the floor person in others.

70 – Find Better Players to Learn From, Not to Play Against

You can learn a great deal about poker from players who’re better than you. But you don’t have to play against them to learn. Watch them play and ask them questions away from the table. But when you play against them it costs you money.

71 – Play Fewer Hands

On average losing poker players play more hands than winning players. Most poker players lose over time. This should be a clear indication to you that the way to win more is by playing fewer hands.

72 – Learn to Read the Board for Every Possible Hand

You never know for sure what your opponent or opponents are playing. It’s important to be able to see every possible hand from the board so you can make the best playing decisions. Possible flushes are easy to see, but many possible straights are easy to miss.

73 – Hidden Hand Value

When you have a hand that’s not easy to read it offers an opportunity for a big win. Straights on ugly boards are often hidden from your opponents and sets are almost impossible to see. A full house against a flush can be hard to see and offers an opportunity for a big win as well.

74 – Even the Pros Are Just People

When you see poker players on television it’s easy to think that they’re great players. Some of them are great, but most of them are simply poker players just like you and me. If you play against a pro or celebrity respect their game but don’t give them more credit than they deserve.

75 – Don’t Watch Television While Playing Poker

Many poker rooms have televisions on the walls with sporting events playing. When you start watching TV you miss important things happening at the table. You might miss a tell or playing tendency that can make you money later. Concentrate on the poker game when you’re playing and stop playing if you want to watch TV.

76 – Get Some Fresh Air Occasionally

Poker rooms tend to be stale places to spend so much time. Get up and go outside every few hours to get some fresh air. It’s even better if the sun is out so you can absorb some rays. Fresh air is a big part of keeping your mind and body in good shape.

77 – Beat the Limit Where You Are Consistently Before Moving Up

It’s tempting to move up in limits because it looks like an opportunity to make more money. But you should make sure you can consistently beat your current limit before moving up. Often the lower limit is more profitable because even if you can beat the higher limit your profit per hour may be lower.

78 – Never Underestimate Female Poker Players

The majority of poker player is male and many players underestimate female players. When you underestimate an opponent, it leads to mistakes and every mistake you make costs money in the long run.

79 – Older Isn’t Always Wiser

Older poker players are often considered tighter and less aggressive. But the truth is that age has nothing to do with playing ability. Just like it’s a mistake to underestimate female poker players, it’s a mistake to assign a playing style to someone because of their age.

80 – Tips Eat Profit

It’s up to you whether or not you tip the poker dealer, but you need to understand how tipping changes your overall profit. If you tip $5 an hour it’s the same as winning $5 less per hour while playing,

81 – Can You Beat the Rake?

The first big step on your way to becoming a profitable poker player is beating the rake. In order to be a winning player all, you have to do is be better than enough of your opponents to cover the rake. Be aware of the rake amount and track your results to see if you’re good enough to beat it.

82 – Track Everything

The only way to see if you’re a profitable long-term poker player is to track your results. You need to track everything you can including where you play, how long you play, what you play, how much you start with, and how much you bring home. This is also a tool you need to use to help you improve your results as you play.

83 – Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

Your skills and decisions at the poker table determine your results. You can choose to be a pleasant individual or a jerk when you play. But unless being a jerk in some way is more profitable there’s no reason to avoid getting along. You should play in the way that makes you the most money and ignore everything else.

84 – Leave Your Ego at Home

Your ego can cost you money while playing poker. When you call a bet when you know you’re beat it’s because of your ego. If you think you’re a better player than you really are it costs you money. Concentrate on playing good poker and suppress your ego. In the long run, you’ll be more profitable following this plan than otherwise.

85 – Are You an Amateur or Pro?

Professional poker players make a living playing poker. In truth, there are few truly professional players. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being an amateur, and it doesn’t mean you can’t be a winning player. But knowing the difference and understanding what each means can help you become a better player.

86 – Top Pair on a Low Board is a Trap

Often, when you play middle pairs or middle suited connectors you’ll flop the top pair or have an over pair. The problem with these hands is that an opponent may have a better over pair or at least have a solid draw to a better hand. This is another example of a situation where you tend to lose big pots and win small ones.

87 – Learn One Thing Every Day

If you learn a single thing every day about becoming a better poker player you learn 365 new things a year. This consistently makes you a better player and quickly helps you improve your profit. This same method can be used to improve any area of your life.

88 – Small Improvements Quickly Add Up and Are Compounded Over Time

When you make small improvements they not only help you immediately but they have a compound effect over time. If you get better today it helps you for the rest of your life playing poker. Keep this in mind and it can help you continue seeking improvement.

89 – Be Wary of Old Timers Playing 7 Card Stud

7 Card Stud is almost dead, but at one time it was the most popular form of poker in the world. Before Texas Holdem became popular in the 70’s and 80’s Stud was the game of choice. It was still offered in many poker rooms in the 90’s. But it’s almost never offered now. But if you play in a 7 Card Stud game be aware that the old timers may have solid skills because it’s the game they may have grown up playing.

90 – Any Hand Can Win, But Most Aren’t Profitable

Two seven is the worst starting hand in Texas Holdem, but it can win from time to time. But the reason you don’t play I is because it doesn’t win enough to cover all of the losses you have with it. Most hands fall into the same category. Concentrate on the profitable hands and fold everything else.

91 – A Chip and a Chair; Protect Every Chip

A story has been circulated about a poker player in a tournament losing all but one chip. He was able to come back and win the entire tournament. This is an almost impossible feat, but it can help you understand the value of every single chip in your stack. Protect every chip because you never know when it can come in handy.

92 – Fame Means Nothing; Profit is King

When you play poker the only thing that matters is profit. It feels good to be recognized for one thing or another, but profit is easier to spend than fame.

93 – Learn to Beat the Maniacs

Some poker players bet and raise all of the time and act like maniacs at the table. These players are difficult to compete against because they’re unpredictable and aggressive. But if you can learn how to beat them the can increase your profits a great deal. The key is remaining patient and wait until you get a big hand and clean the out.

94 – Play against the Drunks Often

For the same reason, I suggested in an earlier tip not to drink while you play poker, you should seek out games filled with drunken players. The make more mistakes and are easier to make a profit from both in the short and long term. You might not enjoy spending time around drunks, but you can enjoy spending their money.

95 – Open End Straight Draws Are Average at Best

Open end straight draws look good, much like flush draws, but the main problem with them is they aren’t always the best possible hand even when you do hit your straight. If the pot odds are correct you should play them, but use caution to avoid losing a large pot when you hit your straight.

96 – Develop Skill and Ignore Luck

When you make the right play and get unlucky you should know that if you keep making the right play your luck will turn. The deck of cards only has so many possibilities, and in the long run each will come up the correct number of times. Build your skills and you can forget about luck.

97 – Learn How to Use Semi Bluffs

A semi bluff is when you have a decent hand and the chance to improve to an even better hand. When you have this type of hand you can bet aggressively because you may already have the best hand and if not you stand a chance to improve to the best hand.

98 – Family Pots Have Big Variance, But Can Be Profitable

A family pot is one where four or more players see the flop. These are common at lower limits and they create a profitable environment for smart players. The short-term variance is big because many times a poor hand will hit the flop, but if you remain patient when you hit a hand you’ll win a larger pot than normal.

99 – Know When You’re Beat

Every bet you save while playing poker is a bet you can use later to win more money. When you know that an opponent has you beat you need to fold to save the bet for later. This is even more important early in the hand because each bet you call makes the pot bigger and makes the later bets larger. This is a skill that you can improve over time, but you need to work on it like all other skills.

100 – Tight and Aggressive Is Still Usually the Best Way to Play

When you play tight you play fewer hands than most of your opponents. This lets you enter the pot with a better hand most of the time. When you play in an aggressive manner it puts the maximum pressure on your opponents, which makes them make more mistakes. The combination of tight and aggressive play is a profitable one, so you should work towards using it as much as possible.

101 – It’s a Game or It’s a Business

If you want to be a profitable poker player you need to treat your play like a business. Track everything and use a systematic plan to improve. It’s ok if you just want to treat poker like a game, but don’t treat it like a game and wonder why you don’t win more often.


Use these 101 quick poker tips as a refresher if you’re an experienced player or as a solid starting point if you’re just starting to play. If you just learn how to use a single tip a day to improve your game you’ll improve in 101 areas in less than four months.



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