Professional players would say that poker is not even gambling. They do not mean this literally, as clearly the wagering of money against an outcome that is beyond the reasonable control of the individual is gambling, however what poker players mean is that because they are skilled enough at the game, they can eliminate most of the risk that is a fundamental part of most forms of wagering. In short, they have a distinct advantage by playing poker.
You have at your disposal many books and strategy items available both on and offline for learning to play properly. Sklansky, Brunson, and many other well-known poker players have excellent books available. Apart from the card counting Blackjack books, where are you able to get that level of support from any other game pussy888 kiosk download? Certainly not Roulette! There is no excuse for a ‘novice’ to enter a casino not fully prepared for the challenges ahead. The new player can be full of theory (and having practised for relatively small stakes online) be nothing short of fully prepared when they wager their first chip into the live poker pot.
Joining a large poker forum will also give you the chance to analyse hands and have your opinions discussed and debated by more experienced players. Do not be disheartened if you are mocked or blasted for your ‘bad’ postings on strategy, these people who criticise may indirectly put thousands of dollars into your pocket with their good advice, however direct they are.
The fact that you are not playing against the house but other players is obviously a massive advantage. The house edge in casinos is built into the games and impossible to beat in the long term. Poker, however, you are encouraged to win because that both keeps you in the game and maintains the rake (the percentage of the pot the poker room takes out of each pot for hosting the game). If you use the correct amount of bankroll management and discipline you can win short, medium and long term. Unfortunately many gamblers by nature are not disciplined, and do not exercise sensible practices when betting, but as a good poker player you can take advantage of this inadequacy and win their money. Business is business after all.
Now, as I am sure you already noticed, this means you won’t be playing that many hands. This is where the patience is needed. You have to be disciplined and only play these hands, playing other hands at this stage of the game can get you in trouble. Don’t worry if you are not the chip leader, or even if u are in last place because your opponents chip stacks will change very rapidly (mainly because they are disciplined like you and play every hand they are dealt). When you do get dealt a hand that is playable, you should be betting big before the flop (with the exception of Ace blank suited). In a regular poker game most players would realize that you have not played many hands and are all of a sudden betting big, but with online poker most players are not even paying attention to there opponents. Many players are playing more than one game at a time and many players are watching TV or eating dinner as they play. This means that even though you have been playing tight you will still probably see some action, and if you don’t then you take in the blinds, and any won pot is a good pot.
When the table is down to 6-7 players, you can play a few other hand but should still be maintaining a very tight image. You should still only be playing very good hands but you can now also add suited connectors (i.e. 9c10c) to your small list of playable hands. You want to still be betting strong before the flop with all the hands you are playing. Your goal should be to limit your opponents to one or two, any more and you lose control of the hand, giving luck the control. Your main goal at this point should be just to make it down to 5 players with a little more than you started with, or even with what you started with. If you can do this than you are in a very good position to win the tournament.