1. Don’t Play Every Hand:
When you start out playing poker you want to be involved in as many hands as possible, but playing more doesn’t mean winning more, it usually means losing more.
2. Watch the Alcohol:
If you’re playing for fun with friends then drink is fine, but if you’re in a casino, watch the alcohol as you can start to impair your judgement.
3. Don’t Bluff Just for Bluffing’s Sake:
Bluffs will only work in certain situations & against certain people, analyse who you are playing against and how they react to bluffs.
4. Don’t Stay in a Hand Just Because You’ve Already Put Money In:
Regardless of how much money you’ve put in the pot already, if you’re sure you’re beaten, and there’s no way your hand can improve to be the best hand, you should fold right away.
5. Don’t Call at the End of a Hand to “Keep Someone Honest”:
If you really feel a player has the better hand and you’re beat, why give him another pile of your money? Those bets will add up over an evening.
6. Don’t Play When in a Bad Mood:
When you play poker, you shouldn’t do it to escape from being depressed or having a really bad day. Fellow players will sense your mood and take advantage of it.
7. Pay Attention to the Cards on the Table:
It’s incredibly important to look at what’s going on at the table. In Texas Holdem, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop.
8. Pay Attention to the Other Players:
Observe your opponents, even when you’re not in a hand. If you know if one player always raises in a certain position, and another has a poker tell when he bluffs you can use that information to help you decide how to play against them.
9. Don’t Play at too High Limits:
Don’t play at stakes that make you think about the actual money in terms of day-to-day life or with money you can’t lose.
10. Pick the Right Game for Your Skill Level and Bankroll:
You want to be one of the best at the table, not the fish who sits down with sharks. If you’re making stacks of money at a lower level game, why move?