Jason Alexander (American actor is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series Seinfeld) is a professional poker player and once said this: “One of the downsides of being a poker pro is that people see exactly how you play.” It is one of the best quotes in poker there is because it speaks a surprising amount of truth. Today I plan to prove that by taking a look at some great tips from the best poker players in the world…
“All serious poker players try to minimize their tells, obviously. There are a couple ways to go about this. One is the robotic approach where your face becomes a mask and your voice a monotone, at least while the hand is being played. And the other is the manic method, where you affect a whole bunch of tics, twitches, and expressions, and mix them up with a river of insane babble.” by Dan Harrington
This tip is pretty simple. Try and find your own style. Don’t copy others, don’t try to not show emotions, Let them out, but stay in control of them. When you have that killer hand it can be hard to not show any emotion, but by not showing emotion is also showing you are trying to hide something.
“Conventional wisdom nor scientific, mathematical proof of randomness in life could do nothing to deter human’s curiosity for the unknown, however, small the chance of a positive outcome…maybe.” by Vann Chow
It doesn’t matter if you have a good hand or a bad one, everyone wants to know what cards you have and that curiosity is what will help you win. So force them to know, make them want to guess, that way it won’t matter what your hand is!
“Ace-king is a fine hand. Ace-queen is a little weaker but still good. With ace-jack, you’re already sliding rapidly down a slippery slope. With ace-ten, you’ve slid down the slope, falling off the cliff and lie in the wreckage at the bottom with hands like ace-five and ace-six.” by Dan Harrington
Having a bad poker hand is OK if you are good at bluffing, but being a bad bluffer means having a good hand is essential. A good hand will often beat an OK one, but its rare for a good bluff to beat a good hand.
There are many great poker tips out there and these are just a small selection. By watching and learning from the professionals can turn just about anyone into a good poker player. But even the best poker players in the world will tell you the learning never stops.
Have you got any good poker tips? Let me know in the comments below!