Poker Do & Don’ts: Tips for Making your Poker Run a Success.

Poker has exploded in the last few years to become extremely popular. Tournaments like the World Poker Tour are now on ESPN. Poker has invaded every day culture. With that said, more and more people are trying their hand at the game. Usually you see a list of tips for these new players, but it is often just as important to know what not to do at a poker table as well. To help a person’s game evolve and improve we sat down with Poker Room Manager Todd Buechler to get the dos and don’ts of winning at the table.

Don’t Play Every Hand

Sure, it’s exciting to be a part of the action and stay in every hand, but let’s face it, not every hand is a good hand. Choosing to fold is making a calculated decision to manage and maximize your funds. Money not lost, is the same as money won.

 Don’t Bluff Just for the Sake of Bluffing

Bluffing is a part of the game, but it takes skill to know the perfect time to bluff as well as who to bluff against. “Oftentimes beginner players feel they need to bluff, just to bluff. They think it’s a necessity of the game,” said Todd. “In reality, no one says you need to bluff a certain number of times or even at all. It’s all about knowing who you’re playing against and picking the right opportunities.” Bluffing has always been a critical aspect of poker. As your experience playing poker grows, so will your knowledge of the opportune times to “run a bluff.” Winning a pot with nothing should be its own reward. Showing the table that you pulled off the bluff is very rarely recommended.

 Do Play at your Own Comfort Level

If you’ve been playing really well at the $2/4, you may want to move up to a $4/8 game. Just remember, generally the higher the limit the better the players. The best way to improve your game is to play with skilled players and watch what they do. However, don’t play with “scared money”. If you cannot afford to lose the chips that are in front of you, you will not be playing your best game. If the $2/4 game allows you to have fun, without sweating the loss, then you’re at the correct level. The stakes that you play for should be high enough to keep you interested, but low enough that you’re comfortable with the swings that inevitably come with playing poker. Don’t play at a higher limit just to impress someone you’re with.