Now that you have learned all the rules and tricks in poker, it’s time to start breaking those rules. As a beginner player, we warned you about some of these things – like playing less than great starting hands, raising out of position, calling big-stacked opponents, and bluffing like it’s going out of style. But now that you are seasoned, it’s appropriate to start taking some (calculated) risks.
Advanced poker is all about shaking it up a bit – doing the unexpected, confusing your opponents, and getting more creative in general. And here’s where we’ll guide and help you to really finesse your poker skills.
The two key things you’ll need to work on are still in play: a head for facts, and your feel for the game.
Know your numbers
Knowing your numbers is crucial because – it’s no secret – numbers don’t lie. As players venture out into more advanced territory, figures like implied odds, expected outs, and correct bet sizes become increasingly important. You will need to practice your number-crunching and know exactly when to bring the stats into play.
Hone your instincts
All the calculation aside, a lot of the time it all comes down to instinct. With experience, you’ll start to read your opponents, adapt your play for different situations, spot a fish or a maniac, and know when someone’s going on tilt. This will help you avoid traps, cash in on other players’ mistakes, and pick the most profitable games.
But don’t forget that the poker basics still apply regardless of how much of a poker expert you become. Manage your bankroll, stay calm and, most of all, have fun with it.
Now let’s play some winning poker.