How To Avoid Becoming The Poker Fish

5 Tips for the new online poker player – how to avoid becoming the fish

Play good starting hands.  Only play hands like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, 99, AK, Aqs until you get comfortable playing the rest. They are easier to play and don’t get you into as much trouble as the KJ, KQ etc.

Play within your bankroll. Do not take shots, play in games you are comfortable playing in. I remember when I started I played 5-10 NL one time with only 2k in my account. I was super scared, won a pot and left but I easily could have lost. I definitely was not comfortable in that game. Even today I play 1-2 and 2-4 NL and PLO sometimes because I feel  super comfortable in them.

Do not tilt. I cannot stress this enough, I believe mental stability is paramount while playing poker, especially no limit holdem. The ones with the clearest minds will definitely prevail over the long run. That’s what I accredit most of  my success to.

Learn all the games. I did this when I started out, if there were no good no limit games but a really good mixed game I would play the mixed game because I knew how. It gives you a chance to take a soft spot and exploit it, something most NL players are not capable of. I like HORSE and I think that’s a good place for people to start.

Don’t riffle chips if you are new. If you don’t know how to riffle chips in a live casino, don’t try to do it while you play. It’s hard enough concentrating on everything going on but if I see you riffling your chips and not knowing how, I’m gonna know you do not know how to play this game very well and probably play a lot of pots with you.

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