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Betting to gain knowledge

Betting is not always because you have the best hand. Top players use various betting techniques to try to gain information. For example, a defensive bet is one that you can use early on to avoid calling a bigger future bet. A re-raise may be used to probe the credibility of your opponent?s hand.

Know When to Fold 'Em

Learn how to fold a hand, and don?t be a calling machine. Many beginners keep betting regardless of the board or what their opponent?s actions are suggesting. Top players frequently say it?s the hands you can lay down that are often the key to profitable play.

Your 'Outs'

Outs are simply the number of cards that will improve your hand. Count your outs, multiply them by two, and add two, and that's roughly the percentage shot you have at hitting.

On Betting a Great Hand

If you land up with a marvelous hand, and you are sure to bet; don't bet an enormous amount at the beginning. Your goal must be to allow others to think they have a chance to win. They will bet some money and you can gradually raise your bets and eventually take it all.

Approach gambling realistically.

You cannot force a winning outcome and don't expect to win every time. Decide on a plan that lets you play in sessions or intervals, closing each session once certain criteria are met, and don't aim to win each one of them. Remember, what matters is the overall net profit result.

Poker Psychology

A good player is not a self-centered player. He may be the biggest SOB you know. He may not talk about care about anyone but himself and may enjoy stealing food from the poor. However, when a poker pro walks into a poker room, he always empathizes with his opponents. He tries to think what they think and understand the decisions they make and why they make them.

Changing Gears

Unpredictability can be good. Most pros can figure out a really loose player by waiting for the nuts and being patient. However, an even easier opponent is a tight player or ?rock?, who plays only the Group 1 type hands. You need to change your game up, and let them see that you can run bluffs, and can play some lower value starting hands. These changes should be subtle.

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