is $50, you wouldn't really want to play at a $5-$10 table.
Limit vs No-Limit Tables
Getting sucked into a drawing hand can be devastating to your bankroll at a
no-limit table. If you're drawing to the nut flush holding the Ace and another
suited card, against someone on a set, you can end up calling some expensive
bets only to miss the flush on the river. You may even end up having to go all-in
- and bankrupt. At a fixed limit table you're protected against this.
Before you sit down, take some time to watch the action, and learn about the
players. Try and spot the really loose players, the maniacs, the tight aggressive
ones. Knowing whom you're up against can prove invaluable in a showdown.
Pick your seat
Once you've got an idea of the players at the table, try and get a favorable
seat relative to the different types. You'll want the unpredictable, wildly
aggressive players on your right, so that you can get out of a marginal hand
before it becomes too expensive. Timid and passive players are great to have
on your left, as the former will fold when you bet aggressively as a bluff, and
the latter will call anything, but will seldom raise.
Have time on your side
Don't rush in for a quick half-hour session. You won't have the time to study the
players before joining the table, and, if you play a tight game, you'll probably
end up posting a few blinds, maybe having a look at a few flops, and possibly
winning a hand. More often than not all you'll be doing is adding to the pot for
others to win. Budget on at least an hour.
Be positive - but be prepared to lose
There's an old poker truism: "you can't play with scared money". Before you go
join a table accept that you may lose the money you take with you. If you can't
accept that, you'll end up playing a more timid game than you should, and if
your opponents pick up on this, they'll regularly drive you out of pots you could
win by intimidating you with their stacks. You need to play sensibly, but in order
to win, you must not be afraid to lose.
Disciplined state of mind
Your greatest ally at the poker table is discipline. Conversely, ill discipline will
separate you from your money faster than anything else. If you've taken the
trouble to learn about starting hand standards, you'll know that you'll be
folding the majority of hands you are dealt. Nothing is more frustrating than
throwing away a poor starting hand only for the flop to bring a pot-winning set,
had you held on. What you have to remember is that this will happen less often
than not - statistically you will lose money by holding on to poor starting hands
in the hope of catching the flop. You need discipline to stick to your game plan,
so prepare yourself for this before you join the table.
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