Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Interesting Rules...

Funny how things can resonate with you. I've been playing as much poker, legally, as I can. Massachusetts frowns on actual games, so all I can do is play-money. Today over on CardSquad they were talking about Poker Beginners - Some Rules to live by.

The funny part being is that the wife and I were just talking about the first and last one in that they have bit us recently while playing in the 2k level sit-n-go's...

Practice patience above all else. Being able to fold mediocre hands consistently is very important, and will pay off in the long run. However, being able to fold strong hands when you feel you are beat is the mark of a strong player.

When you have a bad hand, just fold it. You may have hundreds (or thousands) of these a week, just let them go. If they are worth reflecting on, then set aside some time after the game to go through these scenarios.

Know your limitations when it comes to bankroll and time. Don’t stay at the table longer than is comfortable for you, and never buy-in short.

In Texas Hold’em, the first two cards dealt to you should be considered a foundation in which all the other cards will build on. Make sure you have a strong starting foundation.

If you can’t afford to lose, then you will not be playing your best game. Drop to a limit that is more in your comfort zone, or leave the tables for the night.

Never let yourself get married to a hand, always look for the possibilities that others may have gained due to the cards that fall on the flop, turn, and river.

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