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* In Texas Hold 'em, make a decision after two cards whether or not you want to be playing the hand. There are rankings for the first two cards and when they can be played, here is an example [holdempoker.com ]
* Emotional control is probably the biggest factor between winners and loser in our games. The biggest reason people I play with end up losing big is because they go "on tilt." They are so numb after losing say $50, that loosing another $50 doesn't really register to them. They get frustrated and keep trying to draw out hands that have no realistic possibilities. Next thing you know they're down $200 for the night. If you are in a bad mood, or are really frustrated, it's time to step away from the table to regroup.
* Most people play hands that they shouldn't be playing ... in hopes to "draw" something out
The book "Thursday Night Poker" is a good book for people who like playing poker for fun w/ their friends.
Best of luck!
Be like KGB..."I'll bet it all!"...LOL:)
But surprisingly, when bluffed well, this will win you the pot of the night.
[caution: last time (actually last week) I tried the KGB, my bluff was called sick nasty:)]
The gutsiest thing I ever saw him do was in a game of five-card draw. He threw away part of a full house to suck someone in for an extra $50. His opponent drew one card. He had three kings and a pair of tens. If he stayed pat and raised, he reasoned, his opponent might fold. Since the odds were that his three kings would probably beat whatever the opponent drew to, he threw away a ten.
A couple of things I learned...
- In stud poker, always fold if you're beaten by what's showing...
- Checking and then raising might be good strategy in an aggressive game, but it sures ticks off people in friendly games.