How to Win
The object of playing poker is to win.
Sure it's nice to get together with your friends, play a few rounds and have a couple of drinks. But the object is to win.
To this aim you want to remember a few tips.
- Timid players should be to your left
Players that are call just about anything but are easily intimidated you want sitting on your left.
- Aggressive players you want on your right.
This is so you can gauge how to bet on how strong your hand is.
- Deal games that give the dealer an edge.
Check out our games section to see which games give you a little edge when you are dealing.
- Know your opponents.
Know players that play loosely (will play almost any hand), and players that are really tight (will only play premium hands) and play accordingly.
- Don't be a calling station.
Calling stations are players that will call any bet because they "have to see the hand". "It's only a quarter" is the wrong attitude when playing to win. You might get razzed if you fold with a bad hand, but in the long run it will save your money.
Don't spend more than you're willing to lose. If your tolerance is $10, don't wager $40 trying to get even.