Have you ever walked by a poker table in a casino and thought to yourself, "I know I can play with these guys." ? Then you just kept walking because you felt a little intimidated because you are not familiar with all the little intricacies and etiquette of the game. Knowing even the most minuet ways around a poker table can make you feel more at ease with yourself and allow you to concentrate on your game plan and strategy. Here are a few simple rules of thumb that will allow even the newest of players to the poker game to feel a little more at home while sitting with some of the most intimidating people in the world.
Rule 1. Tempo
Inevitably during the course of any poker game you are going to be forced into making a decision that will alter your position at the table. With the outcome of this hand you will probably become the chip leader or the short stack. This is the time to put your thinking cap on and start "mind grinding". This is the time when you need that extra time to make the correct decision. On the flip side, not every hand is a life altering choice. There is no need to sweat it out over a 10-4 off suit in the first position, pre-flop. Keeping a good solid pace of play will allow for two things to happen: The first being that the other players will lose one whole "tell" from their check list. How quickly or slowly you play each hand is one of the first signs of a strong or weak hand. Keeping your tempo and speed of play consistent will not allow the other players to pick up any signs of strength or weakness. Second, nobody likes the slow over dramatic player. Being that player frustrates other players, and not in a way where you get them to go on tilt either. You will wind up being the target of a few jokes and more than likely end up on the wrong end of some nasty comments.
Rule 2. Courtesy
As was mentioned in rule 1, people may say or do some things to another player because he or she is playing to slow... [continues]
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