So you’ve read part 1 of our guide to poker success by taking care of non-poker aspects of your life,
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Lately at Khelo365, we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about things that online poker players should do in order to improve their game. However, the flip side of that coin is that there must also exist habits to avoid if you want to get better at poker – and we’re shining a light on a few of those today!
Signalling your intent to bet
Something that new players often make the mistake of doing is counting chips early in order to place a bet as soon as it’s their turn. Whether it’s down to thinking ahead or impatience because the other players are taking time to pass the action on to you, this is bad for multiple reasons.
Note that I’m not talking about the standard chip-shuffling that you’ll see in just about any casino in the world – I’m talking about counting out or placing aside a specific number of chips ready for betting. Apart from causing potential confusion in the dealer and other players (as to whose turn it is), this is also bad poker because it telegraphs the fact that you intend to bet at a time when other players can react to and use that information.
Signalling your intent to fold
Conversely, advertising that you’re just waiting to fold when it’s your turn is equally bad. This is usually signalled by either looking to your right in order to fold as soon as it passes to you, or by lifting your cards off the table in preparation to throw them across to the dealer. Although this habit won’t have immediate repercussions, it will come back to bite you later on when opponents start picking up on the rounds where you don’t exhibit these little tells.
You’ll often notice a tendency in relatively inexperienced online poker players in India – when they get a strong hand, their immediate instinct is to slow-play it. Although that might be the right course of action in certain instances, it’s almost always better to play aggressively and take control of the tempo of the game. If you’ve got a good hand, take advantage of it!
That’s all for now, but come back tomorrow for more poker habits that you should stay far, far away from!