Free Online Poker Lesson On What The Word Poker Truly Means And How That Can Help You Win More

February 18, 2011

Whether you play poker online free or money games have you ever stopped to think about what the letters in the word POKER might mean? While the truth is that it most likely comes from an old German or French word I’ve thought of a new interpretation based on the letters that is perhaps more suited to modern times and relates to how you should approach poker game play be it a fun free online poker game or WSOP final table stuff! Read on and you might just be playing poker in a better way.

P – Positive attitude
A positive mental attitude is fundamental to success in poker. You must play with the belief that you should win and be able to make it happen. Believe that you have a good hand and bet accordingly.
Just waiting and hoping to get a nice pair of aces hardly helps in poker, and when you do get them you might be defeated by a pair of twos. If you play with the wrong attitude, then other players will know that soon and force you to fold by raising the bet.

O – Opportunity
So you are positive and you have a decent hand, now you must take every opportunity that presents itself. When all the cards are on the board and you know you have a good hand you need to bet in order to maximise profit.
It’s no good if you win a hand and get pennies. So keep raising the stakes and win big. Strike when the iron is hot.

K – Knowledge
Real knowledge about poker and being able to figure all the different hand combinations that you can make. Truly this can be hard to master and you also need to be able to predict as best as possible what cards other players might have based on what you have and what is on the board and how they are acting.
It’s all about experience and the more you play the more you learn. Once you have played enough hands you will be better at judging your opponents. Not only that, you will also be able to bluff and win (sometimes) even if you have a weak hand.

E – Eliminate
Once in a while you will get a pair of aces and what you need to do is make sure that you win. Your aim is to eliminate other players with weaker cards by raising the bet significantly, and forcing them to fold.
If there are too many players on the table then one of them is sure to have some luck with the cards that open at later stages. If not taken out initially that player could end up with a straight or flush and your aces are no match for that.

R – Realize
The final step is to realize what the other person might have and bail out early. It happens a lot of times that you bet hoping that a card you need to complete your straight or flush will come on the flop, turn or river but it never does. You keep on betting and lose money or lost of chips in free poker games. In these situations only continue if the amounts are small, once the bet is raised its better to fold.

Conclusion – Poker is not like other cards games where the best cards win, as you will know after you’ve played just a short time you can easily lose even with the best possible hand. Another way to describe this, in a sort of math way is: cards + timing + your player skill + opponents skill diced with a large dollop of probability (luck for the uninitiated) mixed in = result.

Poker is a nasty game at times, to keep your sanity and improve your winning keep in mind at all times that it is a game and you will not always win. As with any sort of gambling do not spend money that you can’t afford to lose and, if you have no money to lose or  are new and want need to learn how to play poker for beginners start off by only playing free poker games in order to improve with no risk of loss and also at free sites you can often win bonuses that you can cash in on cash poker sites and use in micro and then mini stakes money games.

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