Poker Winning Strategies
One of the most important things is to understand the ranking of the hand that we can receive. As we will all be aware, this is what everything comes down to at the end of the game. So, before we get any further, have a look at the poker winning hands:
- Royal Flush – this had is the when we are dealt an ace, king, queen, jack and a ten all of the same suit
- Straight Flush – next is consecutive combination of same suit cards, an example would be 2,3,4,5,6 all being hearts
- Four of a kind – as the name would suggest, this is when we have a hand where 4 cards are the same value
- Full house – a full house is a combination of a three of a kind and a pair
- Flush – This is when we get any 5 cards of the same suit
- Straight – Like the straight flush, but without the need for them to be of the same suit.
- Three of a kind – Three of a kind is when we have 3 cards of the same value
- Two pairs – as we can all figure, this is when we have 2 sets of pairs in one hand
- One pair – this hand is where two cards in the hand are the same value
- High Card – Failing all of the above hands, our hand is rated on the highest value card we hold
Tip 1: Stop Trying to Play Hands
Whilst understanding how the hands rank, defining your game by trying to figure out what hand we have and what hand they have. There is only so much we can gain from the decisions they make as well as their play style or from psychological assumptions, because these are uncertainties. We may like to tell ourselves that we know when someone is bluffing, but we do not. Nothing is guaranteed, even when playing at Slotzo.
This is why we must consider our competitors range. This is to think about the potential of hands they could have. We should ask ourselves what actions they would take in those circumstances and attempt to whittle down the possibilities so we can better understand our odds of having a hand that will win.
Understanding this can also assist in playing a bluff, if we understand that they will be attempting to read our range, this can be played with to give a false understanding of what we have been dealt.
Tip 2: Have a consistent strategy
The key thing to remember is to be intentional with everything we do, losing our heads to tilt is a fatal floor. For those of you who have not heard the term tilt before, tilt is when our emotions take over and we stop playing with logic. Whilst there are some amazing stories where it has paid off, there are thousands more where it has failed people and cost them dearly. This, much like all gambling is a game of statistics, when engaging with our emotions, there is no tie to statistics at all.
Not only is it statistically beneficial to stick to a set plan, but going on tilt means that we are more likely to start showing tells. If we are alongside players who are experienced at poker, they will be able to smell it a mile off. Whether the hand says that we should be out for blood or they should. Giving away this kind of information invalidates the play. If they realise our hand is too good, there is a likelihood they will fold.
If the opposite is true then a bluff is off the cards for us and they opposition will likely attempt to bait us in by pretending they hold a low value hand. If you don’t want to implement a strategy, then play slot games instead.
Tip 3: Learn to Notice Tilt
The next thing to do once we have mastered our tilt and tells is to learn to read others. Being able to gleam what someone is thinking is a serious help when trying to understand what odds we have to succeeding. Either from knowing that we need to get out of that game, because they are holding a great hand, but also when we should be pushing to get the pot nice and big for us to take home.
Using a psychological understanding in this game can be highly effective when used in conjunction with a solid understanding of range.
For further research into the psychological aspects of understanding a persons underlying emotions. Look into Paul Ekman, who was the discover of and founder of research into micro expressions. Micro expressions are the involuntary movements that our faces make.