Poker is a game that has gaps when it comes to information. The idea of the game is to fill in those gaps and use the overall information as an advantage. This advantage may allow a player to fold a hand that at first they thought was bad. On a similar not, the information that they have drawn from the game play may allow the player to play on with a hand that they originally thought was weak. There are hundreds of things to consider learning how to win at poker.
The first thing to consider is that as a poker player, you are an analyst. Every player and every move should be considered. Why are they making that move? Are there patterns emerging in certain levels of tournament (low, medium, high stakes)? Asking questions and identifying patterns will help a player to be more confident with their play.
Another thing that is incredibly important during a poker match is to keep emotions consistent. There are hundreds of great poker players in the world, but many of them fall victim to what we know as “tilt”. Tilt is when a player loses on a hand they expected to win on, and therefore, there emotions are sky high. They play hands they might not have done before and get caught up in pots where they should have folded. Playing based on emotion is a path that is certainly going to lead to failure. For those that get on “tilt”, it is worth taking a time out, re-gather your thoughts and then start afresh.
Playing within bankroll limits is also important. Everyone has different bankroll strategies but the reality is that a base line can be used. Even the best poker players lose sometimes. This might be down to chance or a wrong decision, either way, it happens. When it does happen, it is important that the bankroll still exists. This is why most tournament players will not use anymore than 5% of their bankroll per tournament. This means $5 of a $100 bankroll, for each tournament that they enter. Spreading the risk gives a better chance of profit in the long term.
Education is also incredibly important. There are plenty of websites, books and DVDs that focus on offering players an insight into things such as position, pot value, hand strength and general poker odds. Education is an ongoing process, so always keep reading and practicing.