I'm going to tell you how to make money playing poker, but I have to caution you about getting too eager.
Just because you can clobber your buddies at your weekly poker night doesn't mean that it's time to sell your house and become a high roller.
The odds are good that you're going to be playing online poker, but the guidelines I'm going to give will help you rake in the cash whether you're playing in the real world or the cyber one.
Just remember to be responsible about your playing, take into account the local laws on gambling, and always know your won limits.
Here are five tips to have you winning poker right away: Practice This seems obvious, but you'd be astonished how many try to get into playing poker for money without having the background they need.
You don't just need to play a lot of poker to build your skills; you also need it to build your patience.
Making real money at poker is made by playing lots of hands, and sitting down for the long haul is a vital skill.
Learn to focus This is especially important when playing poker in a real life situation, but don't think that you can get away with giving the game anything less than you full attention.
You can't expect to win games while trying to watch House at the same time.
This one tip alone will send you soaring past most of your fellow players.
Make Money On Every Hand I don't mean that you have to win every hand.
You can't, and if you did you'd get thrown out for cheating anyway.
But you need to remember that the hands you don't win are important.
You need to make sure that every hand works in your favor, either by forcing your opponents to bet poorly, or by making sure the big hands come when you have the right cards.
Don't play every hand Generally speaking, you should only play about half the hands you're given.
The odds are such that you're not likely to get favorable cards more than this.
Now, keep in mind these good hands can come in runs.
But you don't just need to win, you need to make sure you don't lose as well.
Know Your Limitations Clint Eastwood said it best; sometimes a man has got to know his limitations.
In poker, this means you need to stay out of high limit games until you're ready to take them.
All that will get you is eaten alive.
By the same account, don't stay in too small of games either, you need to challenge yourself.
There you have it, follow these basic tips and you will start to win more and lose less.
Remember that if you want to win at poker, you need to look at the long term game, and you need to always keep your fellow players in mind.
That is real secret of how to make money playing poker.