When beginning to play poker, the rules can be a bit overwhelming. Many players are labouring under a number of misunderstandings in terms of how poker is played in the first place. With this in mind we will endeavour to outline a few ways that players can learn to play successfully, and perhaps see some wins.

The first thing to bear in mind is the mental state a player is in when they first go to a game. Poker is a game about concentration, and playing when mad, sad or drunk can be very detrimental to a player’s focus. A loss of focus will be noticed by other, more experienced players, and they will make use of this. For new players, too, it is important that they watch the cards, the dealer and the other players in order to get a feel for the way the game is played and how other players react to different situations.

Contrary to popular belief, poker is not about bluffing, nor is it about playing every single hand. Especially for beginners, both of these should be avoided, and players should find themselves actually folding their hand more often than playing. This will give them ample time to study the rest of the game play and learn how to make good decisions.

Of course there are numerous poker strategies that can be employed, and these will come with time and practice a lot further down the line. These will also depend on the poker variant that is being played, with rules differing between Texas Hold’em, Three Card poker and HORSE, read more about this right here.

At the end of the day, as with all new skills, poker takes time and practice to master. But bearing these simple rules in mind, proficiency should come a lot faster.