Top Mistakes Made By New Poker Players

People are forever telling me I should stop analyzing everyone and everything and just relax: You think too much. You shouldn’t think so much. Relax, will you!

But there is another poker saying that is even more descriptive and critical to understand. “It takes a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.” It’s this statement that separates the master professional gaming players from the herd and keeps the pawn shops in Las Vegas and elsewhere in business.

In ’02, the Giants were up 5-0 in Game 6 of the World Series: Three Innings away from their first championship since leaving the Polo Grounds. The next 12 innings have been forcibly erased from my memory, though I do remember crying more than Blue did on the first episode of “From G’s to Gents” once the series was mercifully over.

One of the talking points in your criticisms or of your evaluations of “The X Factor” candidates is the $5 million prize. How much does that influence the final choices as you go through the talent and judge it?

Pay attention to the machines around you. Tip number three may be somewhat lacking in the ethics department, but it will definitely help your odds at the casino. Watch how others are doing at a certain machine, and notice whether or not they have been winning. If somebody has been losing for a long period of time at one particular machine, wait until they leave. When they do, jump right into their spot. Chances are greater that a machine that has not been paying out for awhile is due. Sure, this may not be nice, but winning makes gambling a whole lot more fun.

Pot draw: Once you figure this out, multiply it by the pot and the bet to figure your maximum bet. If the bet is $5 and the pot is $20, the pot bet is $25. If you have 8 outs, or 8 cards that will give you a potential winning hand, you have a 17% chance of hitting. If you have to call $5, your chances of winning the pot are about 25%. But since 17% is less than 25%, you should not bet. Pot odds are only mathematical, so if you feel that you have the best hand, you should always go with your gut.

You can exchange low self-esteem for high self-esteem. Quit worrying about how others perceive you. Live your good qualities and revel in the good and wonderful person you are. Take joy in the pleasure you give others, and your self-esteem will shoot through the roof.