What Makes a Good Player?
Most beginners are told by their card players that the rules of poker are, “Stay on your cards”. To a beginner, this is quite simple, because to them, they will be playing as soon as they put down their cards. However, once they start playing, and they understand that the betting is not about trying to determine the next best hand but rather is about using the available cards to gain an advantage, this simple statement can be very confusing to new players.
Of course, if you have been playing poker for any length of time, you probably know all of the rules of poker and you can anticipate some of the actions that poker players take, but the thing is, there are many players out there who do not know what the rules of poker are or even worse, the rules are not simple enough for them to remember. So how do you tell a good player from a bad one when it comes to playing the game?
The answer is, by observing if the player is very good at seeing if the pot is right for him or her. Another way to know if a player has figured out the rules of poker is by watching to see if he or she spends a lot of time in waiting rooms with other players. In this scenario, the person knows all of the rules of poker and is so confident about his or her game that he or she wants to maximize his or her advantage by seeing if they can make that other players play against himself or herself. The other players in the waiting room know all of the rules of poker and they understand the importance of poker etiquette and the difference between skill and luck, so they always know what to do to protect themselves from such situations.
Many poker players are just lucky because they do not want to get caught cheating by the other players, so they will be willing to do anything to keep from getting caught. So watch out for those players who talk a lot about their plan and they try to play the hand that they think is the best they can have.
One other area where the rules of poker can confuse players is if the player decides to bluff or if he or she allows their opponent’s attention to wander off and just sit on the sidelines waiting for the action to come to them. The player also has to realize that poker players are human beings and humans do not really understand what is happening and what they are doing. Sometimes they may not even be thinking what they are doing or if they are doing it, they may not even be consciously aware of it.
Poker is an incredibly fast-paced game and it can be easy to lose track of what you are doing and how you are doing it. A good poker player will be very quick to notice these things and you will see them all the time.
The main thing to remember is to be able to keep up with the rules of poker and watch out for the behavior of your opponents. If you do not learn from your mistakes, you will be forced to make more mistakes.