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Thirty Beginners Tips (2)


In this article
  • What basic concepts you should take on board
  • Why post-processing and planning are important
  • Not putting yourself under pressure and being happy with small successes

Here are 15 more points to complete the 30 beginners tips. Try to really take each of the points here on board.

16. Summarise

When you've finished a session, check over your game. Look at the close spots and try to explain in retrospect why you chose the line you did and if a different one would have been better.

Do this in situations where you were indecisive. Do it where there was only a small difference in equity. But especially, do it where things ran well.

A small upswing doesn't mean that you don't need to work on your game and only do when it's on a downswing. Otherwise, you'll lose out on the most important experiences.

17. Think independently of the results

Thirty Beginners Tips (2) I know this is easy to say. Of course you're happy if you win a flip and if you lose a flip, you're not pleased.

This is right as well. You shouldn't be happy about defeats but just accept them. You have to play your hands well and make less mistakes than your opponents, that's your aim.

Only looking for results won't help you advance. It is for precisely this reason there are no results posted in the hand evaluation forum.

The starting hand isn't important. The line you choose and range you give your opponent make the difference.

How the hand finally plays out may be of interest to your wallet but not for your own game.

18. Don't overestimate the stats

Stats are an important factor in generally assessing your opponent.

However, you should pay attention to the word "generally". These values won't give you more than an indication at the start, don't opt for outrageous moves just because your opponent has shown a strange value at a certain point.

You should also be aware that lots of stats can only give an indication if there is a large enough sample size. Values such as Went to Showdown or the aggression factor in particular can lead you in the wrong direction, if an insufficient number of hands are taken into consideration.

Even those who don't fold to 4-bets won't necessarily go broke loose if only 1% 3-bets. Try to get an overall impression of your opponent but never overestimate individual stats.

19. Bankroll management

There are innumerous bankroll managements (BRM). Twenty stacks, forty stacks, sixty stacks. There are lots of possibilities, but only one thing is important: stick to it!

If you have the option to go up, do it. If however you've reached the lower limit, don't worry about moving down. This happens to every reasonable poker player (who isn't married to lady luck in person) and usually on a regular basis.

Don't see it as a personal defeat, it isn't.

Think about the basics, have fun, be patient, concentrate and bring your A-game. When a limit overwhelms you, then stock up on some more self-confidence and come back even stronger.

It's the only way. Don't go commiting Harikiri and put everything on one card (literally), because in the long-run, it's bound to go wrong.

20. Straight forward

A few gaming aspects are starting to emerge. Play straight forward, play what you can.

If you know that you should bet, then do it. Don't start limping aces. Don't avoid contibets if you've hit something good.  Don't start throwing unnecessary, inappropriate bluffs around, just because your horoscope says "new paths lead to success."

A sustainable, sensible and ideally, balanced game will lead you to success. And if there's a fold to your 3-bet with aces every time, then that's just the way it is.

Play sensibly, patiently and with concentration, it's the only way you'll gradually make it to the top.

21. Alternative lines

This is a mixture of point 20 and point 4.

Even if you shouldn't make the most audacious, tricky plays, you can of course still think and try to find the perfect way.

If you see a check/raise as a good alternative to a contibet, then try it. If you want to carry out a 3-barrel bluff, because you rightly assume that this is a successful line, then do it.

Once again: don't be afraid to make mistakes, try it out. However, if you do go down this kind of path then it is especially important to examine your game afterwards.

22. Bet types

Learn about the types of bet. You should always know why you're betting.

Is it your goal to bluff in order to make better hands fold? Or are you betting for value, do you want to get a payout from a weaker hand?

This may sound marginal but a lot of players don't consider this topic carefully enough and don't know why they should bet at all.  Bluff or value, that's the question here. You should know!

23. Bet sizes

If you already know why you're betting, you should know how much.

Bet sizes are decisive, as they influence your winrate enormously. You give your opponent odds, that's why you need to know what these should look like and what bet sizes you need to use for them.

These are the basics, it's imperative that you work on them extensively.

24. Odds

As just mentioned, odds are an important element of No Limit Hold’em. You'll find the basics on them here.

What odds do you get if your opponent bets? What do you need to call a flush draw? What odds do you need if you should call an all-in, that is if you need to calculate for two or even three streets?

This may not sound easy, but you'll be confronted with situations like this from the start.

25. Drawing hands

You can't get past drawing hands. That's why it should be your aim to work on them from the start.

You need to be familiar with the term Implied Odds, you can find more information here.

The following articles can help you with the basic play of speculative hands:

How do you play draws?
The semi-bluff

Initially this may seem like a lot, however it's fundamental to deal with it from the beginning.

26. Plan the theory

In connection to this you should put together a plan as to how you can develop the basics.

It's no use reading all the articles and ticking them off. Work at it bit by bit and understand what you're reading.

If you don't like something or see it differently, give us feedback in the forum. Actively take part in what's going on, then you'll take the important points on board.

Play a session, work on it bit by bit and then follow it up with a bit of theory. It'll take a little while, so again, be patient. We aren't born experts.

27. Accept aggression

Pay attention to what your opponents do and how often they do it. Take note of one principle: a bet doesn't mean a lot yet, but if your opponent raises, don't underestimate it.

Bluff bets occur regularly, bluff raises are less frequent.

28. Find peers

Try to find a partner along the way. This partner should have the same goals as you: motivate each other, develop your theory together and visit coaching sessions.

Ideally, you should watch over each others shoulders during user2user coaching sessions.

This will solve a lot of problems for you, as it's fun and it forces you into a concentrated A-game without tilt.

29. Be satisfied with your progress

One step for your bankroll, three steps for you.

Manage yourself well, set realistic goals and be satisfied when you achieve them. Going up a limit is a good thing, you can be pleased about it, no matter what limit you've reached.

Don't always reach for the stars, make yourself aware that you've still got a lot to learn. Although you should still celebrate small successes. Remember, have fun playing and reward yourself when you're successful.

If you're only aiming for the top and don't pay attention to the small successes, you won't be particularly happy either.

30. The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle says that you keep moving up until you can't keep up anymore.

It doesn't mean that you can never reach certain limits or goals, just that you might not be that advanced yet. Even if your bankroll is right, you may not have the necessary knowledge, experience, patience and coolness to jump up again.

Coolness in the sense that, despite your cunning bankroll management, you're still sitting on scared money, that is, you're still thinking about how much money you've put in the game at your table.

There can be many reasons a move up the limits fails. Try to find out what the reason is and if you can't, just be happy for now with what you have achieved.

It's not a given that everyone will play at the highest limits.


I hope this has given you a good overview of all the things you need to take into consideration to be a good poker player in the long-term.

It may be that one point is no problem for you, but another causes you a great deal of problems. As already mentioned, the important thing is simply that you recognise your mistakes and work on them. Then, hardly anything will stand in your way on your journey to the top.


Comments (9)

#1 blackaces82, 26 Jul 11 21:20


#2 JoMidas, 03 May 14 04:09

Great Overview :)

#3 toske1, 13 Mar 15 18:34


#4 mirth, 27 Mar 15 21:23

i like the peter principle. having the money for a higher limit doesnt make you ready for it.

#5 LyToLV, 10 Jun 15 17:45

This 30 tips is greait. But even in 2 weeks i got my money like 40 and i dont want to go up becose im playing only 2 weeks im not sceard of losing it becose its basecli only free money and i like to play freerols and my tickets and play more hands and learn still more. And i dont think that learn all this odds and % will gona give u some good thinking all what u need to knowe is when corectli bluff and when and how to play your hand that dosin mean u are incorect but if i knowe that i hawe AJ and a river gives me Q 9 and 5 that i canot bluff and the oponent will gona fold even if hi hawe 9 in a hand and 8. But i like all this learning and explanations but sometimes to much information is just to much and i like better to learn from mi mistakes and lok back to my hands and learn from that. Mental game takes the bigest part of the game and only then cnoleg.

#6 bubamarasr, 22 Jan 16 20:17

Read it. Thank you.

#7 RedFoxyBam, 06 Apr 16 21:23

Nice posts

#8 CroZoZo, 26 Apr 16 13:23


#9 MrKeys27, 14 Jul 18 14:16

Great article. Covers a lot of material and very helpful. Thanks !