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J. MIchael Egan
Poker, what a strange & torturous game that we love. As you all know I have taken my share of bad beats like we all have but when everything lines up right & you get on a roll there is electricity that runs through you. There is nothing better than winning but of course winning comes few & far between. Even Hall of Famers such as Johnny Chan & Doyle Brunson have won only 10 W.S.O.P bracelets, you say only well yes only because they entered hundreds if not thousand tournaments.
There are many ways you can improve your odds of winning, reading books, watching videos, even watching one of the many poker events on television, but the key is to implement things you have learned.
One of the major mistakes I see made is that people donít watch the other people at the table, donít understand & try to pick up on patterns and styles of play. One of my favorite quotes about poker that highlights this is:
" If, after the first twenty minutes, you don't know who the sucker at the table is, it's you. " ~Author Unknown
Studying you table, this is something that should be done much more especially when you are not in the hand, this is when you can get a free education and really pick up on little tells or betting patterns that may help you down the line. There are many styles of play (i.e. http://www.pokersherlock.com/player-profile.php), itís your job to figure out what each player is at your table, if you choose to ignore or not do this it is only going to be detrimental to your chances of winning. I agree there is an element of luck involved in poker but there is a reason why the best players rise to the top more often that not.
In review make sure you take the time to study the players at your table and place each one of them in a player profile that I linked you too. This will give you a better chance of winning the big pots! All the best luck to you!
If you have any ideas for upcoming articles or subjects to discuss please feel free to email me @ Prezbadbeats@cox.net. May your chip stacks be high & your loss low, good luck at the tables.
Article by: The Prez. of Bad Beats