Poker – How to Plasticate Your Poker Face
Are you a poker player? If you play poker, you know how to plasticate your poker face. If you don’t play poker, you probably don’t know what to do with your poker face. When you can’t save face, when you want to appear weak, and when you need to appear strong, you always appear strong. Why? Because your opponents don’t know the why and will usually dismiss your hand. If they see you beating another fairly good hand every so often, they’ll suspect they’re beat. Meanwhile, they, too, can fall for the same tricks as well.
So, let’s say you want to appear like a total rock. All you have to do is build an impenetrable five-foot tall monolithic of play. Did you know that the quickest way to make money at the poker table is to give your opponents as many weakest hands as you can? Then, when you actually have a hand, they will doubtfully call, and you’ll win more hands than you play, cash in, and leave them impressed. Here’s how you do it.
Frustrate your opponents. When you are a beginner, you are exactly the same as other players. You probably even want to beat other players, but you must first convince them that you are not one of them. How do you do this? Poker is a game of psychology.
We are all human beings, although most of us fortunately are resistant to the psychological warfare. We don’t like being intimidated or publicly shamed. Yet, we must fight freebonus poker sign ups for not paying up or for showing and telling everyone how good they are in poker. Only by constructing a psychological alter-ego can you really kill the competition.
The most effective way to do this is to show weak hands. It doesn’t matter if you fold or raise, or go all-in. As long as you confirm you have a weak hand at the outset, your opponents won’t recognize you. When you play timidly, you’re more likely to get called or re-raised. When you bet large amounts of chips, you intimidate, your opponent won’t fold – he’ll see this as an indication of your strength. When you raise, the opponents will expect you to have a very strong hand, so they’ll fold.
After you’ve established yourself as a tight player, you can play more aggressively. When you bet, your opponents will fear you, and probably still fold some about you. But when you call, they’ll have to think long and seriously about what you could actually have before they make their move. They may decide that their likely loss is worth the risk of calling – they may fold eventually, but just not before you take out a few of their competition.
At this point you may be saying ‘Wait a minute, I’ve been playing weak cards all along’… Yes indeed. That’s one of the main reasons why most players lose poker. They are playing at the wrong time, or are not being selective enough with their hands. When you are playing professionally and winning, this little skill can be very easy to exploit. Read my other articles on how to play better and win at Texas Hold Em Poker.
Let me repeat, only play when you are playing with strong hands, play in a selective manner and be selective about the pots you play in. Here’s another piece of advice, always play with your disposable income, you don’t have to invest your hard earned cash into poker or other gambling. If you can’t afford to lose, don’t play in a poker room that’s asking you to deposit huge sums of dough. By risking your disposable income, you are not only displaying confident bluffing, you are also deterrenting your opponents from seeing and learning your moves.
So, if you want to be a better poker player, quit looking for some miracle poker system that ‘guarantees’ your success. Such systems are based on nothing more than false hope and hype – they ‘teach’ you how to play poker better, but it’s all based on flawed logic. There are many solid poker players out there that make a very nice living purely by playing poker online, check them out in free poker room and even on some big poker sites. Why are there no online poker stars? Because they don’t play for poker fame and for Dewavegas.
It’s actually quite easy to tell if you are indeed a bad poker player if you are constantly losing. All you have to do is keep doing the same things over and over again and luck will not sweeten your meter.
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