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Tips to Improve Your Poker Game

5 Tips to Improve Your Poker Game

One of the most asked question from students I coach is “What can I do to improve my game”. So I thought I would put a list together of some of the easiest things anyone can do to improve your poker game and take it to the next level.

The truth is that there are several things anyone can do to become a better player. Of course the best way to improve your game is to play, play, and then play some more. Experience is one of the best ways to get better.

Read Poker Books

This is probably the most obvious things to do and I’m sure most people have read at least 1 book about poker. They great thing about books is that you will be introduced to new theories that you may not have heard of before. Also, you can bet any serious player has probably read the same book, and now you will have a better understanding of what other players may be trying to do. Even if you only find one piece of useful information in a poker book, it will pay for itself many times over. Finding the right book can be harder now days that it use to be, so I’m going to list a few for you.

  • Super System I and Super System II by Doyle Brunson
  • Harrington on Hold’em I, II, III – by Dan Harrington
  • Theory of Poker – David Sklansky
  • No Limit Hold’em for Advanced Player – By David Sklansky

Analyze/Question every bet/play you make
This is a key concept for teaching yourself to play poker, books can only teach you so much. Before and After you make any play in a poker game, you should be asking yourself ‘why did I make that play? Below are a few simple questions you need to ask yourself while you’re at the table:

1. Why did I make that bet?
2. What do I want to happen after I make this bet?
3. What does my opponent likely think of that bet?
4. What is the range of hands does my opponent have if he calls/raises?

Of course you should ask yourself these question whether you call, raise, check, or even check raise. Poker hands are unique and should be evaluated based all available information you have up to that point. When you are constantly evaluating you game, you are improving yourself and this will show quickly with your results.

It is important to remember that you need to question every play you make whether you win or lose the hand.

Use Poker Software

Using poker software is one of the best investments any serious play can make. Not only is it a great tool for analysis, but it can also track you wins and looses so you know exactly how you are doing.

One of the best programs on the market is called Poker Tracker. This software collects your hand histories in real time and stores it in a database so you can review every stat imaginable. Positional stats, stats in the Blinds, win rate, showdown %’s, etc. using this software you can identify any leaks in your game and work on correcting them.

The other great feature of poker Tracker is that it not only keeps your stats, but it also tracks the players you play against. For cash game players this is a very important feature, and if used wisely it will you tons of money.

Poker Forums

Poker Forums are filled with people just like you that are eager to improve their game and win money. There are lots of good forums where you can post hands you have a questions on, and get tons of feedback on how you played and how others might have played. It opens up a great dialog of discussion that usually leads to a better understanding of how others view their game. Some good Poker Forums:

Get a Poker Coach

Getting a poker coach is one of the best ways to advance your game quickly. By getting a poker coach you will be committed to working on identifying leaks in your game and working hard to take your game to the next level. Coaches work with you by:

  • Reviewing your Hand Histories
  • Identifying Leaks
  • Discussing Poker Theory
  • Watching you play
    Teaching Advanced Strategy/Concepts

Finding the right coach for your game is very important and depends on your skill level and needs. If you are committed to getting better, getting a poker coach is an easy decision that will quickly pay for itself. If you are interested in finding a Poker coach, contact us at

So, we have covered some easy ways to improving your game. Just like anything else, the harder you work the more you will get in return. Above all you must make a commitment to yourself to improve your game. It will not happen overnight, and for some it will never happen at all. It all depends on what you are willing to do to succeed.

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