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Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby DM101 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:26 pm

Got it from cardcartel forum.

Written By Roy Rounder Professional Poker Player

#MISTAKE #1:Playing Too Many Hands Most poker players are too loose with their starting hand selection. You’ve got to stick with PREMIUM hands... especially when you’re at a 8-man or 10-man table. Quit limping in with bad cards in hopes of hitting something on the flop. All those blinds add up... and it’s not worth it. At an 8-player table, focus on playing hands like pocket pairs, suited connectors, A-X suited, or two face cards. Leave hands like K-3, J-8, Q-2, and 10-7 alone. Just fold them pre-flop. The REASON most people play too many hands is because they want ACTION. They don’t want to just sit and there and wait forever until they get good cards. But if you want to win, you must be patient. In fact... if you’re playing good poker, you should often be bored. That’s right: BORED.

MISTAKE #2: Playing Your Position Wrong Positioning is EVERYTHING in Texas Holdem poker. Good positioning means you get to see what your opponents do FIRST before you have to act. Based on their behavior and betting, you can make an informed decision about what YOU want to do. Good positioning is LATE positioning. That means you’re one of the last to act after the flop. The most IDEAL position is the dealer (or button). The mistake most players make is playing the CARDS without considering their positioning. For instance, the way to play pocket Aces in the big blind is totally different than the way to play it in the dealer position. And that goes for all starting hands... and all positions. The basic strategy you need to know is that you want to play MORE starting hands from a later position. And you want to play these hands more aggressively. Most of your bluffs should come with good positioning too... because that’s when you’ll have the best read on the players at the table. In early positioning you want to play FEWER hands.Especially when you’re immediately to the left of the big blind (also known as “under the gun”).

MISTAKE #3:
Thinking You’re A “Natural” It’s amazing how often I hear someone say, “I’m a natural poker player...” What IS a “natural” poker player anyway? The truth is, poker is an extremely complex and multi-faceted game. It involves math, psychology, body language skills, self control, performing under pressure, and a ton of other things. The problem with thinking you’re a “natural”-- just because you’re good at reading people’s faces or something-- is that it LIMITS your ability to improve. No matter how good you are at poker, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. And in each respective area of the game, there’s ALWAYS more to learn. Not only that, but poker has been around for a LONG time... way before it started appearing on every TV station. A lot of poker strategy has been DEVELOPED. There are step-by-step techniques, tricks, and “plays” that you can use to win more money at the tables. These strategies won’t just “come to you” like a little light bulb over your head. Not a chance. Instead, you’ve got to STUDY the game, talk to other players, and be constantly LEARNING more in order to push yourself to the next level.

MISTAKE #4: Getting Too Emotional Emotional control is a big part of Holdem. You’ve got to be able to “let go” and become unattached from the outcome of the game. The REASON emotions run strong in poker is because your mixing MONEY, EGO, and CHANCE... all together. It’s DEFINITELY a recipe for some strong emotions. The key is to EXPECT IN ADVANCE that things will get stressful and intense. EXPECT that you’re going to get “rivered” and “sucked out”. The reason it’s important is because if you let go of your logic and start playing based on EMOTION, you’ll never, EVER win. Avoid TILT at all costs. It causes more poker players to go broke than any other phenomenon. Stay in control of yourself and be “unattached” to the game. Don’t let anything affect you... just remain focused on winning. Period.

MISTAKE #5:Playing The Wrong Stakes The stakes you play is what determines the SKILL you play against. And if you’re outmatched, nothing else matters... because ultimately you’re going to lose. But if you’re way better than everyone at your current level, then maybe it’s time to “step it up a notch”. Playing the RIGHT stakes is a delicate balance. I’ve found the most effective way to determine the RIGHT stakes is to calculate your profit per hour over time. The difference in your “profit per hour” at a $5 Sit and Go versus a $10 Sit and Go can be DRAMATIC. But you may get WHOMPED at the $20 Sit and Go... and lose your bankroll in a snap. Here’s an important tip... When you try to move UP in stakes, don’t be afraid to move BACK DOWN if it isn’t working. The action plan I recommend is to build your bankroll where you KNOW you can win... then move up. If you lose your bankroll, move back down and build it up again. Then move up in stakes and try it again. Repeat this process over and over and you’ll be continually improving... moving up to bigger games and more money. This process also LOWERS YOUR RISK. Follow those steps and you won’t be gambling with next month’s rent.

MISTAKE #6: Focusing Too Much On The Cards Always remember this principle: PLAY THE PLAYER, NOT THE CARDS. Ultimately, the cards determine who’s the winner for a hand... but that’s only when a hand plays out until the VERY END and all cards are flipped over. GOOD poker players hardly ever make it to that level in a hand. Because they either force their opponents to fold or fold because they pick up a read on their opponents. The only times you should be flipping your cards up at the end is when you KNOW you have the best hand and you’ve just milked some sucker for a huge pot. Get it? The PLAYER you’re up against is what you need to focus on. Not your cards. Figure out his betting patterns, his habits, his tells, his movements... EVERYTHING. And then play him like a fiddle for all his chips.

MISTAKE #7: Being Too Predictable Just as you should be studying your opponents, your opponents should be studying YOU. The biggest mistake you can make is become PREDICTABLE. When you’re predictable, you can’t win at poker. Because every time you get good cards, everyone will fold. And every time you get bad cards, everyone will bet. The key is to BE AWARE OF YOUR BETTING PATTERNS. Bet strong hands a certain way for awhile... then mix it up a bit. Do crazy things... bet odd amounts... make the same pre-flop raise for both 8-7 suited and pocket 10’s. Whatever. MIX IT UP and kill any consistencies that appear in your game.

Mistake #8: Not Knowing When To Quit Know when to get up from a table... it will save you a LOT of money over the long term. This is crucial when you’ve either just WON a ton of money or just LOST a ton of money. Because in either case, the tendency from that point forward is going to be to LOSE. You’ll either lose your profits or dig yourself in a hole deeper... but either way, it’s not good. Losing streaks suck... because they take hold of some weird part of your brain that virtually always PREVENTS you from making a comeback. No matter how determined you are... no matter how SURE you are that your “luck” will change... it’s not going to happen. You’ll lose more. So just STOP. With winning streaks, it’s the same way. Having a lot of “new money” makes it less REAL... and there’s a tendency to lose it quickly on stupid moves. So if you’re WAY UP or WAY DOWN in a game, just stop playing for the day. Go back at it tomorrow, it’s no big deal.

MISTAKE #9: Not Knowing The Odds Knowing the ODDS and PROBABILITY in poker is a standard ingredient for success. You can win some games just by being able to read your opponents and “guess” at what types of betting decisions to make... But ultimately, knowing the odds is what it takes to be a REAL Texas Holdem poker player. The good news is, you don’t have to be a “math genius” to know the odds of a hand. There are a lot of shortcuts and tricks you can use to calculate pot odds, hand percentages, outs, and other important numbers.

MISTAKE #10: Not Getting Help Like I said before, you weren't BORN knowing how to play poker. You had to LEARN it. In every aspect of the game, you've got to continually ask yourself the question, "Is this EXACTLY what I should be doing in this situation?" There are two main ways to improve your Texas Holdem poker skills:
1. Learn from experience.
2. Learn from someone who has mastered the game. The problem with experience is that it takes YEARS and YEARS-- even DECADES-- of playing Texas Holdem again and again... It's a great way to learn... but just plain inefficient. On the other hand, learning from proven strategies and "field-tested" techniques is the absolute FASTEST way to pick up the game. You can SKYROCKET your skills... OVERNIGHT... if you study the techniques and concepts developed by other players.

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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby cianopher » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:23 am

DM101 wrote:Got it from cardcartel forum.

Written By Roy Rounder Professional Poker Player

#MISTAKE #1:Playing Too Many Hands Most poker players are too loose with their starting hand selection. You’ve got to stick with PREMIUM hands... especially when you’re at a 8-man or 10-man table. Quit limping in with bad cards in hopes of hitting something on the flop. All those blinds add up... and it’s not worth it. At an 8-player table, focus on playing hands like pocket pairs, suited connectors, A-X suited, or two face cards. Leave hands like K-3, J-8, Q-2, and 10-7 alone. Just fold them pre-flop. The REASON most people play too many hands is because they want ACTION. They don’t want to just sit and there and wait forever until they get good cards. But if you want to win, you must be patient. In fact... if you’re playing good poker, you should often be bored. That’s right: BORED.


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hah this happens alot in my home games. even with raises, they call to crack (ego, in a way)
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby chenghao » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:51 am

DM101 wrote:
Mistake #8: Not Knowing When To Quit Know when to get up from a table... it will save you a LOT of money over the long term. This is crucial when you’ve either just WON a ton of money or just LOST a ton of money. Because in either case, the tendency from that point forward is going to be to LOSE. You’ll either lose your profits or dig yourself in a hole deeper... but either way, it’s not good. Losing streaks suck... because they take hold of some weird part of your brain that virtually always PREVENTS you from making a comeback. No matter how determined you are... no matter how SURE you are that your “luck” will change... it’s not going to happen. You’ll lose more. So just STOP. With winning streaks, it’s the same way. Having a lot of “new money” makes it less REAL... and there’s a tendency to lose it quickly on stupid moves. So if you’re WAY UP or WAY DOWN in a game, just stop playing for the day. Go back at it tomorrow, it’s no big deal.


Nice article you found there.
Mistake #8 Your exit strategy , When should you leave ?
There are a few exit strategies.
1) Stop-Loss/Win Strategy
I will stop if i lose more then 2 Buy Ins , If I win more then 3 Buy Ins. I will stop too
Cause if i play 1000 games and i stop everytime i reach my limit , and i reach both limits equally , i would be up 1 x 500 buy ins with this policy.

2) On Tilt
On tilt is the inability to make a rational decision cos you are emotionally involved. This can happen due to various reasons.
You can get a tilt by losing ( most of the time), winning ( starts to play wildly and lose all your profits then) , needled and playing on ego ( i am the best player in the world , i shall make a world class move by 3betting him with air) , Sit out cool down and decide if you should continue. This decision to continue or not is probably the most important.

3) When you know you are at a table you cannot beat.
Face it , you are not the best player in the world , even if you the 10th best player in the world , the only table you don't want to seat in is with the top 9 , You make most of your $$ from the rest of the world.
In our context , we make money from people you can exploit. If you can figure out their tendencies and successfully exploit them , you should stay in the game till they leave.
If you have no clue to what at least half of the table is doing , do cash out and leave as you are probably the fish.

4) when you are distressed.
Your GF/BF dumped you , you lost on world cup bets and si beh buay song , you have uncompleted projects coming up that will affect your employment , you are rushing for time and have limited time to play , blah blah blah , the presence or absence of reasons that affect the calm of your thoughts , dun play. Of course if you are scotty nyugen , pls only play when you are semi drunk

5) If you sense cheating in any form.
If you suspect cheating in any ways , cash out and leave , dun go back the same place.
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby MJFX » Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:00 am

Thanks DM for the nice article!
Seems like im guilty of all above 10 mistakes one way or another..
Good read to remind myself to minimise them.

i like the last one in particular, nobody plays perfect poker and we have to keep learning and keep absorbing. Its amazing we can learn from everyone and anyone.

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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby cse2k » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:06 am

Very nice reminder for all poker players, but I think sometimes changing styles of playing in the game from being a ABC poker player could confuse players sometimes. and changing a very aggresive player to a very tight player could really makes a big difference.
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby unknown415 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:01 pm

thanks!!!...
i hate point 9!...
any good recommends where i can study no. 9?...
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby chenghao » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:59 pm

unknown415 wrote:thanks!!!...
i hate point 9!...
any good recommends where i can study no. 9?...
>.< ...


2+2 forum , pocketfives , XXXXXX , pokerlisting , various hardcopy/softcopy books , can google for most of the ideas
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby jonasjive » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:26 am

Wow!!! Very nice read!!! ;p
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby AcesChong » Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:11 pm

agreed! enjoyed that very much, thanks DM. very insightful. I love it when others make mistake #4..it happens quite often even though it seems easy to control in theory! my mistake is often #8...haiz.
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby Norula » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:25 pm

Wow.. nice tips.. thanks.. ;)
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby mugiwara84 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:15 am

mistake #11 not lucky enough
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby Norula » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:07 am

anyone wanna get lucky.. they can try and get a bath before playing lol.. :P
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why Most Players Lose

Postby Syrecx » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:39 pm

Mistake #12 : Overplaying your Premium cards. When someone does a raise on you, most often than not, they have something. Something they think maybe stronger than you. You must stop and think twice what the feck is going on. Go through in your brain your opponent's betting patterns. If he just does that with top pair and weak kicker you know you got him in a trap. But if you're not sure fold!! Come and fight another round than commit your chips to a probably stronger hand. AA doesn't win every hand. Your opponent can be a bluffing machine, but when you have the nuts, you can win it all back in one shot. Which brings me to mistake #13.

Mistake #13: Curiosity kills you! Sometimes you can be unsure of what your opponent has and sometimes it doesnt make sense. If you don't think you have the strongest hand, FOLD! If you missed the flop altogether, FOLD! FOLD! FOLD! When you are chasing your draws, it gets harder and harder! The flop is already 71% of the cards in the game. If you don't hit on the flop, what are the chances on the turn and river? 16% then 8% respectively! So do not make the mistake for looking for a reason to call the turn/river, look for reasons to FOLD!!

Haven't posted for so long! just putting in my 2 cents worth. I felt that through experience, that's how I would think now.
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