What To Do If We're the Bad Player in a Game

Being a strong poker player is often relative. In some tables we may find that we are a strong player. However, we may also find that at a particular table we chose we end up being among the bad poker players. What should we do then?

The common mistake when we panic upon seeing that we're the worse player at the table is to select too many hands to play. The temptation here is to remain in the game, thus, we often become a willing victim of poker sharks. Staying longer in a game doesn't always mean we have more odds. If at the start we need to fold, we do so.

Then careful with the drinks. Casinos would sometimes offer us drinks on the house to make us more relaxed. Perhaps one or two shots would do to make senses sharp. But more than that is a bad way to start up the game. This would often result to loose plays, poor judgment, and also to our being the bad player at the table—if not of the hour. It's important to keep our cool especially when on the losing trend. Alcohol will just easily make us go tilt with the slightest provocation.

Never bluff unfounded. At times some players bluff to impress. These are sure ingredients for being a bad player. Bluffing may be a good factor in winning at poker, but we must understand how it figures in winning. Bluffing is appropriate for certain situations and players. Strong players that go on calling up to showdown should be left to themselves instead of being bluffed, especially by a first-timer.

Be very sensitive with the hands we're playing. We cannot play many hands pre-flop but neither can we just have any hand and stick with it. Having invested too big an amount in the pot isn't reason enough for us to stick with a losing hand. Aside from costing us more, sticking it out with a bad hand is a sure signature of bad playing, and we don't want to be labeled as such. We keep doing that, sharp players are bound to type us as such. Then we're easy prey.

In short, when we become to obvious and predictable, we become among bad poker players at the table in a game. Even if we find ourselves in a crowd of veterans, we make sure not to be obvious with our calls, bluffs, and hands.