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Texas Hold'em Poker Beginner Mistakes

Although there is no fail-proof system or strategy in poker, there are still some cardinal no-no's. In this article we will review certain common beginner mistakes which you should never do. The first and most common mistake is playing hands you never should have played. Many beginner players want to stay in the game as longer as possible. This means they usually play hands that stand almost no chance winning. If you will read further into our site your hand selection is bound to improve.

Many Beginners tend to let emotions get into the game. You will have unlikely loses. You will play around the same table with annoying and obnoxious players. You will lose more than several hands in a row. Do not let this get to you. Anger will stop you from focusing and improving your game. Never get to greedy. If you are not an experienced player, stick to lower limit tables. Remember that higher limit tables bring not only more money but also a much stiffer competition.

Beginners tend to misuse poker jargon and ignore the table etiquette. Unlike in the movies, your first action is also your last. In a real poker table you can not say "I call your bet and raise you a…" this will be considered as only a call. You should use as few words as possible and state your action by the letter.

Never let superstitions take control of you. There is no way of affecting the luck factor in the game. Wearing your lucky socks or sitting in a specific posture will not turn you into the next WSOP champion. Focus on improving your game and on your in-game decision making, not your luck.

Never imitate other poker players. At best you will play several highly predictable moves and react to each situation the same. At worst you will copy bad moves from bad players or learn moves from televised tournaments that have nothing to do with your ring game. Professional player understand the intricate situation of every hand. Their moves are highly impractical for a beginner who won't know how and when to utilize them.

Duncan Pane, Editorial Staff

November 9, 2005