Tip: The Flush Tell

Here’s a tip that helps you identify a very common tell among players in a Texas Hold’em game, particularly against recreational players. Spotting tells can help to give you more information, which can help you make proper decisions.

When a third card of the same suit hits the board, watch the other players who are still in the hand. Frequently, players will go back and check their hole cards to verify suits. In an earlier tip, I mentioned the importance of remembering not just the ranks of the cards in your hand, but the suits as well. Many players don’t do this. They remember Ace-nine off-suit. When three diamonds hit the board they wonder if (and hope) that their Ace is a diamond or perhaps the nine is a diamond.

The information that you can get in this moment can be huge. These few pieces of information can make all the different in your Bandarqq game. First of all, if a player looks at his cards at this time, you can be almost assured that they don’t have two cards of the same suit. This also means that they don’t have the flush at this point. How do you know? If someone is playing suited cards they remember their suit. If they have the flush, they know it. Just beware of the strong player who knows you’re looking for this and looks at his cards just to throw you off. Knowing this information, combined with what you already know about the player and the current hand, you can often put them on an exact hand much easier. You can also bet your strong non-flush hands against these players without the same concerns that they may have made the flush. Additionally, when they look at their cards again, you can often get even more tells.

Pay attention to those players who have to re-check their hand when three-to-a-flush hits the board. You’ll be surprised just how frequently this happens and helps. Just don’t be one of them; memorize your cards, including suits (see tip #4).

Tip: Support

I do not know of one good poker player who is naturally talented at the game AND does not ever seek the opinions, guidance, or support of others. It is easy to think of poker as an individual accomplishment, something you do on your own. The truth of the matter is that every successful player can attribute some of their education, success, and confidence to others.

First, you need someone who can support you emotionally. The game can be stressful at times. You can experience periods of bad luck, bad beats, or bad environments. You need someone who knows when you are struggling with confidence or anger. This doesn’t need to be a poker player. Hopefully, you already have a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend who lends this type of support. Without it, you are in greater jeopardy of gambling addiction, depression, a big ego, and poor play.

Secondly, you need someone who can critique your play. If you have reached a point where you feel you have nothing more to learn about the game, you have likely also reached a point where you will start losing more. There are many levels of thinking, understanding, and strategy to the game. There are many types of players. The tournament fields are always changing. Additionally, your own play can change based on many influences. Sometimes this is good and necessary adaptation. Other times this could be holes in your game or failure to adapt properly. Having someone with whom you can discuss, debate, and analyze hands or game theory can be essential to helping you pinpoint weaknesses.

Finally, you should learn what others are learning. There is a great deal of material available, such as books and DVDs. Not only can you learn something from these resources, but you can also get an idea of what other players are learning. Information is a powerful tool in the game of poker. Study up.