Shut Your Mouth at the Table - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 8

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Published on 7 October 2014 by Pokerlistings 6290
One really common way beginners suck at poker is by inadvertently giving away information about their hands. This beginner poker strategy video will teach you why it's important to keep your mouth shut while you're in a big poker hand to make sure you don't give away important info my mistake. Strong live players are really good at making reads based on how you're acting, and the most dangerous thing you can do is talk too much while you're in a big hand. As your poker game improves you'll learn how to spot tells from your opponents but for now it's more important not to give them away yourself. You need to learn how to act the exact same way whether you have a monster or a stone-cold bluff and the first step is to keep your mouth shut. Good players just want to get you talking so they can gauge your comfort level. If you're relaxed and talkative it's likely you have a strong hand. If you clam up all of a sudden after making a big bet chances are you're bluffing. The best way to protect yourself is by acting the exact same way in every situation. It's really helpful to have a rehearsed routine you can follow to make sure you don't give away any information by mistake. That routine should start by never verbally engaging your opponent, no matter what they ask you. It's perfectly acceptable to stare straight ahead and keep quiet after making a big bet or raise so don't worry about being rude. If you watch poker pros on TV you'll notice a lot of them do the exact same moves every time they bet. Find a position that's comfortable for you and focus on returning to it after every action. Concentrate on breathing evenly and keeping your hands and feet still. In the next episode of How Not to Suck at Poker we'll show you why it's really important to keep detailed records of your wins and losses.
Presenter: One really common way beginners suck at poker is by inadvertently giving away information about their hands. Strong live players are really good at picking up tells based on how you are acting and the most dangerous thing you can do at the poker table is talk too much, especially when you are involved in a big hand.

As your poker game improves, you'll learn to pick up poker tells from your opponents but for now it's way more important not to give them away yourself. You need to learn to act the exact same way whether you have a monster or a stone-cold bluff and the first step towards doing that is keeping your mouth shut.

When you start playing live poker you're gonna run into this right away. You'll make a big bet or raise and your opponent will start asking you questions.

Man 1: Pack of sixes or pack of fours? Which one is it?

Man 2: Wow! He's the best.

Man 1: Pack of sixes or pack of fours?

Man 3: Take your pick.

Man 1: Pack of sixes or pack of fours? Which one?

Presenter: He might ask about your hand or whether you'll show if he folds. Or he might even ask you something totally unrelated. Good players just wanna get you talking so that they can gauge your comfort level. If you're relaxed and talkative, there's a better chance you have a strong hand. If you clam up all of a sudden chances are you're bluffing. The best way to protect yourself is to act exactly the same in every situation.

It can be really helpful to have a rehearsed routine that you can follow to make sure you don't accidentally give away any information. And that routine should start by never verbally engaging your opponent no matter what they ask you. It's perfectly acceptable to keep quiet and stare straight ahead right after making a big bet. So, don't worry about looking rude. After getting used to not talking, focus on controlling your physical movements.

If you watch poker pros on TV, you'll notice that a lot of them do the exact same moves every time they make a bet. Find a position that's comfortable for you and focus on returning to it after every action. Concentrate on breathing evenly and keeping your hands and feet still. If you're all in and your opponent is deciding whether to call, just relax and think about something completely different. We recommend reciting the words to your favorite song inside your head until your opponent's made a decision.

On the next episode of How Not To Suck At Poker, we'll explain the importance of keeping detailed records of your wins and losses.