Check out the below on what we think are some of the most important aspects of the game, and our tips to help you improve.
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Patience is a Virtue! Sometimes in a poker tournament you just hit that run of cards that can only be classified as a dead run. How many times do you want to get dealt 8,3 off suit? During these times it is important to remember to maintain focus and your patience as playing raggy hands just because you're bored will only get you into more trouble than it's worth.
Always be positive! When you play poker, you shouldn't do it to escape from a bad day. You start out on tilt - playing emotionally, not rationally - & you won't play your best. Likewise, if during a poker game, you lose a big hand or get sucked out on, stand up & take a break until you feel calm later on. Players will sense your mood & take advantage.
Keeping Honest? A lot of players look at a players final bet, look at the hand, say "I know you've got me, but I'm keeping you honest," as they final call. It may be worth it to see if a player really has the hand & you're gaining info that will help you, but if you feel he what he's representing & you're beat, why give him more of your chips?
Pot committed? A mistake is to think "Well, I've already put that much in, I have to stay in." You can't win a pot by throwing money at it. It may be that pot odds warrant a call, but if you're sure you're beaten, & your hand can't improve, fold. The money you've already put in the pot is gone, & you can't get it back just by playing to the end.
Bluffing! A lot of beginner's know bluffing is a part of poker, but not how to. There's is NO rule that one must bluff or at all, but players may not feel like they've won unless they've tried a bluff. Bluffs only work in sometimes & against some people, & if you know a player always calls to the showdown, it is literally impossible to bluff. It's better never to bluff than to bluff "just to bluff."
Folding isn't a weak play! Probably the number one mistake beginning poker players make is that they play far too many hands. When you're just starting out playing poker, you want to play poker, and that means staying in hands that aren't very good just to be part of the action. But playing more doesn't mean winning more, it usually means losing more. If you find you're staying in half or more the hands you're dealt, you need to upgrade your starting hand requirements.
Avoiding Busto Status! Going bust as a poker player is something all but a small minority of poker players have experienced. The key to avoiding going bust and becoming an exceptional poker player is good Bankroll Management.
Health Tips for Big Day Events! So you've qualified for a State Champs or the Main Event? Then you need to know that doing well in big tournaments is also about preparation. Most of our Major Events can exceed 12 hours in duration and to ensure you're up to scratch players should ensure that they; get at least 8 hours sleep the night before, remain well hydrated and eat properly before the big day and during it.
Spend Cards! Want more chips at games? Then support your venue that supports APL. Purchase food and/or beverage from your local and you will be rewarded with passport stamps. Once your passport is full you can redeem this for bonus chips at appropriate times!
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Poker has its own language! If you're new to poker then some of the terminology may frighten you. Check out the APL glossary of terms so you're up to speed on what the Button, Big Blind, Cut Card, Flop, Turn and River really mean!
What does GTD mean? Sometimes in our event description you will find three letters - GTD. What they mean is that the prize or prize pool for this tournament is Guaranteed. No matter how many players turn up to play this event the GTD prizes will be awarded.
Starting Selection! Hand selection is key for beginning players; here are the top 10 starting hands and as a beginner you should be looking to only play these hands: AA, KK, QQ, AK, JJ, AQ, KQ, AJ, KJ and AT. Sometimes in early position you may even want to avoid playing KQ, AJ, KJ and AT as you will often find yourself outkicked if you hit a pair.
Position, Position, Position! Hold'em is a game of information; The player with the most information on opponents generally wins the most! So position is an important factor to consider, the later your position to act is the more information you will have about the table. The dealer button is the most premium position as the majority of players have to act before you preflop and all have to act before you post flop. Therefore you can make the most correct decision simply by seeing what everyone else at the table is going to do before you.
Hand Strategy: Always keep one step ahead of your opponent. Texas Hold'em can be quite a bit like chess; you always need to have a plan of action and know exactly what you are going to do if your opponent checks, bets or fold! Every move you make now can pay off three fold later if you always have a plan!
Poker Etiquette: Poker may be a game of psychological warfare, but there is etiquette involved when you are seated at an APL poker table. Always remain polite and respectful of other players, do not use foul language and never make derogatory comments towards a fellow player or about their play!
APL Promotions! The Australian Poker League prides itself on great promotions and prizes. Each season players win hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and cool prizes. From sunglasses to key rings, chipsets to hoodies - the APL is always on the lookout for cool final table prizes. Email us with your best prize ideas.
Know a good thing when you see it! When you first start playing, it's enough just to remember how to play and pay attention to your own hand. But once you've got that down, it's incredibly important to look at what's going on at the table. In Texas Hold'em, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop. Make sure you notice flush & straight possibilities.
Leaderboards: Did you know that there are Leaderboards at almost every level of the APL competition? There are event, venue, region and state Leaderboards. Keep an eye out to see how you are faring.