Thinking Like a Pro
by Bill Burton
Bill Burton is an advantage blackjack player and skilled poker player. He is the author of the best-selling book, "Get the Edge at Texas Low Limit Hold’em", available at 10% discount from theBJI online store, and the guide at www.casinogambling.about.com.
One of the things that separates the winning poker players from the losing players is they way they think when they are playing the game. Winning players take many factors into account before making a play. Some of their decisions are based on information they have observed when they are not even involved in a hand. Poker is not a game that can be won by a player who sits at the table wearing blinders. You need to open your eyes, observe, and start thinking like the professional players do.
In order to be successful you need to know a little about the way your opponents play. The only way you will be able to determine the type of player you are up against is by studying them during the game. You should spend your time observing the other players when you are not involved in the hand.
Many players will sit in a game for hours and, if you asked them any specifics about their opponents, they would not be able to give you an answer. I make it a point to watch one or two players per hand. Any player who raises gets my attention. If he is in the hand until the end I want to know exactly what hand he raised with. This will help me determine if he is a solid aggressive player, or a loose maniac trying to get some action. It is not too hard to determine who is playing tight and who is playing loose. If a raise comes from a tight player you should give it a lot more credence than if it comes from a loose maniac but if you haven’t been observing you won’t know who is who.
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