14 Beginner Poker Tips – Avoid These Costly Mistakes (2021)

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Here are my top 14 beginner poker tips that you absolutely need to know for today’s games.

These are the top beginner poker tips that I wish I knew about when I was first starting out in poker.

You can save yourself some serious time, and money, by avoiding all of the same beginner mistakes that I made!

The 14 beginner poker tips that I mention in this video will help you quickly starting creating consistent profits for yourself at the poker tables.

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Here Are My Top 14 Beginner Poker Tips – Avoid These Common Mistakes

1) Be Selective With the Hands You Play

You must play relatively tight in order to consistently win as a poker beginner.

2) Be Aggressive With the Hands You Play

You must play aggressively both before the flop and after the flop in order to beat small stakes games.

3) Play Against Bad Poker Players

This is probably my most important beginner poker tip of all. You must play against bad players in order to win.

4) Don’t Bluff Too Much

Try to avoid bluffing too much versus all the bad players

5) Make Lots of Value Bets

You need to be betting any time you have a good hand like middle pair, top pair or better.

6) Play Within Your Bankroll

Make sure you have at least 30 full buyins if you play cash games or 100 full buyins if you play tournaments.

7) Make Sure You Know the Poker Hand Rankings

It is extremely important for poker beginners to know the poker hand rankings by memory.

8) Don’t Chase Draws Too Much

An important beginner poker tip is to avoid chasing flush draws and straight draws too much. Sometimes you should just fold.

9) Don’t Play High Stakes

If you are a poker beginner you should avoid high stakes games.

10) Don’t Play Too Many Poker Tables

If you are brand new to online poker I would recommend playing just one table for now.

11) Know Your Position at the Poker Table

One of my top poker beginner tips is to always know your position at the poker table. The button is the best spot to be!

12) Use a Poker Tracking Program

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13) Invest In Your Poker Knowledge

You can quickly improve with poker books or poker video courses (my recommended ones below).

14) Have Fun!

It is important to always remember why you started playing poker in the first place, to have fun!

Don’t ever let the bad beats wear you down.

My top beginner poker tip is to always have a smile on your face, because poker is a crazy, but fun, game 🙂


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