Seven Tips to Take Your Poker Game to The Next Level

Here is a set of tips that come directly from online Texas Hold’em Poker champions. 

If you are a fan of online poker, you probably know Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Masato Yokosawa, Brian Hastings, and other great Texas Hold’em Players. These guys have made more than just living by playing Texas Hold’em poker.

Learning their strategies and getting into a champion's mind is no easy thing, nor realistically possible. However, you can apply some of their tips to elevate your game to another level.

1. Always think of ranges

If one thing distinguishes an elite player from a mediocre one, then it is how they predict the opponent's hand. The average player always tries to guess the exact hand of the opponent, whereas the elite player always considers the entire spectrum of hands the opponent might have.

2. Play only your strong hands

One of the most common mistakes everyone makes is playing too many hands. Almost by default, many of those hands are pretty trashy and lead to nothing but loss. Advanced players believe that you shouldn't play more than 20% of hands in a six-person Texas Hold 'em game. If it is a nine-person Texas Poker game, then you should play 15% of the hands at most.

3. Stop tilting

Online Texas Hold’em poker is a game of ups and downs. You need to be aware of this so that you don’t get frustrated easily when you are hit a streak of bad luck. It won’t be an overstatement to say that the single biggest mistake people make is they tilt too much.

So, keep your cool when things are not looking good, and cards aren’t in your favor. Let it pass and wait for the good hands to hit you.

Some folks meditate before playing, some workout, for other guys is entirely something else. In any case, keep your cool and be patient, nothing less, nothing more.

4. Choose your opponents…whenever possible

If you want to win often and regularly, whenever possible, play against Texas Hold’em players whose VPIP is 40% or more. In the short run, they can be somewhat frustrating. But give them some time, be consistent in your play, and you can chunk out some serious money in the long run.

Know that it is no easy thing to hustle out the solid regulars that play solid games. So instead grunting with the regulars, you should focus more on the wild and loose amateurs.

5. Study your own game

After you are done playing, get back to your game so that you can analyze your moves. Take note of all the winning hands, your bad moments when you lost, and draw some conclusions from your games.It is about learning from your mistakes as much as it is about learning your strong sides. It is the easiest and fastest way to improve your game.

This is a method that is used by every professional Texas Hold’em player, online or offline. That's what those guys do when they are not sitting on the table. They analyze their game and look for ways to improve it.

6. Play as much low stake as possible

These tournaments are where you can test your strategies, style, consistency, and patience. The best thing about these tournaments is that they are packed with shockingly bad players. So yes, you need to go through very large fields. Also, the payday is far from remarkable, but this is not about all that. This is about finding your pace and elevating your confidence before sitting on tables with bigger stakes and rewards.

7. Play Texas Hold’em in a casino

Now, it's 2020, and due to the coronavirus, many casinos are closed. But when this is possible, find a low live stake Texas Hold’em game and play. Playing with folks sitting next to and across you is indispensable and will do wonders for your winning rate. It will give you a new perspective of the game, and you will find the difference when you are back in your online routine. In


As the famous Mike Sexton once said for Texas Hold’em poker - “It takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master." Hopefully, the tips above were helpful to you on your path to riches and online poker glory. But even if you don't make it to the final table of the world-series, remember to have fun and enjoy every minute playing.