You can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to poker, and especially when it comes from the internet. A quick search for “poker tips” will yield thousands of results, but not all of them are necessarily true.
In this article, the experts at Casinos by M&M break down some of the most common poker myths, and the actual truths behind them…
This myth often discourages new players from trying their hand. While skill is certainly involved in the game of poker, a large amount of hands are decided by Lady Luck. Over the long-run, the better poker players tend to win more, but in the short-term everyone is subject to statistical variance. Ever hear of beginner’s luck?
We don’t even know where this one came from, but we see it often. Checking and calling is the best tactic to use when your hand isn’t quite good enough to raise, but not bad enough to fold. Players who constantly check may be labeled as amateurs, but it can be a very profitable tactic against over-aggressive opponents who like to bluff.
Hollywood has fooled many people into believing that you need to be a card-counting genius to excel at poker. This simply isn’t true, especially at the casual level. You should learn how to calculate basic odds and bet amounts, but a good portion of the game is based on instincts, your ability to read other players, and dumb luck.
Don’t let these common misconceptions scare you away from the great game of poker!
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