Poker Tips from the Pros

Andy Bloch

Watch you opponents not your cards.

Never look at your cards before your turn to act. Instead, watch your opponents and see if you can predict when they will fold. If you’re fairly sure that some of them are going to fold, increase the number of hands you raise with. If you think one of them likes their hand, tighten up your raising requirements.

Andy Bloch is a two-time World Poker Tour finalist and game theory expert.

Erik Seidel

People are too quick to give themselves credit for being experts before they have really developed their skills. Many of us tend to give ourselves more credit then we deserve. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner, the best way to learn is to approach things from a fresh perspective without adding our own ego to the equation.

Erik is a six time World Series of poker champion and one of the world’s best high limit players.

Greg Mascio

Don’t Limit Your Wins.

While in the midst of a winning session, some players end that session early simply to “book a win.” If you’re playing well and running good, try to carry on and turn a small profit into a big win. Reverse the steam process – steam forward.

Greg is an accomplished high limit Omaha High/Low eight or better player.

Phil Gordon

The goal of poker is simple:

When you have the best hand, get your opponent to put as much money as possible into the pot. When you have the worst hand, put as little money as possible into the pot.

Phil is a World Poker Tour Champion and Host of Celebrity Poker on Bravo.

Howard Lederer

Avoid Steaming With Money Management

When you sit down at a table, you need to stick to a budget. I suggest that you buy-in for 30x the big blind. If you are in a $1-$2 game, you should buy-in for $60. That way you give yourself a chance to play, but if you lose your stake, call it a night.

Howard is a two-time WPT winner and holder of two World Series of poker bracelets.