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No Costly Mistakes to be done

This is very obvious that any minor mistake can prove it to be costly. We sometimes don't realize it when we are making the mistake playing poker games – otherwise, we wouldn't do it.

So how do we keep from making mistakes if we don't notice ourselves making them?

The recommendation which we would give is to constantly monitor yourself for mistakes in your respective plays. Anyway, before making any move at the stud poker table,ask:

Am I making a mistake?

More and more practice is required to identify any minor mistakes. Practice before taking any action at the poker table.

If what you are about to do isn't a mistake, then go ahead and do it. If you think that it is a mistake then don't do it. Keep yourself away from making mistakes.

On the contrary, if you realize that it is a mistake and then go ahead with the move, with some excuse for why you did it, then you would better work on your discipline.

Suppose you are having a four-flush at fourth-street in 7-card stud. You have seen four of your needed suit in other player's upcards. What to do? Your mind says, “There are too many of my suits out, what's use. Still I'll go for it. Next time I'll make it much better.” Next time it will even be easier to slip.

Remain discipline. Train yourself until it becomes automatic to ask the question, “Am I making a mistake?” By doing this, you keep your discipline strong and intact. Your motivation is the knowledge that the consistent winners at poker are the players who make the fewest mistakes. Solid, mistake-free poker helps to get most money at these low and medium limits. We shall look at some common mistakes made by regular poker players.

Let's examine calling in very early position on third-street when the only value to your hand is big overcards to the board. You usually want to play a hand like this from late position against one player. If you think on playing it from an early position, forget about calling. You will end up with too many rivals. You would better raise so as to knock out the players. Your best chance of winning is to eliminate the straight and flush draws and then pair up a big card, higher than any pair your rival could be holding. That's basically the only reason to play a hand that has only high cards as its value.

The mistake of entering the pot with a small pair and low side-card at third-street

The improvement with the small pair and low side-card is to make trips. You can't make two big pair because you have no high cards to pair.

The major mistake being done by the players is that they continue to play with their small pair or small side-card. Threes and sixes isn't much of a poker hand at medium or lower limits. About the only hand they will beat is one pair.

Another mistake: Playing when your cards are dead. By now you would have a full idea of the value of a hand with live cards as opposed to the same hand without live cards. Like hold'em is a game of big cards, seven-card stud is a game of live cards.

The next mistake is not stealing the antes at every opportunity. In any game with an ante, if you are stealing, you are falling behind. Refer to ante-stealing.

Checking dark on the end when you are on a flush draw is also another mistake. Players who check on seventh-street without looking at their last card do so mostly to stop someone else from betting. You find problem because of lack of information. You might bully a rival into checking along then you look at your last card and see that you have made your hand. You missed a bet. If a strong rival makes any kind of a hand he is going to bet. Now you are bullied by him. You need to decide whether he bet because he made a winning hand or because you have shown weakness.

Also allowing your ego into the game is the mistake. If one player raises on early street the other player re-raises. Not because of the value of the hand but because he doesn't like his rival. Later you will see one of these players is going to be kicking himself in the butt for ever having gotten involved in the hand. The other player will feel proud of his brilliant playing.

Ego tells every poker player that his wins are because of his greater skill, while his losses are just bad luck.

Don't let your ego move you up to the higher limits before you are ready with sufficient bankroll and experience.

Let's take another common mistake which players occasionally commit out of frustration – until it cost them money. The mistake is tossing in your forced bet and your garbage hand along with it. The problem is that you might have paired one of your cards on fourth-street, for instance, seen everyone check, then tripped up on fifth-street and made a full house at sixth-street.

Chasing and not chasing are two more mistakes. In each and every pot, one player has the best hand and everyone else is chasing. You are chasing whenever you are playing without the best poker hand, trying to outdraw your rivals.

Any time you are drawing to a straight or a flush you are chasing any player who has a pair. You are justified in your chase if your drawing hand has live overcards to your rival's possible pair. If you don't make the hand you are drawing to, you can still beat him by pairing one of your overcards and going on to make two pair or trips.

Chase only when the pot is giving you the correct pot odds for the hand you are trying to make. If you normally chase with 5-to-1 hands when you are getting only 3-to-1 pot odds, for example, you will be a long-range money loser. And you will want to consider this question: “If I make the hand I am drawing to, is it likely that I'll win the pot?”

You can chase with a smaller pair than your rival's pair if yours hidden and live and if your side-card is an overcard to your rival's possible pair.

Another mistake is not calling at seventh-street without knowing sure that the bettor has you beaten. If you have any better chance of winning the pot, even with only a mediocre hand, it is best to call for that one last bet on seventh-street. If he has you beat, you lose one more bet. But if you fold your best hand, you lose the entire pot.

Remember constantly monitor yourself for mistakes in your respective plays. Before making any move at the poker table, ask: “Am I making a mistake?”

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