POKER BASICS: HOW TO ANALYSE HANDS

How to analyse poker hands

Poker in India is regarded as a game of skill and knowledge. Although a bit of science and calculation is involved as well.

Poker isn’t solely a game which is reliant on prowess with the cards dealt to you but for you to understand who you are up against. Reading other players’ hands is very crucial if you are on a trail to win more games and more cash.

This is one of the most important skills, and is often considered as a very tough task to master.

The process of understanding the process of analysing a hand requires practice and patience.

Additionally, in the game of poker you will encounter numerous players who possess varying levels of dexterity, and who can take you for a ride through their bluffs and tells. There have been countless incidents where players unable to read or analyse hands have lost out on opportunities to win big money.

For instance: The value of a pair is never constant in poker; it changes with the value of the cards your opponents hold.

Another way to read hands is to play close attention to a player’s tells.

Tells are unintentional gestures or mannerisms, similar to being emotional or just giving signs as to what kind of cards you’ve been dealt. This is one of the more important factors in analysing hands and it is recommended that you brush up on ‘tells’ and dealing with them if you wish to vanquish your opponents.

Keeping tabs on the movement of your opponents can help as well. If you can pick up certain gestures as when they bet or raise a little or when they want to go all-in, you can exploit them later on.

However, poker is not easy to deal with and more often than not you end up playing against opponents who are quite competent and know how to mask their cards and tells.

They often wear sunglasses or caps along with large headphones not only to phase out the noise and focus on the game but to ensure that others do not catch their traits while playing poker.

Once the cards are dealt, you can flip yours over and have a look at just what you are holding.

Always keep your eyes peeled for the high rank cards as a combination with the community cards can help you pocket the big pots.

All said and done, to be an expert poker player you need to put in many hours of practice and research too.