Poker Pro: Think
Like a Professional
If a Poker
Pro is where you want to
be, you must begin by
thinking like a Professional.
One of the things that
separates the poker pro from the losing player is they way
they think when they
playing the game. A Poker Pro take many factors into account before
Some of their decisions are based on information
a pro observed
when he/she is not even involved in a hand. Poker is not a game that
by a player who sits at the table wearing blinders.
need to open your eyes,
observe, and start thinking like the pros do.
In order to be a successful poker pro you need to know a little about
the way your opponents play. The only way you will be able to determine
type of player you are up against is by studying them during the game.
should spend your time observing the other players when you are not
Many players will sit in a game for hours and, if you asked
them any specifics about their opponents, they would not be able to
give you an
I make it a point to watch one or two players per
hand. Any player who
raises gets my attention. If he is in the hand until the end, I want to
exactly what hand he raised with.
This will help me
determine if he is a solid
aggressive player, or a loose maniac trying to get some action.
It is not too
hard to determine who is
playing tight and who is playing loose. If a raise comes from a tight
you should give it a lot more credence than if it comes from a loose
if you haven’t been observing you won’t know who is who.
The skilled players have an uncanny ability to be able read
their opponents. They think on a completely different level than many
other players. I refer to this as the level of awareness and you can
player into three basic levels.
do I have?
Players at this level are looking at their two cards and
reading the board trying to determine their best hand. They are wearing
blinders and are only focused their hand. Depending on their skill
may also be thinking about their odds of making a hand if they are on a
This type of player is usually oblivious to any of the other
players in the
does my opponent have?
Players at this level are paying more attention to the other
players are the table. They are looking beyond their own hand trying to
out what cards their opponent has.
on betting or previous play they try to put their opponent on a range
and then determine their chances of winning the hand.
will make decisions
based on what they think the other player has and their odds of winning
hand. With practice, a player can learn to read the other players at
does my opponent think I have?
Players at this level are trying to get inside the heads of
their opponents. These players are expert at reading their opponents
previous betting and actions they have made in the past. They do more
a player on a hand.
They take into account the playing style
of their opponent
such as whether they are tight or loose to further size them up.
determine what the other player thinks they have for a hand and how
exploit it to their advantage.
While these levels are an over simplification, they do give
you an idea of the degrees of skill that different players possess.
ability to read other players can only be achieved with practice.
practice each and every time you play as long as you concentrate on the
and watch the other players.
Good Luck at the tables.
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