7 Poker Mistakes a Beginner Makes While Playing Cash Games Part II

In the 1st part of this article, we talked about 4 mistakes which an amateur player makes while playing cash poker games. Mistakes that cost you money, mistakes that hinder your progress up the stakes and mistakes which the opponents exploit to win against you – every beginner must take a note of these common mistakes and avoid them while grinding on a cash table.beginner-poker-mistakes

You may read about 4 mistakes in the Part I of the article here

  1. Not observing the moves

Poker is a game of incomplete information hence, an understanding of how your opponents are playing becomes essential if you want to be a wining player. However, most of the beginners neglect observing the hands being played on the table when they are fold. This limits their chances to understand the opponent’s gameplay and thus reducing the information. It is advised to all the newbies to pay attention to the hands being played on the table even if you are not involved in the pot.

  1. Playing without odds

Odds in poker help you decide whether to play or fold. Basically, the ratio figures give you the probability of winning the pot at any particular instance.  For example, while deciding to call a bet of your opponent on the turn, you’ll be taking correct decisions if you understand odds. To stop losing money, you must not play with bad odds. A new poker player should learn to calculate odds while playing the live cash games and put it to best use. You should also learn counting the outs which gives you a clear idea of chances of winning combined with odds.

  1. Choices of stakes

Everyone wants to play high stakes and win huge money in cash games. However, one must understand that the dynamics of game changes drastically when you move up the stakes. Sometimes, when an amateur gets an extra bankroll by winning a tournament (example), he/she tries playing the stakes which he/she never had played in past. You must not risk a big bankroll when you’re trying to move up the stakes. It must be done in a planned manner eyeing the level of opponents on the higher stake table and the other bankroll factors.