A teacher makes sure learning remains fun. And while learning the intricacies of poker can be quite a task, it’s the subtleties of the game that are the hardest to master. With some invaluable poker tips and tricks, here are some words of wisdom from three of the top poker minds on the planet!
Your Mindstate Matters
“I still have the mentality of a 19-year-old mind.” – Doyle Brunson
The 86 year old legend who retired in 2018 with 10 bracelets and 37 cashes at WSOP events was the first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments. Around even before Texas hold ’em gained dominance at the series, he retired after a half century of legendary poker playing. He left behind one of the most illustrious careers in poker history, cementing himself as one of the finest to have played at the felts. So when the Poker Hall of Fame inductee says the key to his game is thinking young, we listen and we learn.
Patterns Over Tells
“Too many players focus on physical tells. For both online and live games, you should be focusing more on betting patterns and histories. The ability to figure out your opponent’s hand based on his betting pattern is a crucial skill.” – Daniel Negreanu
The second biggest live tournament poker winner of all time in terms of winnings. Holder of Six WSOP bracelets and Two World Poker Tour championships. The only player in WSOP history to have won the Player of the Year accolade more than once. The first player to make a final table at each of the three WSOP bracelet-awarding locations (Las Vegas, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the first to win a bracelet at each. A Poker Hall of Fame inductee. It doesn’t get much bigger than Negreanu, and he laid out his strategy simple and straight for the world to see. Go ahead and practice it, every chance you get.
Learn From Everyone
"I think that six opinions are mostly better than one opinion. So really, if you want to know something about a hand, just send it to five people and see how they respond. And then you'll get a feeling of what's the right direction." – Fedor Holz
It’s good to be a student of classic old-school wisdom, but sometimes great advice can come from the new school as well. Holz was ranked as the best online MTT player in 2014 and 2015. In July 2016, he won his first WSOP bracelet. Focusing on high roller tournaments, he’s already raked up lifetime winnings of over 32 million USD. One of the ways he did it was to surround himself with the right people and learn from them as much as possible. Emulate his strategy, and you never know where life might take you!