Reduce variance with bankroll
Although poker requires a far greater degree of skill, there is still a significant amount of chance involved in any one hand. As a result, even the most seasoned players will fall victim to the game’s variance. To ensure that you are able to push through the variance to allow for a steady upward winning trend over time, you need to make sure that your bankroll is up to the task. It’s better to play at a table with lower limits and extend your play than to play at a high limit table and lose a lot fast.
Odds are your friend
It’s is astonishing the number of players you’ll find at amateur tables who relay on nothing more than a vague understanding of the rules. A skilled poker player will be aware of the odds of drawing a card that will improve their hand and the ration of their bet size versus the pot size. This analytical approach to the game will reap far greater rewards than the seat of your pants Hollywood-blockbuster-style of play.
Protect your hand
Professional poker players will attack a player’s hand regardless of what they hold. As a result, it is important to protect your hand, to bet hard and confidently to ensure that a high percentage of your top hands end in either a successful showdown or all other players folding.
Don’t be afraid to fold the big hand
There comes a time where every player finds themselves 5 big bets into a hand they now know they cannot win. Forgo your pride and fold. As soon as you are aware of a heavy betting trend from your opponent, get out and regroup for the next hand. Losses can be won back.
Play low stakes to replenish
If you find yourself with a dwindling bankroll, play low stakes hands and fold everything else. This strategy will allow you to slowly but surely recoup your loses.