What is the difference between a poker pro and an amateur poker player?

It is a question I regularly hear: can I become a winning poker player? Most poker players are losing players, although they will not admit this so easily. The house (casino) picks up about 5% of every poker pot and is therefore hard to beat. But with dedication, the right character and insights, it is certainly possible to become a poker player who earns more than loses in the long term. What are the differences between poker pros and poker amateurs?amateur poker playerPoker Amateur

Attention for details

A poker amateur only pays attention to himself. These poker players are worried about their poker hand and are worried about the hand they are sitting in. The professional player keeps an eye on everything, even if they are not in your hand! They are like a sponge and absorb every bit of information about each player. They look at the “showdown”, what kind of hand you have and where you sit and how often and how high you bet. How does a player react to a raise on the turn, does the player ever do a check-raise and with what hands does he do this? A pro sees and remembers all this information in order to have a better expectation value against the amateur in the future.Poker hand

Emotional control with a professional poker player

A poker pro will never tilt! They understand the game and realize that poker is a long-term game. What happens in one poker hand doesn't really matter. They let a bad beat slip off as if it were the most normal thing in the world, because this can happen. It is simply part of the work. They also understand that money is a poker player's tool. Loss days and winning days will always be there. A professional poker player is not really worried about one or even several days of loss.Poker hero (Vegas) Rick

Game variation

The poker pro will always try to be unpredictable and therefore bring variation to his poker game. This also means that the pro will play controversial every now and then so that he is not easy to read by his opponents. If a player would play straightforward, the opponents will pick it up quickly and that will be used against you. They will adjust their game to your playing style and in the longer term the amateur will always be beaten.poker playerPoker at the Bogata Atlantic City casino

Balance in your poker game

If you always do the same as a poker player you become extremely predictable and that is deadly in poker. So you have to play so that the opponent will think: does he now have the best hand (nuts) or is he bluffing. So you will have to add extra variation to your game like a pro does regularly. For example, if you do a check on the river because you give up the hand, you will sometimes have to check to do a check raise on the river with a very good hand. Ultimately you have to sit in the head of the opponent, he should not know what you are doing now. The amateur will sooner or later give you his stack!Poker hand

Adaptability of a poker player

Poker is a game where the variables are constantly changing. What the best possible play is depends on many things, such as what your “image” is at the moment and how your opponents have played at that time. The poker pro takes all this information with him to adapt his game to the player (s) with whom he is currently in control. These variables can also change a number of times in a session and the pro will always adapt to the circumstances. Adapting to the opponent ensures that the pro will always be one step ahead.poker playersPlaying poker is relatively simple and quick to learn, but it takes a lifetime to become a master of it. Developments in poker have gone pretty fast in the last 10 years and you can no longer win away with a basic game in the longer term. If you really accept poker as a study that you can and may also do with passion, the poker future will undoubtedly look bright for you. And otherwise you just have to accept that you are an amateur poker player just like me 🙂

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