The key to winning any game and any hands is poker strategy, as without it you will never be able to get very far. Blind luck is fair enough, but in order to win on a consistent basis or manage to become a professional level player you will need something propping you up, and strategy has to be the power that pushes you forward. Although you should always come up with your own strategy in order to make sure that no one knows how to beat you, here at Winner Poker we can give you some tips in order to help you get going and give you the foundations for a strong strategy that will stand you in good stead while you are playing.

The first and most important rule of poker strategy is to never be too obvious. There are certain cases in which you can pretend to make an obvious move while you are bluffing, but if your opponents know that you are an experienced player then this will probably not work either – so you need to make sure that you are able to play in a subtle manner so that no one can second guess your decisions. If you have a really strong hand, for example, then you are going to want to take it down to the wire and have the pot grow to as high a level as possible, knowing that you will be able to claim it all if it comes down to a showdown situation.

If you raise early and high then the other players will suspect that you have a good hand and they will fold early, meaning that the pot will mostly consist of your own bets and you will not gain much from what should have been a really fantastic hand. You have to know when to play it cool and when to go all in – and this means that if you have an average hand, you should give no indication that it is not a fantastic hand either. Make sure as well that you know when to fold, as this is a huge piece of strategy that many people often miss out and it could make all the difference when it comes down to it, because trying to play a bad hand when no one else is backing down could really end up costing you.

Our advice is to read as many resources on online poker strategy as possible, so that you know what you are doing and can combine the best elements of all of the strategies that you come across in order to make sure that you have a strategy that will give you the best chance of winning every single game that you come across. This will allow you to get an edge on the other players who come up against you, and will mean that you can comfortably take in pots of even the higher stakes games where the more experienced players are found.