Common Mistakes Made by New Texas Hold’em Players
If you’re new to Texas Hold’em, it is likely you will make many mistakes in your play. Today, we will cover some of the more common mistakes that new players make to help you accelerate your learning curve.
Playing Too Many Hands
A key mistake that everyone makes at some point is playing too many hands. Usually, we have seen a well-known poker player win a big hand with junk hole cards, but the majority of the time, these types of hands will lose.
As a newer player, you want to play more of a solid strategy using stronger hands. There are many charts you can use to give you a solid hand range to play while you learn the game. Later, you can experiment with other hands. Generally, you shouldn’t be playing more than a couple of hands an orbit. Remember, most Texas Hold’em games are No-Limit games. It isn’t like Poker3 Heads-Up Hold’em where the bets are limited. Playing too many hands can lead to losing most or all of your stack too quickly.
Failing to Bet Aggressively
A common failing with new poker players is that they fail to aggressively bet their hands. They pick up what they consider a big hand and try to trap players. Often, these “big hands” are vulnerable, such as a pair of aces or two pair. Slow playing your hands can allow other players to catch up and this will lead to you losing the hand instead.
Naturally, if you flop the nuts, meaning a hand that cannot be beaten, then you can try and trap your players. However, if you don’t have the nuts, you want to be more aggressive with your betting.
Failing to Notice Player Tendencies
An important aspect of playing Texas Hold’em is playing the player. You need to constantly pay attention to your opponents to pick up information on their play. That way, you will know that the player in the two-seat only bets the flop when he has a good hand or that the player in seat seven bluffs a lot.
We cannot tell you the number of times a player lost a big pot because they didn’t pick up on the tendencies of another player. If you’re someone that has trouble paying attention to their surroundings, then poker may not be the game for you.
Making the Sames Moves Over and Over
Another common problem exhibited by newbies is the tendency to telegraph their play. Newer players are more worried about playing their hands correctly and less about the deep strategy of the game. Smart players are always watching what you do and if you make the same types of moves over and over, they will pick up on this.
You want to regularly change how you play various scenarios to keep your opponents guessing. Change how often you raise with certain hands, how much you raise, and how you play past the flop. This will make you less predictable and help you win more pots.
Playing Too Many Pots Out of Position
One of the concepts you need to learn early on is position. Position refers to where you’re at in relation to the dealer button. Players in position will be able to see everything that happens ahead of them and this gives them a major advantage. Generally, you don’t want to play in early position without strong holdings.
When you play a lot of hands in early position, you’re subject to having the later position players control the flow of betting. They can put you to some uncomfortable tests that can result in your losing much more than normal when they have you beat.