Tip 1: Sitting at table limits that suit you

When signing up for games with the card room manager, make sure that the limits you join are affordable. By this I mean, if you were to join a $2-$4 table, make sure you have at least $80.00 to sit down with, or if you were to join a $3-$6 table, maker sure you have at least $100.00 to sit down with. The money you sit down with should be money your able to lose. If you are concerned about losing the money it will affect your game drastically. To profit in poker you must be willing to lose money as well as win money.

Make sure the game that you sit down suits your standard of play. What I mean, if you are new to poker don?t go sitting down at higher stakes. The players at higher stakes will be more experienced and better players. Playing at these stakes is a quick way to lose all your money trying to learn. Remember, not only should you have a suitable bankroll to play in the game, but you also should be better then your opponents.

Tip 2: Table Stakes

Most tables play ?table stakes?, meaning you cannot take more money out of your pocket, and you cannot take money off the table during the game. All your playing money should be at front of you before you are dealt your first hand.

The table you?re sat at will have a minimum buy in. Say the minimum buy in is $50; you can buy $50 worth of chips from the dealer and have $200 in bills in front of you. These bills can be used to buy additional chips from the dealer during the game.

Tip 3: Waiting for the Big Blind

Once a seat becomes open, you are required to post the amount of the big and small blind combined in order to receive your cards.

There is an option to wait until the big blind gets around to you, then you pay just the normal blind. This is not only cheaper in the long run but also gives you time to sit and out watch the table whilst you wait.

Tip 4: Do not pick up your cards

Leave your cards face down on the table. Look at them by placing one hand over the cards whilst lifting up the corners with your other hand. This takes away any chance that your opponents next to you could see the cards.

Also try to get into the habit of only looking at your cards once. You could be giving information away to your opponents. For example, some players will look a second or two longer at there cards when they have a good hand, when normally they would take a glimpse and muck when its there play. Also they are a lot more things going on around the table you should be more concerned about.

Tip 5: Protecting your cards

If you win a pot at poker, protect your cards by passing them back to the dealer once the chips have been pushed to you. Also many people choose to place a chip on top of their cards so that they do not accidentally get scooped up and turned over.

Tip 6: Always act in turn

What I mean by this is, do not broadcast your actions before it?s your turn to act. For example reaching for your chips or holding your cards ready to muck them. This gives free information away to your opponents.
Say you are holding your cards ready to muck them, your opponent to your right now doesn?t need to be worried about being re-raised by you when he bets.

Tip 7: Don?t splash the pot

?Splash the pot? is normally referred to when someone throws his or her chips into the middle. This makes it harder for the dealer to count the bet that was made. The game will usually be paused while the dealer has to count the chips out to work out if your bet was actually valid, both annoying the rest of the players and the dealer.

When betting, make sure your chips are in front of you and are easily countable for by the dealer.

Tip 8: Don?t make string bets

A ?string bet? is when you call a persons bet and then reach back into your stack to make a raise. Either place all the chips for a raise at once, or make it clear that you are going to raise the initial bet. For example if someone bets, call out raise, meet his bet and then make your raise.

Tip 9: Don?t slow down the game

Always pay attention to the game, act in a timely fashion when it?s your turn (unless your Phil Hellmuth).

Tip 10: Don?t give out information

In my opinion, one of the most annoying players is one that will call out his hand even when he is not in the pot. For example there could be a straight on if you had the 10, your waiting for your opponent to make a move on you and a player sitting out calls out ?I bet he wishes he had the 10 for the straight?. Your opponent could have been unaware of the straight and the player with the big mouth has just lost you money. Or say you had the king of diamonds and your opponent has just bet into a four-suited board, you?re wondering if he has the ace when a player who folded calls out he had the ace. You are then able to re-raise with the king knowing you have the best hand.

Extra Tip: Respect other players and the dealer

Give respect and you shall be respected in turn. Always be polite and a pleasure to play with.