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Top 11 Poker Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on 14 November 2023 by "T".

Mastering poker involves learning from mistakes, both your own and those commonly made by others. This list of 11 frequent poker errors provides valuable lessons for players aiming to sharpen their strategy and avoid pitfalls that can hinder their game. Understanding these missteps is key to navigating the complexities of poker more effectively.

Overplaying Hands
In poker, overplaying hands is a common mistake. Players often overestimate the strength of their hands, leading to significant losses. For example, holding a pair of kings might seem strong, but it becomes less so if the flop shows an ace. Players should evaluate the strength of their hands in the context of the board and their opponents' potential hands.

Neglecting Position

Position in poker is a pivotal factor. Playing more hands from a late position is generally advisable, as it allows players to make more informed decisions based on their opponents' actions. Conversely, playing from an early position requires more caution, as there are many players yet to act, which increases the likelihood of encountering a stronger hand.

Failing to Adjust to Opponents

Poker is not just about playing your cards; it's also about playing the players. Not adjusting to the tendencies of opponents is a frequent oversight. If an opponent is aggressive, it might be wise to tighten up and wait for strong hands. If they are passive, one can play more liberally against them.

Ignoring Bankroll Management

Managing a bankroll is essential. Playing at stakes too high for the bankroll can lead to ruin, even for skilled players. It's important to play at levels where the bankroll can withstand the natural variances of the game. This approach helps in sustaining the bankroll over time.

Misreading Tells

While physical tells are less of a factor in online poker, they are important in live games. Misinterpreting these tells can lead to erroneous conclusions about an opponent's hand. Players should observe patterns in their opponents' behavior and use them judiciously in decision-making.

Overreliance on Bluffing

Bluffing is an art in poker, but overusing it is a mistake. Consistent bluffing often leads to being called by opponents who notice the pattern. Bluffing should be used sparingly and strategically, ensuring it's believable based on the game's context.

Not Learning from Mistakes

Poker is a game of skill and strategy, evolving continuously. Players who don't learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Reviewing past games, especially those that resulted in losses, is required for improvement.

Not Practicing

Practicing is essential when it comes to mastering poker. Avoiding to do so, is one of the most common mistakes a new player can make. For those looking to practice and refine their poker skills, Fanduel Casino offers a platform replicating real-world poker's nuances. It provides an opportunity to apply these lessons in a practical setting, helping players avoid common mistakes and improve their game.

Ignoring Table Dynamics

Understanding and adapting to table dynamics is key in poker. Each table has its unique rhythm and player interactions. Ignoring these dynamics can lead to suboptimal play. For instance, if a table is full of aggressive players, adopting a more conservative approach might be beneficial. Similarly, taking a more assertive stance at a passive table can be advantageous. Adapting to the flow of the game at each specific table is essential for success.

Lacking Emotional Control

Poker is not just a game of logic and strategy; it's also a test of emotional control. Players often let frustration, anger, or overconfidence influence their decisions, leading to what's known as 'tilt'. This emotional state can cause players to deviate from their usual strategy, often resulting in significant losses. Maintaining a calm demeanor and emotional stability is necessary, especially after experiencing bad beats or big wins.

Poor Hand Selection

The choice of hands played is a fundamental aspect of poker strategy. Playing too many weak hands or folding too many strong ones can be detrimental. Beginners often fall into the trap of playing every hand, while more experienced players might become too conservative, missing opportunities. Understanding the strength of hands in relation to the game's context - the number of players, the stage of the tournament, the stack sizes - is vital for making informed decisions.


In conclusion, mastering poker requires a combination of skill, strategy, and self-awareness. Continual learning and adaptation are integral to becoming a proficient player in this ever-evolving game.


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 walczak9423/11/2023 15:52:31 GMT
Thank you for a great article. I will work on these mistakes and hopefully I will start winning everything Smile
 dule-vu23/11/2023 16:04:25 GMT
Good luck and enjoy in cashout from brm!
 Gedemonas23/11/2023 22:26:43 GMT
Posted by walczak94:
Thank you for a great article. I will work on these mistakes and hopefully I will start winning everything Smile

Agree very good article, let's hope everyone learns something from this article Thumbs Up
 dule-vu23/11/2023 23:04:37 GMT
Its just question how many members read news on forum!
 Zaperr4424/11/2023 13:56:11 GMT
Unfortunately, my great country banned poker in here and we can't even play. It's a shame, I would to like enjoy some time at Pokerstars
 CALICUL24/11/2023 14:05:18 GMT
it is very strange, because it is not normal for a country to ban online poker. Can you no longer play poker at all, or are there still poker rooms? what politicians do , is really aberrant.
 geseco1224/11/2023 16:50:50 GMT
it is aberrant what they do in your country, banning a game like poker, that means they know nothing about the game, a pity for those who really like poker and can't play it.
 dule-vu24/11/2023 17:24:27 GMT
Its somethning that lot of countries have problem!
 Gedemonas25/11/2023 00:38:27 GMT
Posted by dule-vu:
Its just question how many members read news on forum!

Big Smile Good question, I hope at least that the players who really need the advice read it Thumbs Up
 walczak9425/11/2023 06:12:22 GMT
Thank you. I'm really happy. i hope this is not my last award Smile
 dule-vu25/11/2023 06:42:28 GMT
We will see!
 geseco1225/11/2023 17:28:29 GMT
many of the beginner players don't know about the mistakes they are making when playing poker, thanks to bankrollmob for taking the time to give us news like this and improve our game by correcting our mistakes.
 dule-vu25/11/2023 17:29:10 GMT
You can learn them, you talk about mistakes every day!
 Gedemonas25/11/2023 23:50:20 GMT
Posted by geseco12:
many of the beginner players don't know about the mistakes they are making when playing poker, thanks to bankrollmob for taking the time to give us news like this and improve our game by correcting our mistakes.

It's true that a lot of poker players, especially beginners, often don't realise what mistakes they are making, hopefully this bankrollmob article will help them. Of course, it is not enough to understand that you are making mistakes, you need to analyse them if you don't want to make the same mistakes in the future Thumbs Up
 dule-vu25/11/2023 23:57:13 GMT
Thats why they have to play for few years to learn everything!
 geseco1227/11/2023 01:44:56 GMT
when you play poker you will understand a lot, every day or in every session you learn something, that is why we will never stop learning things in this game as deep as poker, a beautiful sport that we all always want to play.
 CALICUL27/11/2023 01:48:46 GMT
yes, we play poker and understand a lot, but what i don't understand is a poker room that is against the player. This is not correct, it is not neutrality and spoils all the charm...
 Gedemonas27/11/2023 03:29:11 GMT
Posted by dule-vu:
Thats why they have to play for few years to learn everything!

That's true, like old folks saying "Poker takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master"
 dule-vu27/11/2023 06:53:07 GMT
Thumbs Up
 geseco1228/11/2023 03:41:29 GMT
It will depend on how much you play every day and you can learn much more in less time, the less you dedicate to the game the more time it will take you to learn all the complexities of poker.
 dule-vu28/11/2023 05:53:20 GMT
You have great tips!
 Jinn28/11/2023 07:40:28 GMT
Imao the most significant mistake is bankroll-management. Any bad move after cards are dealed can be compensated by luck, but if you rush in with the most part of your money it can't be reverted
 dule-vu28/11/2023 07:55:52 GMT
its all about bankroll, yeah!
 antonis32128/11/2023 10:24:30 GMT
When I started playing poker , I was playing only premium hands and very tight . The result was I couldn't go deep in a tourney , most of the times I got blinded out , this sucks . Nowadays early in a tourney I play a lot of hands , but only suited connectors or premium hands , pocket pairs , good A rag in position , more hands with good pot odds and many players in the hand . With better pot odds and more players in the hand you can play more loose , in position , if you hit sth good on the flip/board , you cannot ask for sth better .
 dule-vu28/11/2023 10:33:49 GMT
every player have different strategy!

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