Poker Point

How do you lose at poker?

What do you do to lose at Texas holdem poker? The first and foremost way to lose is to play lots of hands, may they be good or bad, and employ bad timing. In poker, it does not mean that you only play your good hands; you can also play your bad cards. What you need to do in poker is play your position as well, because you can also bluff people and lead them into believing you have an excellent hand.

The next way to lose at poker is to play with gut feelings often and without computing the outs. Gutshots, as they are called, are poker hands that need one card, usually found in the river, to make a decent hand. You have to have a lot of guts to play these gutshots in poker. This is risky though, because if that card is not drawn, then your opponents can easily beat you by even having just a pair. However, most people still play gutshots because they use the "no guts no glory" principle in poker.

Another way to lose a poker game is to rely on backdoor flushes. This occurs when you need two suited cards at the turn and river to complete your flush. That kind of poker play is hard to succeed; you must have alternative outs, say, pair or straight.

Others tend to lose in poker by sticking with their small pairs. If at pre-flop you have a pair of fours, then you hit another four at flop, then you have a strong set. But if not, then you are left with a small pair in hand, with the turn and river to rely on. The chances you'll get your four in the turn and river is slimmer, and you have to remember this, or say goodbye to poker.

Another surefire way to lose a poker game is to chase the river most of the time. This type of player wishes to hit at the last moment, but usually fails. Remember, you can wish for luck, but you can also play good poker if you don't want to lose.

Lastly, one can surely lose at poker by re-raising weak hands. By raising, it means that you have a good hand, if somebody re-raises, he/she has a better one, and when another re-raises again, then he/she has even a better hand. If you have a weak hand but do not want to fold, why raise when you can just call? If the raising gets higher, and you still have a weak hand, think about your possible loss, and back off.