If the renowned poker specialists and winners of events and tournaments such as the World Series of Poker have enthralled you with what seems like supernatural abilities to put players on hands, then here is the secret that was till now known to them and now you will know it.
The key to master any variant of Poker lies within you – it is your power to observe other players keenly every time you play in live events or in real casinos. And it is not just sufficient to watch and observe other players – what you should do is store these observations and use them whenever and wherever applicable.
It is using of these observations that makes a player one of those who feast on their opponents at the highest stakes tables in casinos. It is applying of these observations that takes you from winning a little to winning a lot. Your expertise is built with these observations and this comes from experience.
You will able to make those big call downs with ace-high or bottom pair with confidence. You would be able to make correct decisions at the table and do so with conviction that goes beyond the information available to you.
The process of observing opponents starts off from the very start of the hand. You need to read others as soon as you start arranging the pieces of the puzzle. What is an opponent holding and what actions does he perform and why, will enable you to understand him better. At first, it may seem like an impossible deduction, but the more you play and the more you observe, the stronger you get at it and the better you know an opponent. So the next time you play with him, you know him inside out.
Observing someone in poker closely is often known as soul reading. The more you observe, the more information you gather. To know an opponent inside out, you must watch them whether you are in the hand or not. Notice how they play their draws or what they do when they win pot after pot. Which category do they fall under – loose, tight, passive or aggressive? What position are they in?
And then you don’t simply observe and store data within yourself, you need to apply it correctly at appropriate places by assembling the data to read the opponent ever time you play with him.