As a beginner player you will want to be playing with conviction in your games of Texas Hold'em poker . This means that you’ll either raise or fold, but not limp in the games, if you're unsure don't play, and make sure that when you raise, you raise correctly. At first glance it's easier said than done, but luckily there are rules and strategies in place to help you play poker with conviction. When you play with conviction you will certainly have the edge over your opponents.
Don't Limp In Poker Games
First of all, it's important to understand what limping is all about. Limping is the act of simply calling instead of raising. This is to say that if someone else bets, a player who limps would typically call that bet. It is metaphorically dragging one's feet into a poker hand. When you are assertive, and you're playing with conviction, then you are the type of player who raises and causes players behind you to fold. This gives you the very best position when the hand moves to the flop stage.
And another thing that raising does, is it places doubt in your opponents’ minds. This is true of the big blind as well, because it forces the players to think twice about playing their hands, as opposed to folding. Remember that betting in poker is all about moving your chips into the centre of the table, and players are unlikely to do that if they feel that their opponents have a stronger hand than they do. Thus when you play with conviction, it's entirely possible that you will win the pot even before the flop.