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How to learn to play poker: tips from Phil Ivey

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. Many people consider poker to be the game of chance and luck, but poker is primarily the game of intelligence and skill.

Poker is played by people of all ages, and often youth defeats experience. Annette Obrestad – one of the best examples. She started playing poker at the age of 15, without spending a penny of her own money, this girl outplays adult men! Annette won European WSOP tournament in 2007, where she earned £1 million!

So, you also have all the chances to achieve great results! Find all the necessary materials on our website and start your bright poker career! First of all you need to:

  1. 1. Learn poker rules and poker hands.
  2. 2. Read useful tips, books and articles.
  3. 3. Use a special poker vocabulary for obscure terms.
  4. 4. Use mathematics and special programs.
  5. 5. Read stories about famous poker stars and watch special video.

For a start, here are 7 useful tips on how to learn to play poker from one of the best poker players in the world – Phil Ivey! Mark them well!

Learn as much as you can!

When it comes to poker tips, my attitude is as follows: find them, study them, but when you are at the poker table – forget them.

I am a proponent of learning the game by playing poker at the table. I'm not saying that there aren’t great resources helping players to improve their poker skills, or that books and tutorials are just unnecessary attributes. It's all there, but the problem is that the players directly relying on such kind of assistance, start playing poker like someone else, or worse, like everyone else.


There are not completely right or wrong ways to play. In my opinion, every player has his own approach and the key to the game, in other words, you learn while playing against other players, watch their style and make up your own style that works for you.

Use not only mathematics, but also psychology!

There are players who base their game purely on mathematical considerations and this method works for them. They study the mathematical odds and make decisions based on their results. This is a solid game, but the fact is, this way is not suitable for all poker players. Moreover, even the best poker players will tell you that only math won’t make you a great player. Odd calculations definitely help to decide whether you are doing a smart move, but the person against whom you are playing is not taken into account. Even if the mathematics says you to play, but your sixth sense tells you not to, you’d better listen to yourself.

Don’t just rely on other people's advice!

If you rely too much on other people's advice it will be much harder for you to develop your intuition and game reading, you will be more guided by the head, not intuition. You’ll be so focused on mathematical odds, probabilities and strategies that you’ll just forget that you're playing against someone and you should understand what your opponent is doing. Is he scared? Will he fold if I use some pressure? Isn’t he a “maniac”? You should always keep in mind such kind of thoughts during the game.

Take a chance!

Poker is not a game of cards, but the game of players and situations. Winners understand that. Sometimes they risk, sometimes it works and sometimes not. Regardless of whether you win or lose, you have to choose your own style and stick to it.

Revise your game!

In the end of the game, go back to the situation, learn it and understand what you did right or wrong. Identify your mistakes, learn from them and continue to move forward. Just because some move didn’t work the way you wanted, doesn’t mean that it was wrong. There are things you can only learn by playing.


So that's my advice to you. Read my advice. Read other tips and books. Talk to your friends. Soak up as much useful information as you can. But when you are at the poker table, trust your instincts and play your own game, not anyone else's.

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