Just wanted to give you these little reminders that I post up on a regular basis.
1. The best way to improve your poker game is to play better cards, and fold junk.
2. Stop trying to be the master bluffer, and try actually playing poker. You can bluff me 100 times, but I'll still have more chips than you. Then when I finally call your bluff, you're out of the tournament.
3. Don't tilt. Its stupid, and costs you way too many chips.
4. Shoving all in with junk just because you are short stacked is the #1 reason for people to bust out of tournaments, in my opinion. Don't do it.
5. Never chase a straight or flush if it costs you significant chips to do so. If you miss, you're done. If you hit, your table image is left in such disrepair that you'll be out shortly anyway.
6. Never chase a flush in the first place if you're not chasing the nut flush. If you're chasing the flush by calling me with 10 high in your hand, you'll be surprised I'm betting chasing the flush with an Ace. So you hit it, and lose anyway. So why chase it in the first place?
7. Never try to bluff a donkey. They're not smart enough to figure out what you're bluffing about anyway. For example: 5-K-J on the board, and you check, and they bet out. You call. 5 on the turn, now YOU bet out. They call, with a J in their hand. They don't see the 2nd 5, they only see they have a pair. So you're pulling off a masterful bluff against a guy that isn't even looking at the board.
8. Pay attention to those around you. I don't care if you know what their "tells" are. Just be aware of how they're playing and how they're betting. You'll learn tells later. But at least stop BSing, joking, and jamming to the tunes on your iPod long enough to see what's going on around you.
9. On that token, pay attention to the flavor of the flop, turn and river. It is fairly easy to figure out what the other guy is holding if you just PAY ATTENTION.
10. Never play for more than you can afford. If you can afford the $30 tournament buy in, but losing $200 in the cash game afterwards will hurt you financially....don't play the cash game. Even if you know you can win it. It only takes one hand to lose all your money, then you can't eat the next week. Never bet more than you can afford to lose.
Now, how about you? Post us gems of wisdom below. Short and sweet things people can easily remember.