The biggest mistake a novice poker player can make when playing online and in live action games is giving their opponents too much information.
Quit teaching other players how to beat you by practicing these rules.
Never Expose Your Hand
Never, ever, ever, show anyone at the table what your cards are unless you have to. This is one of those things that many rookie players don’t consider. Every time you show a hand, you are giving the other players information about your style of play. This information is insight into your strategy based on the cards you show, in addition to the action of the hand.
If you keep your card information to yourself, other players will only be able to rely on what they think you had. Don’t make it easier for them to beat you.
Don’t Tell Them What You Know
When you catch someone bluffing, do not tell them that you’re on to them. Not calling a player out on his or her bluff, is hard for a lot of players who want validation of their skills.
The problem with “bragging” about your discovery is simple: your opponent is now aware of their mistake, and you no longer have the advantage. Celebrate silently.
Hold the Chit-Chat
Interaction in a game of poker is part of the fun, and strategy of the game. Your communication with other players is being scrutinized and can be potentially harmful if you aren’t careful. Understand how your response is different based on your hand, and work on being consistent in conversations and behaviors, regardless of your hand.
Poker Face GiveAway
The art of the poker face can take some time to develop, but it’s critical to perfect in order to be a successful player overall. Be aware of how your behavior changes, based on your hole cards, the flop, the turn, and the river.
In addition to perfecting your poker face, also focus on how your body reacts to certain situations. Control your heartbeat, the shakes, and other reactions that could indicate how good or bad your hand is.