This article is a continuation of Top Ten Poker Tips You Should Know About, Part 2. If you haven't read it yet, please do so now.
During a game, you should not only focus on your cards, you should also be observant and watch the body language and the strategies of other players. Note if a player regularly raises on a particular position or if one of your opponents is showing ‘poker tells’ gestures, you can use these bits of information to help create a game strategy and beat them. For example, if a person always folds to be able to raise again on a river, then you can make a bluff to win the game.
Before you sit on a table, make sure that you have set your limit in terms of betting cash. Else, you might end up with nothing to take home. Even if you are consistently winning, you should learn when to leave the table. Do not play with a high stake just to impress someone or bet all out because you are feeling lucky that night.
You do not want to jump from $2/4 to $5/10 if you do not have the skills for it. If you are winning on a $2/4 table then do not think that you can take your luck all the way to $5/10. You will be playing with opponents with a different, higher skill level. You do not want to be an amateur mingling with pros on a poker table because you will surely lose. Make it a point to be the best in a table and never a newbie pretending to be a pro.