Poker lore is full of stories of pros going broke. It happens to the best of us. However, by planning appropriately and following some wise guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy the game of poker as a hobby without it breaking your bank.

In this article we present three tips that ought to help players not go broke at the poker table. Stick to them and you’ll be able to have fun playing poker without worrying about the worst case scenario.

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online poker

It’s the rare serious online poker player these days who doesn’t use a poker HUD. With that said, there exist a few dangers of relying on HUDs too heavily.

This post goes into detail about what traps to avoid when using poker HUDs and how to ensure you actively maintain your poker skills and beneficial habits while still taking full advantage of what HUDs have to offer.

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poker coach

The traditional way of improving one’s poker game usually involves reading poker books, watching poker strategy videos, taking poker courses, posting hand histories in forums, etc. A, perhaps, more unconventional way of improving at poker is to coach a student; yes, really!

Believe it or not, taking a student under your wing to teach them poker will also benefit you as the coach. You’ll solidify the strategies that work for you and be able to weed out your own leaks to boot!

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Robbie and George Epstein

If you ever get the chance to sit and chat with an older poker player, I highly recommend the experience. I imagine that in all likelihood you’ll find yourself being able to connect strongly, with poker as your common bond.

I recently had such an opportunity, meeting Cardplayer Lifestyle’s Senior contributor, the nonagenarian George Epstein, in Los Angeles. It was a highly enjoyable experience, to say the least.

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beginners guide to poker

The thousand-mile journey starts out with the first steps. If you are enchanted with poker but have never played before, don’t be discouraged by how much about the game there is to learn. Start out with the basics and then keep on improving. Even the top pros are still learning and getting better, so take heart in the fact that they, too, were once beginners.

Here, then, are three basic poker tips that will help get you started on the road to poker success.

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mental toughness

Much like top-tier athletes understand the importance of staying mentally tough in order to reach the highest levels of achievement, so too, mental toughness is just as critical for poker players who want to be consistent winners.

Routinely questioning yourself, having the proper mindset, and resetting your brain every so often will help you up your mental fortitude and power through the variance, emotions, and beats that come your way at the poker tables.

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Israel Loves Poker

For the first time ever, there’s a grassroots push to officially lobby Israel’s government to legalize poker. With the game enjoying record levels of popularity countrywide, Israel Poker Academy co-founder Stas Tishkevich is leading the charge to advocate for poker’s legalization in Israel.

Enjoying support from poker luminaries like Eli Elezra, funds are currently being raised via the I LOVE POKER – ISRAEL campaign that will be used towards lobbying the Knesset and Israeli government officials to legally allow Israelis to play poker without having to fly abroad.

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Written by legendary casino cheat Richard Marcus back in 2006, Dirty Poker remains a fascinating read. Though some parts have become somewhat dated, due to technological advancements in enhancing poker security, this book is highly intriguing.

Of specific interest to poker fans, Marcus reveals common cheating methods used online (relatively dated), in live poker rooms (slightly dated) and in home games (still VERY relevant). Certainly worth the time it takes to read this book.

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More poker players than ever before are hitting the $1 million mark in earnings per calendar year. Who was the first “poker millionaire”? Can you guess how many “poker millionaires” there were last year? The year before? What’s causing this phenomenon?

This article takes a closer look at the evolution of poker millionaires over the years. The stats will certainly intrigue you and we’re pretty certain that a couple of them will surprise you!

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