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Playing Poker Professionally

12 top tips to think about when considering a professional poker career.

Avoiding Tilt

We've all experienced tilt at one point or another, but when you can channel these feelings of rage and anger into something more productive, you can become the most dangerous poker player in the room.


We like a bit of bluffing at Stone Cold Bluff. There's no better feeling when you've fired the third bullet and you force your opponent to lay down a monster. Then you turn over your two eight off-suit. Nice.


We all know when to check, but take a look at these tips to learn the best time to do it depending on your hand and the other players involved in the pot.

Five Card Draw

Sometimes it's healthy to take a break from playing hold'em. You know, just chill out and recharge the batteries a little bit. What better way to take a break than to play some five card draw poker!?

Flop Texture

Something everyone should be aware of is when to punt (or when not to punt) into a dangerous board. The texture of the flop will help you determine your next move.


Another strong move to make at the poker table is to fold. Knowing when you are beat is an important part of your chip damage limitation.


Making notes on your opponents at the table is a very vital part of your online poker game strategy.


The strongest move you can do at any poker table is to raise. Crank that pot up and make your opponent pay to see your cards.

Seating Position

Where you sit at the poker table is just as important as the poker cards you play. Learn about how your pocket cards get better or worse depending on how far away you are from the dealer button.

Stack Percentages

You know you've been there before. You've done nothing wrong the whole game except have a stab at a few pots and seen a couple of worthwhile flops. Next thing you know, you look down and see the big blind of 500 is coming your way and you've only got 350 left in chips. Bugger!

Squeeze Effect

A very effective move to push weaker players out of a pot. Find out how to implement the squeeze effect to increase your chip count against loose aggressive players.

Work Out Percentages

Turn your odds and outs into percentages and calculate if you should be raising or folding your hand. Poker odds are one of the key elements you need to know when sitting down for a poker game. What are the chances of hitting your flush? Is it worth calling another 100 into a 2,000 pot?