It is a fact that poker has been widely proliferated and popularized through television. From celebrities playing poker, up to reality shows involving poker players, the game has really reached a wide audience. Thus, more and more people are becoming interested in playing the game.
A bad effect of poker shows on TV is that they give the wrong impression to people. TV shows often edit out the boring parts of poker, such that what they give out are the exciting, lucky plays. An example of this is a player with a bad hand that goes all in and recovers because of a miraculous improvement on the river. Or sometimes, they show a player who steals a large pot by bluffing.
If you are interested in poker, you have to read up on strategy and not just watch TV. Otherwise, you will end up as one of the two types of worst beginning poker players ever: the maniac and the impulsive.
1. The maniac
The maniac is that poker player who sits in a low-limit table but raises as if they are in a no-limit table. They raise every hand they could, even really weak hands. They think that bluffing is equivalent to playing aggressively very blindly.
The maniac is really easy to beat. Poker players with a good strategy would only need to slow-play and milk the maniac out of their money.
2. The impulsive
The hysteric is that beginning poker player who plays passively, yet weakly. They are hesitant to show aggression, but would not fold. They check if no one has opened yet, and call if someone has.
The impulsive is a bit harder to beat than the maniac. Bluffing would be not an option against them since they would call each and every raise, and one could not slow-play with this kind of opponent. However, because they play weak hands, they will only lose money in a painful pace. This is because more experienced players need only to follow the general poker strategy: play fewer hands, play aggressively.
You do not want to be any of these two players. Becoming a maniac or an impulsive will only lead you to a bad credit, or an empty wallet.
Take the time to read up on valuable poker strategy. Always keep in mind that luck is indeed a factor in poker, but a minute one. It is strategy that helps a player to win the game. And poker is indeed a game of strategy, and not luck.