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November 23, 2006

How to Win at Poker

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Types of men you may run into at the table:
The Protector — He looks at you like you are his mother, sister, or wife and couldn’t ever imagine hurting you by taking a pot. You can bluff this type more often, you can tell when they have a hand, and they will actually sometimes even tell you to fold. Listen when they talk.

The Chauvinist — He is actually the player you want to play with the most. He hates you just because you are a woman. You love him because he won’t give you any credit and thinks a girl could never know how to play a man’s game. He hates the fact that a woman is sitting at his table and he wants his male-bonding time. He will try to bluff you, and you always want to have a hand against him because you will always be paid off in the end.

The Flirter — Sometimes he will act similar to the Protector, but he can also take on the characteristics of the Chauvinist, too. He may want to impress you with his superior poker skills, so he will bluff into you more often and may bet aggressively toward you as a way of trying to get to know you. Against this type of player you want to bet your hands for value, and you don’t want to bluff into them too often because they can turn into a calling station (call every bet you make). The other type of Flirter may actually be a bit intimidated by you. You aren’t going to make a whole bunch of money against him; you will bluff into him more often because he doesn’t want you to lose a pot. He probably won’t want to get involved in too many pots with you because he doesn’t know how to react or act. You can raise his blinds more freely, as he will probably just want to give it up to you early.

Practice makes perfect:
Find a comfortable no-stakes environment to secretly hone your poker skills. Hands-On Mobile recently launched World Poker Tour Texas Hold 'Em 2, which lets you play online or on your cell phone, allowing you to practice on your couch or on your commute — anytime that is convenient to you. When you are ready, you can confidently settle into a poker table and stun the boys as you take all their chips. For more information, visit WPTMobile.net

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