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04/20/2012 23:23

New online poker players have an advantage over seasoned players, as they haven't learnt any bad habits. A new poker player has a clean slate to work from - and the aim of the article is to build the foundation of a fantastic poker player.If you've ever watched a televised poker game, you would've heard the expression 'play the player, not the cards'. This is one of the most important aspects of poker, if your opponent folds before the showdown (the end of the hand), it doesn't matter what cards you have - as you muck them and collect the pot. This means you could've had aces in your hand, or deuce seven, and won the pot all the same.A controversial, but very effective way of building your confidence in 'playing the player', is playing blind poker. This is where you cannot see what cards you have in your hand, you only play on your instinct and information you collect from your opponent. Here is an example of how playing blind poker could work.You're in a low stake tournament, on the big blind. One player raises by 3x the big blind, another player calls. Everyone else at the table folds their hand. You make a call, and the flop shows 2, 5, 8. As you can't see your cards, you must use logic and instinct to make a decision. What have your opponents raised with in previous hands? Are the tight or loose players? Do you think that the flop would've helped them? As you can see, by taking away the aspect of seeing your cards you're forcing yourself to play 'real poker'.An example of this technique working is with Annette Obrestad. She won a $4,180 player tournament with a post-it note covering her hole cards. This strategy is not aimed at making money from poker, it's aimed at allowing a player to hone their poker skills. If you play several low staked tournaments without seeing your cards, when you CAN see your cards you will naturally use all the skills you need to make the correct decision.Use this poker strategy for free by using the best online poker site's no deposit poker bonuses, it allows you to practise playing poker without having to deposit any money! Once you have played 5 or 6 Multi Table Tournaments without looking at your cards, you'll be ready to use your skills in traditional style poker. Good luck to all poker players using the 'blind strategy', I hope this tip brings you poker success!  Check out online gambling sites uk for details.