If you are reading this, chances are you are one of those people who dreamed of making it easy by playing Texas hold’em in the tournaments like the stars do. Of course, there is a full house and everyone else at the table has nothing more than a pair and there is $10,000 at stake, you will walk away $10,000 richer. Easy money right?

Not if you are one of those people who is holding a pair instead of the full house. Then you would be at a loss of a whopping $10,000. Playing poker is not for the faint of heart, you got to be willing to take your losses as well as you take your wins. The game is relatively simple but complicated on the game of chance. Poker is based on math, psychology, and probability.

Most of the skilled players know how to manipulate the other players perception of their own actions and strategic planning gets implement. Most players will call your bluff and throw in a high roller and if the strategy is done right, they call your bluff and bet everything when you know that you have got the hand won; reverse psychology. Better be prepared to have your poker face when the chips are down and have that wild card handy to bail you out and end up walking away with the pot.

Just be sure to back up that bluff in the case of a showdown and this is the part where it becomes intense. If you have already reached the showdown, your decision to call and fold will be based on the amount of money you already have at stake and how much you have readily available. The same goes for your opponent. If your opponent is down and low on the money, the chances of having them fold becomes greater and vice-versa. One has to be careful because the mind is unpredictable and there is always a 50-50 chance that the bluff plan backfires; do not forget to add in desperation as a probability!