Contrary to the belief that beginners should take it slow at the start, poker is a game that demands timed, focused aggression. And as you begin to grasp the concepts and card combinations of the game, you’ll quickly learn that you need to amp up the aggression at the table in order to succeed.
Plenty of newbie players are wary or are too cautious about making their first bet. They will second and third-guess themselves on when they should raise or when they should call. You should definitely adopt a more aggressive playstyle than you would normally.
The reasoning here is that, in a full table, you’ll need to push the players with weaker holdings out quickly — either by forcing them to raise or making them fold. Yes, it’s the concept of the last man standing in poker. From another perspective, your odds of winning are only about 17% with a full table and with only two in the pot, your chances shoot up to 50%!
But the worst part about playing overly cautious is that you tag yourself as a weaker player to the rest of the table. If you barely place any bets or raise or make calls, you’ll find that you will be the one who will be forced out by the other players over time.
When you bet big in poker, the rest of the table will understand that you hold a strong hand or at least be threatened by a perceived strong hand — whether you’re playing a bluff or not.
Do remember that aggression pays off in poker. If you have confidence in your hand, the best move that you can do is to milk the table for all that you can get.