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How to Become a Professional Poker Player?

Poker is a game that has to be studied before playing

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Poker games involve the use of skill, psychology, and tactics. Pixabay

Poker games involve the use of skill, psychology, and tactics. Over a period of time, one can gain expertise in playing this game by mastering three aspects that are the key to the game. This game has a standard pack of 52 cards. Cards are ranked from high to low and include Ace, King, Queen, Jack and the remaining numbers from 10 to 2. Four suits include Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs. Poker hands are made of five cards and the highest hand is the one that wins.

But, how can one become a professional poker player? Here are a few tips that can help answer this question and guide through playing poker for real money.

Professional Poker Player
The key to playing poker professionally is to learn which hands to use.

Study the Game

Poker is a game that has to be studied before playing. Without study, one cannot stand a chance to win this game or become a professional poker player. As a first step, it is important to learn this game and understand the rules. It is beneficial to remember the rules of the game in order to be alert at all points while playing the game. There is an abundance of information on the net as far as the rules, strategies, and poker variants are concerned.

While researching the game, one must try and focus on how it can be played fairly. This tactic can go a long way in ensuring recurring wins. Poker in India can be learned and played on online platforms, especially if one is considering playing poker for real money.

Focus on Winning Hands

Over and above studying the game, the key to playing poker professionally is to learn which hands to use. This strategy can be mastered only with umpteen practice and focus. Professional poker players try to improvise on the timing of fold. While learning about playing various hands, one must refrain from playing all hands at once. The idea is to not try too hard for a win in each game. It is about learning in every game and then improvising.

Poker Strategy

As people get a grip of this game, the next step is to learn bluffing. It is considered one of the most important strategies in the game of poker. This can be used only once the game has been thoroughly understood. While professionals tend to use this strategy very rarely, they usually end up winning whenever it is put to good use. For new players, however, this strategy is meaningless because it could end up making the player lose the game. Overusing this strategy is not considered practical.

Alertness and Choice of Game

Staying alert about all actions around the poker table can be of great significance in being at the top of the game. One has to constantly know their position at every stage of the game. It is not possible to see the cards that other players carry, but it is possible to be observant at all times. The behaviour of other poker players across the table can tell a lot about their situation in the game. Poker players also tend to select different poker games in order to learn more tricks about the game.

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Poker in India is gaining more and more ground with awareness among enthusiasts about the strategies of the game. It is a game that requires the implementation of strategies at the right time. Mastering this game is not easy, but with constant learning, it can end up being a fun game.

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Skill Development conference in Chicago area by Indian Consulate


Panel Discussion on “Skill Development Programme in India: Opportunities for
American Organisations” held by Indian Consulate. 

Here are the highlights:

  1. The Consulate General of India, Chicago in partnership with the US India Chamber of
    Commerce – Midwest, Chicago hosted a Panel Discussion on “Skill Development Program in India: Opportunities for American Organizations” on Monday, March 28, 2016 at
    Naperville, Illinois. The event was attended by nearly fifty leading business persons and
    entrepreneurs working in different sectors of economy in the US-Midwest, besides officials of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and members of the Chamber.
  2.  Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago, delivered a keynote address on Prime Minister’s Skill Development Mission, while presentations were made by Mr. Frank Avila, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and Mr. Shyam Pappu, Engineer (MWRD) and Dr. Shekhar Mishra, Deputy Project Manager and International Collaboration Coordinator, Fermilab, Chicago. Mr. Krishna Reddy, Managing Director and Mr. K. Naga Prasad, CEO of iDiya Labs, a software company based in Hyderabad, Telangana participated in the panel discussion through webinar. Mr Ajit Pant, President of the US India Chamber of Commerce – Midwest gave an overview of the Chamber and its activities and welcomed the gathering.
  3.  Consul General Dr. Ausaf Sayeed stressed that skills and knowledge are the two driving
    forces for sustainable economic growth and social development for any country. He mentioned that by 2020 India would be the youngest nation in the world in terms of the average age of the population. He said currently India has 650 million youth who are below 25 years of age and this is India’s untapped potential and a ‘demographic dividend’, which could add a significant 2% growth to India’s GDP if the youth are given formal training in skills to make them job ready and become a key driving force of economic growth.
  4.  Consul General gave highlights of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and said that
    it is a flagship programme aimed at increasing the annual skilling capacity from the current level 2 of around 7 million to 500 million by 2022. The Government of India (GOI) is determined to establish at least one skill development centre in each of the 688 districts of India. The target for skill training would be aligned to the demand generated from other GOI flagship programmes like Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Digital India and others. Referring to the possibility of setting up of co-branded ‘Corporate Skill Excellence Centres’ using the public-private partnership mode, the Consul General invited the entrepreneurs, corporates, chambers of commerce and vocational and academic institutions in the US Midwest to whole heartedly participate in the Skill India Development Mission.
  5.  Commissioner Frank Avila emphasized on the need for spreading awareness in India about the proper waste management techniques. He said that waste water can serve as the “next oil” as it has water, energy and fertilizer and can be put to optimum use. Commissioner Frank Avila shared details of his visit to India last month as head of MWRD delegation during which he conducted two workshops on “Innovative and Sustainable Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Treatment Plants” at Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, which were very successful. He offered to conclude MoUs between the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Department of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and counterpart Indian institutions for transferring knowledge, skill development and capacity building in the field of waste water management.
  6.  Dr. Shekhar Mishra made a presentation on “Make in India, with High Technology Skill
    developed in India” wherein he shared details about the ongoing collaboration between the
    Fermilab and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), which is focused on developing
    technologies and infrastructure in India that would enable utilization of alternative fuels for
    energy, besides having applications for water purification, Medical imaging and cancer therapy.
  7.  Mr. Krishna Reddy, Managing Director and Mr. K. Naga Prasad referred to the healthy
    startup environment in India and said that the recent initiatives taken by GOI have generated
    considerable excitement among the Indian entrepreneurs.
  8. The Panel discussion concluded with an interactive “Question- Answer” session.