On Poker: Never play with 'Lucky,' wash your hands a lot, and 15 more poker tips – Post-Bulletin

Whenever I talk poker with somebody, I won’t end the conversation without asking what his or her best tip or piece of advice is. The answers typically are to the point and always different, yet in some small way, the tips have a way of adding up and can really benefit your poker game.

Here are some of my favorites accumulated over the years:

Never bluff into a calling station. The money won when it’s successful never will be as much as the money lost when it fails.

Don’t fall into the madness abyss. If your table is filled to the brim with aggressive maniacs who don’t have any hand standards, that doesn’t mean you look down at K-10 and treat it like A-K.

Treat top pair for what it is: a decent but very beatable hand. Going broke with it is like striking out in a slow-pitch softball game.

Don’t lend money to anyone in a gambling environment.

Folding your hand without committing any money to the pot is the most profitable long-term play in poker.

— In small, low-limit games, tipping the dealers is proper etiquette, but be smart about it. If you are consistently dragging $10 pots and flipping a couple of bucks to the dealer, that money, combined with the table rake, will make the game unbeatable.

Don’t eat at the table. Poker chips are disgusting enough, being touched by hundreds of hands between cleanings that may or may not happen with any consistency. They really don’t need any sticky sauce from your lo mein dish or a spattering of ketchup from that tableside burger. If you are hungry, rack

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