One of the best ways to learn poker is to watch the pros duke it out at the table and listen to commentators break down every hand. But watching a professional poker player take on amateur players can be even more insightful if you’re still learning.
That’s why we recommend that you watch “Can 4 Guys Beat a Poker Champion?” from the Try Guys. In this episode of their series “4 vs. 1,” they team up against professional poker player Maria Ho. She’s one of the top female poker players in the world, with more than $5 million in live tournament winnings and a recent induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. She’s also a regular commentator for poker tournaments, including the World Series of Poker and the US Poker Open. Ho brings her experienced play, in-depth poker knowledge, and commentator approach to the Try table.
If you’re brand new to poker, Ho and the Try Guys quickly break down how the game of Texas Hold ’em is played, including the rankings of poker hands. They also walk you through other basics, like blind betting, table etiquette, and betting choices, as they play a few hands. You also get to see some amateur moves in action, like trying too hard with a poker face, playing too aggressively too fast, and bluffing haphazardly.
Even if you’re more experienced, you can still get a lot of great insight from Ho talking the guys through what they’re doing right or wrong and from hearing the Try Guys attempt to figure out her tactics.
Here are Ho’s top tips from this episode of “4 vs. 1”:
Be good at math: Know the probabilities for each type of hand, and brush up on your quick calculating skills.
Be a people person: Look for weaknesses as you observe. Then, use table talk to psych them out.
Do the opposite of what the table does: If others are being aggressive, consider going passive for a while so you can observe your opponents and protect your stack.
Play the best starting hands: If you’re starting out at a new table, play out decent pocket cards. That way you can see whether a player is aggressive or passive and adjust your poker strategy accordingly.
Watch “Can 4 Guys Beat a Poker Champ” to learn how to approach any player, regardless of their experience with the game, and even spot mistakes you may be making in your own poker play. Plus, it’s worth watching just to see whether the Try Guys triumph in the final hand.