Tactics are short-term while strategy involves long term planning - and that is the basic difference. We use tactics while in the thick of a poker. Generally, novice players call bets way too often. If you're new to poker the most profitable strategy that will get you into the least trouble is to play (ultra). For a pure beginner, I'd suggest the following: 1. Play tight. Don't get involved in starting hands Poker strategy is infernally complex, and applying it effectively at the tables requires a great deal of experience. For a beginner, it's easy to.