Learning and getting better at a new game, like poker, can be expensive. It is a game where you get punished financially for your mistakes. Learning at the table can often be the most costly way, in losses and redeposits. Away from the table, the cost of becoming better is significant. Books can cost from $10-$25 a piece. A poker training site can be $20-$30 a month, if they don’t have a sign up fee too. Good poker software to assist you can easily be $60-$80.
Thankfully, in online poker, there are many free resources...
We all desire to play great poker. The reality is a only a small minority of players have the necessary combination of discipline, strategy, and patience to be a long term big winning poker players. There is a larger middle category of small winners and near break even players who battle the rake, have most of the necessary elements mastered, but are weak in a few of them. The last category is one you want to avoid. If you are a noob (i.e newer player) it is a stage you will hope to go through quickly. Your goal should be to avoid being in this long term losing bad poker player category for very long. Bad poker players are characterized by many of the following 12 traits.
No one likes to lose. It’s painful, frustrating and sometimes humiliating. But it can be argued that the fear of losing is even more powerful. The fear of losing incapacitates us. In the fear of potential loss, we refrain from taking any risks, no matter how prudent. This is the death knell for a poker player. Loss is a part of the game. There is no getting around it. Even the best players in the world may not win more than 55-60% of the time in cash games and they finish out of the money in most tournaments they will ever play. Understanding the role losing plays is key if a poker player is ever to progress in their game.
For newer players, position is a greatly underutilized and misunderstood factor in their poker success. Your position at the poker table strongly affects your results for one simple reason. Information is power. The more information you have, the more prepared and educated a decision you can make. The better decision you make, the more likely you will win the hand or make the correct fold. Poker is a game of limited information. You don’t see everyone’s cards, so the best way to piece together the limited information available is to see how everyone acts before you do. To do that you need position.
While poker is very much a game of skill and psychology, there is no escaping the math. Understanding the odds and percentages associated with poker are essential to mastering the game. One needs to be able to calculate the odds of winning a hand or your opponent doing so. Even players who claim they aren’t into math have an intuitive or experiential sense of the odds of made hands versus drawing hands that they face. The basic poker math isn’t overly complicated, but does require some calculation and memorization.
Whether you are a winning or losing online poker player, there is no better advice I can give you than to sign up for rakeback. No online poker player can avoid paying rake for every cash game hand, tournament or SNG. Rakeback is simply a discount on the rake you pay in. For the poker rooms that offer it, establishing a rakeback account is essential. It is free money you are giving away if you don't. The key is to sign up for an account at a new poker room through a trustworthy rakeback affiliate.
There is no better situation in poker than to play in a freeroll. Freeroll tournaments cost you nothing to play and you have the chance to win real money. Understandably, freeroll tournaments are the most popular form of poker found online. Hundreds of thousands of people play them every day. Every poker room and many poker affiliates put up the money for these freeroll tournaments. They are looking to reward their players, provide an environment for improvement, and help players build an online bankroll to consider playing real money poker.
Poker players casually throw around the idea that table selection is an important part of your game. There is no doubt that having sound tactics and a good perspective are important, but putting yourself, physically and mentally, in a good position at the table is essential as well. When you are comfortable at the table, your ability to play your best game increases and so should your results. Poker is a game where your skill advantage is always relative. You don’t need to be the best player, only the best positioned at your table.
Over the years, I have watched a number of TV poker shows. I began watching the World Poker Tour from the very beginning. In the early years, I also watched now defunct shows like Celebrity Poker Showdown, Poker Royale, Poker Superstars, Ultimate Poker Challenge and others. I still watch some of the World Series of Poker on ESPN each year. I really enjoyed when cash games started to take the focus with shows like High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark, The Big Game, and various other shows. I thought it might be interesting to share the seven things I learned from watching TV poker and how it can influence your play as a poker player.
A common question that a lot of newer poker players will ask is can I be cheated in online poker? The answer is yes. Unfortunately, the incidents of cheating get so sensationalized that many live or amateur players fear playing for real money online. The reality is that cheating in online poker occurs in relatively few circumstances compared to the large number of poker sites and players that play.
One of the best ways for a new poker player to grow their bankroll is to play Sit-and-Go’s (also known as SNG). For a newer player, playing cash games can be tricky to learn and your mistakes potentially quite costly. Tournaments take a long time and entail a significant amount of luck and variance. SNG’s, on the other hand, can be an excellent way for a newer poker player to regularly profit. They are essentially a one table tournament with the top three spots reaching the money, or top two if it’s a six person SNG. You have a set number of starting chips with no re-buys. The blinds begin low and move up steadily.
One feature that all successful poker players share is aggression. In order to succeed in the game, one needs to display a certain level of aggression, thereby seizing the initiative, which in turn applies pressure to your opponents. In the long run, the reality is that all poker players will get the same distribution of cards dealt to them. You need to have that killer instinct. Those that play their cards with the most aggression will likely come out on top.
One of the defining steps to improving as a poker player is your ability to change gears. By that I mean to change up your style of play within a session or tournament, often multiple times. As a newer poker player, you are working hard on developing structure and discipline in your game. You are learning what range of hands you should play pre-flop. You are learning learning when to continuation bet the flop. You are learning the highest percentage plays to make to ensure success; like when you should chase or when you should fold. You are looking to establish a tight aggressive foundation for your game. But as you move up and play tougher players, that isn’t enough.
Talk to any poker player and they will be more than happy to share a poker strategy tip or two. Interpreting and implementing those same poker tips can be challenging. They are much less likely to give you the bigger framework or all the secrets of their success for fear of giving away their advantage. Poker Curious has put together ten highly recommended general poker strategy tips for you to try to incorporate in your game.
Once you actually sit at the virtual poker table, there are some general strategy recommendations that will help improve your results. Each suggestion involves considerably more work to refine and work into your game, but they are an important part of most successful player's games. Being aware of these more optimal approaches is the first step to incorporating them into your game.
Poker is a game of incomplete information. Even the best players will disagree on the best strategy in every situation. But there are steps that every player can take to help ensure they have the best chance to become a consistently profitable online poker player. I've included 10 suggestions that have helped many players.
Most people learn poker in a live setting, long before they ever play it online. While it may seem like it should be similar online, there are many different dynamics and considerations. We have recommended ten initial considerations to shape your mindset and manage your play so that it has the best possibility of eventual success.
One of the most popular goals of many newer poker players is to build a bankroll from nothing. These newer players dream of replicating the famous path Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson took of going from nothing to $10k, or as I like to call it from "zero to hero". These players are typically reluctant to deposit money for fear of losing it quickly in real money games against more experienced players, thus discouraging their ongoing play.
Poker Curious is proud to announce a new association with Betboo poker. Betboo is one of Latin America's most popular gambling companies. From offices in Brazil and Uruguay, Betboo offers sportsbook, bingo, and casino in addition to their poker room. They have focused on the passionate Latin American market, but are expanding rapidly and increasing their market penetration in Europe and elsewhere. Their slogan 'Play among friends at Betboo' is embodied by their youthful but experienced support staff who emphasize a fun time at their tables.
DeucesCracked, in conjunction with 918 Films and Robusto LLC, created the ground breaking documentary, From Busto to Robusto, featuring the poker journey of Greg 'Zeebo' Lavery. The poker community really enjoyed an honest quality perspective of one poker player's life. The team is back for a second From Busto to Robusto documentary featuring Andrew 'Good2CU' Robl, which debuts March 28th. Ryan Firpo, the director, took a few minutes to discuss the documentary process and series.