Make sure you know all the rules well
In poker, as in any other game, do not do without knowledge of all the rules. To begin with, you need to learn to deal with combinations, to understand “what beats what”. That is, you must understand how 2×2=4, that the flash beats the street, and the full house beats them both. But that’s not all, you have to deal with bets, with opening cards, with side banks, with different formats of tournaments, etc.
There are many different resources for learning in today’s poker world, from books and forums to tutorial videos and handouts analysis. If you prefer to play online, you can start making your first steps in poker with a game of conditional money. There’s no shame in it. We all used to start and learn combinations. And there’s nothing wrong with doing it on tables with conditional money, where you won’t risk anything.
All poker rooms online offer a game with conditional money. There you will get used to the game, you will understand all the rules in detail. But remember that there you can not win real money. And the goal of every professional green carder is to earn poker. So as soon as you understand the basics and feel comfortable, go to the game for real money. Otherwise, you can get stuck on a safe game of conditional chips for a very long time, and lose precious time.
Do not be fond of drawing a dart
There is a bug that is very common with beginners inexperienced players – they love to play dro and are willing to pay a lot for them. Here it is important to understand the concepts of basic poker math, and above all the chances of the bank.
You can only collide your wood hand if the odds of the Pot allow it. That is, your equity (chances to collect a winning hand) should be higher than the current chances of the bank.
Do not play the highsteix
This advice is directly related to the game of bankroll. You need to play as part of your bankroll. But even if you have a big bankroll, you should not go to limits for which you do not have enough experience.
If you are just starting your poker career, I would advise you to start with the lowest limits – both online and offline. Most often online, this limit will be NL2. This game has a maximum buy-in of $2, and the blinds are 1 and 2 cents. You may be bored on such low limits. But this should only give you the incentive to beat this limit faster and go further.
This game will help you form the right poker habits, and above all discipline. If you are inexperienced and with money immediately go to the clouds’ limits, the regulators will be only glad to see you there. But for you it will end quite quickly and sadly. You should not overestimate your strength and abilities. You can’t do without experience, distance and a long work on yourself in poker.
Do not play too many tables at the same time
Beginner players should not hurry and quickly move to multiteaming. In online multiteibling is very profitable, and thanks to it you can increase your winnings. But for this there is a necessary condition – you must be ready for it.
Each additional table takes away some of your concentration, and you can start making mistakes. So you should start the game with one table. And when you feel confident, comfortable and even a little bored, only then add the next table. Adding tables is also recommended one at a time. So you can gradually get used to the new format of the game, and can stop in time if you feel uncomfortable playing and you will notice some mistakes due to loss of focus.
Understand the importance of the position
Position is one of the key moments for success in poker. You should try to play as many hands as possible from a position, and then your winnings will grow. When you are the last to make a decision, you have an undeniable advantage – information, and thus you can increase your profit on the course. Information about your opponent’s actions will allow you to take full control of the handouts. You will be able to place a valley or bluff bet. You will be able to check back and see a free card on the next street. You will have everything in your hands.
But your opponent will have to act first and guess exactly what you will do. So try to play a lot of hands from the Button and Cat-offs – from late positions, and be more careful when you do not have a position.
Use poker software
Some poker professionals win without using poker software. But if you are a beginner player and want to take all steps to improve your results, you can not do without poker trackers. Such programs will definitely help you make better decisions, so you should definitely try them.
Poker trackers collect all the necessary information from the handouts you play and convert it into convenient statistics. This will help you generate useful reds on your opponents.
Using HUD becomes just a necessary part of the game if you switch to multiplaying – simultaneous play at several tables. Multiteaming requires many decisions at once, and it will be very difficult for you to keep track of all the events and actions at all tables at once. Using poker software will help you quickly classify your opponents as chips or regulators, and you can build a suitable counter strategy against each of them.
This advice does not seem serious, but in fact it is very important. You need to learn how to love poker and enjoy the process of playing it. Poker is a fascinating game with different formats (from cash games to tournaments, from heads-up to MTT). You need to find the most suitable format for you, and it is necessary that you like what you do.
In poker there are strong Astrias and Downtrees. Sometimes you will jump with joy, and sometimes you will fall into deep depression. A professional greener plays a lot, and you just won’t be able to play this volume if poker is not for your joy. Your love of the game is what will help you cope with failures and go further, straight to the victories.