How To Play Poker For Beginners
Make a planMany beginners in poker struggle when they first start to play poker because they don't know where to start or how.
How the game worksThe first thing you need to know is how a game of poker works. Most beginner players start off playing the most popular form of poker which is Texas Holdem. To help you get to grips with this we have written an article on the rules of texas holdem.
Choose a format of the game and learn as much strategy as possibleEven after you learn how to play Texas Holden poker there are still many variations of that game. On Tagpoker we have a huge amount of free poker training videos focusing on a variation of the game known as a heads up sit and go. Many beginner poker players also like to learn how to play 6 person poker (also known as 6 max). If you're interested in learning to play with more people at the table then be sure to check out our free 6 player study material in this forum thread
Don't go it alone - Get a study partnerFind a poker friend who is also in the same boat as you, a player that is also learning how to play online poker. There are many beginners that are trying to learn how to play online poker and together you will be stronger. We have built a very friendly poker forum for our sites members and students to do exactly that and get together to help each other improve, exchange ideas about what they have been learning and what works for them as well as support each other as poker can be challenging at times to say the least.
Bankroll Management - Don't go broke in one hand!This is a huge pitfall for many beginner poker players. You need to learn how to choose games based on your bankroll size and many people underestimate just how many buyins you should have before sitting down to play poker. Many online poker pros have between 60 - 100 buyins in their bankroll to help deal with the swings of poker. The truth is that you can play really well and still easily lose multiple buyins having done nothing wrong. In order to protect against this you will need to develop the discipline to move up and down is stakes as and when your bankroll dictates. A good rule of thumb for a recreational player is to move up to a stake level when you have 30 buyins for that level but he happy to drop down to the stake level below if you fall to under 25 buyins. When you're at the lower stake you only move back up once you re build your roll to 30 again. This strategy also known as bankroll management will greatly reduce your risk of ever going broke.
Find The Easiest Poker Sites Online.Having taken the time to learn how to win at poker, now you want to find where you play the most people that havn't. To really maximize your time playing poker online it is always best to find the weakest competition possible.Luckily we have done that reseach for you and found two of the easiest poker sites in the world due to the level of terrible players found there. Below are my top five poker rooms for poker bonuses and ease of competition. Read through all of the options to decide which is best for you. There are hundreds of poker rooms online and I have chosen these five specifically for their mix of soft games and high poker bonuses.
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Have You Ever Tested Your Poker Knowledge?If you're wondering if you really need poker coaching then try my quick 10 question heads up SNG test.
Heads Up Poker CourseFind out all about my complete heads up poker training course which includes a mixture of power point study videos as well as live one to one training with me, over Skype.
I hope this has given you a fantastic starting point to your poker career and there are hundreds more pages of strategy on Tagpoker to keep you going for some time to come. Good luck at the tables.