How to start playing online poker

Millions of people play online poker. This industry is gaining momentum exponentially every year. And if you, decided to master this game, moreover, want to earn by playing it (and it is possible), we offer you an introductory guide to online poker for reading.

Let's make a reservation right away that online poker on our site means club poker, where real people play with each other, and not with the casino. In this case, an online poker room (poker room) is a place where thousands of players from around the world play poker with each other. For the fact that players play in a particular room, they automatically pay a small percentage of 3-5% from each win in the poker room.

First of all, you must, of course, familiarize yourself with the rules of the game of Texas Hold'em (Texas Holdem). You ask, why exactly with the rules of this game? The fact is that there are a lot of types of poker, but Texas Hold'em is the most popular of them, any poker room provides an opportunity to play it.

In the process of learning the rules, we gradually recommend that you familiarize yourself with poker terminology using a glossary of terms.

Now you need to choose a poker room, for this you can go to the section rooms and choose any of them. We of course recommend Pacific poker (the only poker room that gives a bonus immediately is 25% to $100, i.e. you lay down 400$, get 100$, remove your 400$ and play at 100$, if you lose, you lose nothing; besides, there are a lot of bad players, and this it means that it is easier to win), but we leave the choice to you.

After choosing, you go to the site, download the client program, create a new account (register). Please note that when registering, indicate the data that is written in the passport and nothing else. Otherwise, you may have difficulty in withdrawing money.

All rooms offer their players the game, both for real money (real money) and candy wrappers (play money).

Play money is a way to get acquainted with the game and the game server interface. Long-term play on Play money is fraught with the acquisition of bad habits, which will be very long and difficult to eradicate. Therefore, it is recommended to play with these candy wrappers, only for the purpose of familiarizing yourself with the game and software.

Real money is what you need. How do you get started? There are 2 ways:

1) these are freerolls (Freerolls) - tournaments with free entry, where you can win your starting capital (on the main page there is a daily freeroll schedule at different poker rooms);

2) deposit (deposit).

For a novice player, getting into the coveted top - places paid will most likely take a very long time, and the gain will not be comparable to the expenditure of time and effort. Therefore, the best way to start playing is still a deposit.

There are several ways, both input (deposit) and withdrawal of funds (cash out). We list only the most popular and affordable ones:

1. credit card, the most common - Visa, MasterCard (input, output - only in some);

2. bank transfer - wire transfer (input-output);

3.check - check (withdrawal).

Note also that there are poker rooms that accept webmoney, but only a few of them.

Each room has its own range of limits (bet level). The minimum bets on each poker room are different. Typically, they range from 0.01$ / 0.02$ to 0.5$ / 1$. The minimum deposit amounts are also different, on most poker rooms the minimum amount is 20-25$. Agree, this is clearly not an exorbitant amount. Let's try to compare and analyze the above. Let's say you have deposited 20$, where the minimum rates are 0.01 / 0.02$. Your bankroll is 20$ / 0.02$ = 000BB (Big Blind - big bets). This is a very large bankroll. For comparison, for the average player it is recommended to have a bankroll of only 300BB In addition to the amount of your deposit, all poker rooms give bonuses for the first deposit (additional amount of money), this bonus is 25%-300% from your initial deposit, which in turn has a limit - most often 100$, but there are more.

A few words about the limits 0.01$ / 0.02$ - 0.25$ / 0.5$. From the point of view of the game, these limits differ little in terms of the quality of the game from playing at Play Money. If you are ready to take poker seriously and play seriously, then these limits can be a starting point for you in your professional approach to the game. But capital accumulation for higher games can take a very long time. First of all, it is weak motivation. The size of the bets seems too small and, as a consequence, a frivolous approach to the game. Many famous players recommend starting with the limit
0.5$ / 1$ and have a starting capital of 100-300BB, i.e. 100$-300$. Here, motivation is already emerging, a qualitative accumulation of gaming experience is underway, incentives appear to constantly improve the quality of your game.

Now let's move on to the most important thing, how to make money playing poker.

People play poker for two main reasons:

- this is excitement that brings adrenaline into their lives. This type of player lives with the hope of big wins and wins;

- this is earnings, which can be both additional and basic (professional game).

Probably, it will not be untrue to say that everyone who begins to conquer the heights of poker considers themselves (or wants to be so) to the second category of players. But some time passes, and the player begins to realize that poker is not profitable for him. What's going on? There can be quite a few reasons for this, from a misunderstanding of the length of the playing period to a misunderstanding of the game itself.

First of all, you shouldn't gamble with your last money. The game, especially the learning process, and its early stages should absolutely not burden your usual life.

It is important to understand how much you can win. A stable good positive player has an average of 2-7BB / 100 hands (BB - big blind, big blind, big bet) at low limits (0.5$ / 1$… 3$ / 6$). In an hour, playing 2 tables, the player wins back 110-150 hands, so in an hour it turns out - 2.2-7.7BB / hour - 3-10.5BB / hour. Those. at the limit 0.5$ / 1$ a good player earns 2.2$-10.5$ / hour If you have such indicators at a distance, then you can only congratulate you. You should not be especially deluded by your successes in the early stages of your playing practice. In order for your statistics to be reliable enough, you need to evaluate your play on a sufficiently large number of hands. With an increase in the level of rates, the BB / 100ruk indicator will invariably decrease. Start playing with small limits, even if your financial situation allows you to play at higher stakes. It is recommended to play 25,000 hands at the limit (we are talking only about the low limits - 0.5$ / 1$, .. 3$ / 6$) before moving on to higher stakes. Where did this figure come from? First of all, this is a long enough interval to assess the stability of your game. If during this time you have a predetermined winrate - 2-7BB / 100 hands, then you can move on to the next limit. Do not flatter yourself with one-time successes or short-term positive streaks and jump to a higher level. 100BB in a couple of hours is not a reason to consider yourself a "pro" in this game. In 99%, your desire to conquer the higher stakes will end badly for you. Remember that your goal is to methodically gain experience and build a bankroll for high stakes.

Analyze your game constantly. In order to constantly be in the black, you have to play a lot and read a lot - this is an axiom. Poker is a small game. By increasing your winnings by 1-3%, in some standard situations, or by decreasing your loss by 1-3%, you will have a noticeable increase to your bank at a distance. Train yourself to analyze your game from the very beginning after the end of the game session.

Negative streaks. This is probably the hardest psychological part of poker. A player of any level always has negative streaks in his game. If a player is not ready for a negative game for himself, then in some time (the length of the negative streak) he can lose a lot. Whether you tilt or not is up to you. Player tilt is what brings the maximum income to his opponents. At the lower limits, absolutely every player would be playing tilt on a negative streak. I won't tell you a secret that winning in poker is minimizing your losses and maximizing the losses of your opponents... There are quite a few guidelines on how to deal with tilt.

For low limits, the following are the best:

- start playing one table less;

- start playing at a lower limit;

- decrease by 5-10% the ranking of starting hands from ALL positions;

- avoid playing at the table with a maniac;

- play tight tables.

All of the above recommendations apply ONLY to tilt play, not to play in a negative streak. Whether your struggle is successful or not depends only on you. But if you follow ALL of the above, then you yourself will notice how much easier it will become for you to endure negative tilt play, and over time you will forget about tilt.

In the future, we advise you to read (in particular the articles on our site), play a lot and analyze.]]

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