Learning to play Poker...some Do's and Don'ts
Some Basic Advice on where to Learn to improve your game and where not.
1) Books. Lots of good Books with Great Poker Knowledge. I recomend Sklansky, Harrington, Caro and Brunson.
2) DVD/Videos. Lots of bad one but there are some decent ones out there. Especialy for Beginners or if you find your self playing bad hands such as A, Trash or Calling a 4X BB raise A, J off suit.
3) Experiance. Play Online and Live if possible. The more you play the better you will get. When you lose a Show down, Go through every move in your head and figure out where you went wrong. Ask yourself if you made the right raise at the right time...Should you have layed it down when you were check raised on the flop etc. Keep in mind that the low stakes games online have a lot of bad play. Most likely going to get sucked out on in these games. Sit-N-Gos start getting full tables of solid players at $50 ad up. The $20+ can be ok with only a hand full of bad players. Cash games $2/$4 Blinds and up will get you the better play.
Where NOT to Learn
1) TV.....I can not stress this enough. Do NOT use TV to learn how to play. You are watching 45 minutes of a final table. Final Table takes 3 to 5 hours in these Major Tourneys on TV. They only show hands where there is excitement. People Bluffing
or playing weak hands etc. Most of these hands you see them play, They do ot play those type hands earlier in the tourney.
Keep in mind at this point in these tourneys, they are paying a ante every hand and the blinds are extremely large. They are invested in every pot and the Blinds can eat you up quik. This forces them to play hands that normaly would get tossed in the trash.
2) Play Money and Free Rolls. This isn't Poker....This is just an Allin see who gets lucky game. No skill required here.