re: Poker & Where should beginners start to play poker?
Welcome back mar.
We all hope you have read all of these StrategyArticles (http://www.cardschat.com/poker-strategy.php)
We also hope you are in the phase all beginners should go through of playing as many hands as you can. Cheaply, but better would be free.
You need to get a lot of hands under your belt, A WHOLE lot! 100,000 hands sound like a lot of hands but when many of your online opponents have over a million hands under their belts, you can see where experience will come into the factoring.
How fast can one get to 100,00 hands? I played a sng last night, about 100 hands, took about 90 minutes. I only single tabled it. Many multi-table (several games going on in different windows at the same time). Rumors are some play over 10 tables at a time. I can only fit 4 on my monitor.
So lets say I play about 100 hands a night, 365 days a year, single tabling.
36500 per year. Trust me, I play much more than that. I only played that one sng last night. It is not uncommon for any of us to be playing 5 hours, or much more per day. It is not so uncommon for many players to be playing several tables at once. So 100,000 hands per year online is not something anyone should snicker at. I'm sure there are those serious players who would say they do that in a month.
Point is, you are at that stage, where assuming you are reading voraciously, you need to be playing hands.
Play them free till you feel really comfortable beating them regularly.