re: Poker & When do I switch from play money and freerolls to cash games
I played freerolls and play money games for a looong time before taking the plunge and making a deposit.
I also read four poker books, a couple of them twice. As far as freeroll cashing goes, I cashed on PokerStars
, FullTilt, and PokerTime.
There is a difference in play money games vs real money games, but the same principles apply. Self control, tight play, proper chip management. If you can work your way to $1,000,000 play money chips without going on a spew-fest, then you can make money in the micro limit games.
The big difference is going to be aggression. In free games, there's no financial penalty for losing so you can't bluff as much. You pretty much play tight solid poker then overbet when you have a hand and get paid off on the showdown.
In real money games people are willing to fold a lot more often, so you'll win a much greater percentage of pots without a showdown. So aggression is a bigger factor. I'm not saying bluff, as people still have a habit of calling you down. But making continuation bets and playing position are *much* bigger factors.
Also, players are a bit smarter, so sitting back and over-betting
when you have big hands won't be profitable. You can make a little money by just waiting for the big hands and betting, but not much.
If I was to do it all over again, I'd make $1,000,000 in play money on PokerStars. I'd also make sure I cashed in a few freerolls.
Then I'd sell my play money chips
and play with the $10 to get a feel for the money games. If I thought I was ready to play for money at that point (win or lose) I'd make a deposit.