Thanks for all the words of wisdom.
I've been reading through http://www.cardschat.com/poker/lessons/ as well. I've been reading a lot more than I've been playing actually, but without a deposit the games I'm seeing I don't think are very good training material, but its a ton of fun.
I'm definitely in this for the fun of the game, not the money, but that being said I don't feel like I'm really playing the game correctly in these free places. I guess its a bit of a catch-22 early on. You don't want to put in money that will almost definitely be lost, but at the same time its hard to get a good idea of what money play will be like without the money!
I've been concentrating on FTP. I was wondering if someone could explain the rakeback a bit better. I understand what it is, but is it something that sticks with your account forever or just a limited time? Would it be a good idea to go ahead and make a new account with the rakeback bonus right now even though I'm not planning to use real money for awhile?
Another question, I have popped into pokerstars
for a bit and I noticed they have "Training" games. Anyone capable of explaining how these work and whether they are worth trying?
Yet another question. Is there a nice website with the most common graphs/spreadsheets/flash cards with odds
and whatnot? It would be nice to be able to glance at a website or piece of paper that would give me some odds on my cards. Just the most basic stuff. I have a copy of "Mathematics And Poker (Brian Alspach)" and Phil Gordon's "Little Green Book", and a pdf copy of "The Theory of Poker (Seventh printing, Complete) (David Sklansky)" among many many others I downloaded. I'm starting with the Phil Gordon book, but I feel like I need to get a better base in the mathematics of poker before worrying more about the science/social aspect of poker.
EDIT: Well I answered this question by just following dj11's link, lots of odds info there!
How do you guys feel about the other poker games
? Razz/Omaha/etc? Should I put some effort into learning these games as well or just focus all my attention on hold'em? I'm thinking at this point I should probably just stick with hold'em till I have a better grasp on how it works.
Thanks, thanks, thanks. I can't say it enough. Thank you all.