Originally Posted by elusive
Hi everyone, who reads this. I am beginner at poker and it's not yet time to start reading books about poker, I just read articles and manuals, but I haven't found any information on this question yet. So, I decided to ask you guys, cause you're more experienced than me.
Under my question I mean about bluffing, Tight Passive and Loose Passive styles, it's hard for me, when I play in cash games or tournaments.
As I try to parse out this opening post (OP) I wonder It says the original poster (also OP) is a beginner, yet further on he mentions Tight passive and Loose passive as if he understands those concepts. Doesn't quite jive with 'beginner', or someone who is not ready to read books about poker.
I would highly suggest that for 20 or 50 thousand hands you concentrate only on getting those hands done. I also highly suggest you do that via play money games online. Many might argue that play money poker is not real poker. I will not argue that again.
To speed up the process, try a speed poker variant at whatever site you prefer. The only sites I know off who have speed pokers are Stars, Tilt and Bovada
, but I think others also offer some version. And Tilt is being absorbed into Stars very soon.
But at this stage a beginner should be concentrating on getting a ton of hands under his belt. You can learn a lot by osmosis. I can see a decent reason to avoid poker books
for a short while. Poker books are like most technical books. Everything will flow thru a mind without something to connect to. That's why you need those hands. To create a bare framework upon which you can hang the building experiences on. Don't wait too long to start the focused learning.
What the play money game has to offer is experience with every aspect of the game except scared money. The scared money of the game, and how to deal with it can only be experienced with real money
poker. I have never read any argument anywhere that convinced me that learning poker from the git go with scared money was a good idea. In the beginning no one can even imagine what the scared money concept entails!
As for your ring or tourney question. There is little doubt that most players have a preference for one or the other. They do play differently, but not so much as some might think. The tourney version has more serious 'session' considerations than ring. Somewhere around 1 million hands your abilities might converge, but that might be dependent on how you do your focused learning.
Whatever you do early in your poker education, concentrate on observing the whole process. Like I said before, some situations will begin to stand out from the background noise sooner than you think.
Oh yeah, work on having fun while learning. Makes it all better.