re: Poker & Just started playing online poker for real money
Well, when I was out of work, I played poker. In this period I treasured every single penny too much to play poker, but still did it. I would not recommend this, as it will make you forgot about your priority, which is to find a job , I presume?
Firstly, I'd recommend writing out an excel spreadsheet with details on profit/loss, poker points earned, etc. This way you will be more aware of the money you are losing or winning. At the end of your session, (after signing up for free), I'd recommend logging on to pokertableratings.com (if you play on one of the supported sites: partypoker
, ipoker, 888
, etc), look at your session once its all up on the database and look at key hand you won and lost and see if you got lucky in ones you won and if you could have done anything different in the ones you lost.
I would not recommend playing cash games, as these are a proven way to blow your roll without conditioned discipline. If, like you say, you have plenty of time on your hands, then you may consider playing micro Sit and Go Tournaments (remember, the BRM for these is different to Cash). There is probably a lot more variance in these, as the stacks get smaller and smaller in comparison to the blinds. They are pretty easy to beat on most sites, albeit I found there were always a minimum of 2 regulars/multi-tablers on each table at PokerStars. Read strategy articles on these things and you should do fine.
Playing on multiple tables/signing up to multiple sit and go tournaments, is also a good tool as the downswings should come to an end quicker and short-term variance should even out better.
Don't worry about deposit bonuses at the moment, or scheduled tournaments. ESPECIALLY don't try your luck at 7-card stud, Omaha, 5-card draw, etc. Become a *LONG*-term winning poker player and then you can start thinking about these things.