Play without a mind in your head for profit. Do not think about the bankroll. Play more freerolls to be sure that at lease you will be on zero, the only thing you can do is to gain something without paying anything. If you loose, frustration will be not so big.
Get a notebook. Any notebook. Doesn't have to be fancy. Write down the rules of poker that you have for your self. For example, write down how you intend to play AA should that hand come your way. Write down what hands you will play. Write down what hands you will not play. Write down what table(s) you usually play. Write down the tables you will stay away from. Write down as many rules for yourself as you possibly can. Once you've written them down study them. Rewrite them. Study them again. You will change them according to what works and what doesn't work. After you've changed them, write them down again. Study them again. Read them before each poker session. Anytime you make a deposit and your about to play....DON'T!!!!!!! Rewrite your rules and Study them again. Then play! Even if you haven't made any changes to your rules...do it anyway!
When you finally enter a session. As soon as you get dealt a hand....YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO WITH IT. As soon as a player bets you...YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO WITH IT. When you feel it's time to bet...YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHEN AND HOW MUCH.
The villain will notice the confidence with which you are making your decisions, causing him to question and doubt his own, therefore making it more likely he'll fold. If he doesn't, it's because he has the nuts and hopefully your rules will help you pick up on that. Good Luck!
Try to win big pots with little investments.
This means for instance in NLHE cheap flops and big payouts for monsters.
And don't be results orientated, just make good to very good decisions every time you sit down at a real or virtual poker table.
What I'm going to say now to any poker beginner is considered boring,but if you are organized enough, it will be worth it. BANKROLL MANAGEMENT!!! (already guided above, but I also agree... or get ready to run after your own tail)
Play freerolls until you build a bank, and feel comfortable trying micro sized holdem games, and tourneys. My strategy is to be in every hand for as cheaply as possible when the blinds are low. I play every hand except those that have been bumped up by another player, unless I have good pocket cards, and I bump it up. As just about every experienced player will tell you, the most important attribute of a poker player is patience, and an even temperament. :lollypop:
Thought of another tip, when joining a tourney, keep in mind the interim between blind increases. I prefer 8-12 minute blinds, but some of the tourneys are 3-5 minutes which leaves little time to build a stack, hence there tends to be more aggressive play in these games which is not good for a beginner!