This is a discussion on Play money or money real within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello, I have a question and I would like your opinion. Are you recommending that a novice player play play money or real money? Does
Novice players need to be sure at the beginning of play on virtual money. This will enable the well to remember first poker card combinations and a little game experience. Then maybe go to the very small table with buy-in $ 0.01-0.02. But the best play at the start of the freeroll and slightly raise the bankroll to move to the the cache.
Playing the play money tables to get used to the site, or if you are new to online poker, to get used to playing online is fine. You will not help yourself as a poker player playing for real money at the play tables because neither you or your opponents are putting anything at risk, you are just playing around.
I don't seem to have accomplished much with my life so far-----------, but I'm sure making good time.
I think play money is entirely a waste of time unless you do not yet understand the fundamentals of the game. Things like positioning and what hands beat what.
The variance in play money is absolutely bonkers. People will open things like 93os, T4, K3, and many other banana hands. Sure you might have a suited ace or even a high pocket pair, but vs 4+ opponents you will only be a slight favorite.
Then it comes down to what you are playing for. Nothing. That is why I, as a new player as well, am slugging it out in the freeroll streets. Sure, I still run into a lot of nonsense but I am still playing for something. In the few deep runs I've made people play a little more how you'd expect.
[QUOTE=huefers;3397799]I think play money is entirely a waste of time unless you do not yet understand the fundamentals of the game. Things like positioning and what hands beat what.
The variance in play money is absolutely bonkers. [QUOTE]
I think tournaments are safer then cash games to start, but play money is rediculous. People just do really dumb things when there is 0 risk. Even a freeroll has "some" reward and so towards the end you can see proper play.
Only as some exercise in math, adjusting you shove rages... pretty much thats it. If you will it's a ICMizer with real people =)
Poker is a game of greed, if you don't care about loosing something - you do care of you lose (obv. I know.).
For every decent player who has a fold button you will have 7 who think that pulling 2-outer is good... and they might be right. if they win - they win, if they lose - they dont really lose
Players won't play the game realistically with fake money. It's a good way to learn the very basics of the game.
Some casino's offer "beginner tournaments" with low buy in, and a wider pay-spread than usual. I'd spend a couple days on forums/youtube/etc. Play some games with free money to understand the different concepts behind betting/hands/playing your position on the table. And then start into real money stuff.
players used to play with no strategy most of them it's really different playing with "money"you start to get know what poker is when you play with real money the raison is obviously winning or lose real money
If you are truly a beginner, then I don't think there's anything wrong with playing with play money for a very short time just to get used to the mechanics of the game - reading boards, figuring out pot sizes, etc. If you know how to play, micros is the way to go. Even at those levels, people take it seriously, particularly if they are getting the $$ by grinding freerolls and can't reload the bankroll easily. Good luck!
Ofcourse it's fun playing with play money , but not only that . If somebody just started playing poker , it's good to familiarize himself with the basics of the game , to check how it is to play cash games and how to play a sng or a tournament , etc . To get to know with the values of the hands , the different rules of every poker game , to get used to online poker . Once they do these , they can try limit holdem to begin with , so they will make the less possible mistakes in contrast to if they started without some preparation before imo , and then they will learn the rest , like position , bluff , etc .
to familiarize yourself with a new software maybe play money for a week learning how to take photos get into and out of software to the rooms etc.. anything more unless learning a poker room is difficult to you cause you havent ever seen it before is a total waste of your talent and time imho. go play freerolls almost all sites have some get some money play pennies read study take notes move up
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Just play like a tight player in play money games, don't limp, raise on the right hands.
You can find play money games that will play like low stakes game.
$1.20 SNG on PS can be found at $300+ play money SNG, that was a year ago.
Pokerstars is the only site, you'll find me playing with play money!
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Lately, players with lying money are devoting themselves to playing more and more seriously, including I've even seen supernova zooming with fake money. If you join and play at high levels of fiction, you will get a good experience. I advise you to play a lot of hand before putting your real money.
The quality of the games are very different...I started on the game money,and when he moved to play for real money had to be reconstructed.Completely different level of play...a Completely different approach to the game,more responsibility,more thinking...