This is a discussion on Starting on Pokerstars within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hey guys! Ive been playing poker for a long time and im going to try my luck with some real money , Ive been playing
since you are about to start playing real monet tournaments micro sng are fine. But right after you get along with poker strategy deposit at least 100$ more and play some real tournaments.
Playing micro sng and tournaments will just waste your time. I quess that sitting in front of your pc (tablet,cellphone) the whole day just to win couple of dollars is not the best way to live the life
when first starting to play poker you should learn discipline. Discipline is what seperates people who are gambling from those who are playing for a living. In your case you are starting w just 20$. This is such a micro bankroll it is not funny. It is actually sad and you will find out quickly that nobody online cares much of anything under 10$. Some not even as much as 50$. So here is my advice, be discplined in your stakes and limits. You are supposed to not wager more than 4% of your entire bankroll on a tournament. (i.e. 4% of 20$ is 80 cents). I doubt you find any tournament for that low on pokerstars, so dont play anything over 1$... YOu can play up to about 7 or 8% of your bankroll on SNGs so start w some 1$ sngs, but be aware of the players you are playing with, you will find out quickly the ones that are gambling and not caring about their money and the ones that want to play an actual game of poker. So keep your wits about you and pay attention to the table. As far as cash games go you should have about 50 max buy ins. In your case you shouldnt sit down at any table with more than 40 cents, which sucks becasue i dont advise ever sitting down at a cash game with less than the max buy in. So your best bet would be to stay with some SNGs til you get your bankroll to managable size and then you can start playing some MTTs and some cash once your bankrolll is up a bit more. Those are the most displined ways to play online, the only bad thing is if you are playing like you are at a real table and playing a real game worth 500$ not many others will be looking at it like that. I have run into this dilema plenty of times when i was younger and have learned my lesson. I will not play games under 10$ buy ins online and i will not play any cash less than 50$ max buy in. So since i dont have money now i dont play online other than freerolls becasue i know it will be basically gambling against others that just dont care, and that is sad. But if you keep to the SNGs then that is probably the best chance you will have to keep your bankroll going in the right direction. Good luck at the tables and remember to keep playing your game no matter how many donkeys and people you run into that just do not care. Not everyone that plays this game is trying to play poker, some are just gambling and most that do that, do it at low stakes. So keep discplined as much as you can. Good luck
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I advise playing tournaments with buy in small, to one US dollar and enhance its hold on or aprendar playing other styles of games like Draw and Omaha that end has fewer supporters and pay good prizes.
First of all I would say you have made the right choice depositing into Pokerstars as they have a wide variety of games for all bankrolls. As most of the other people have said, those 45-Man and 90-Man $0.25 SNG's are going to be your main source of getting your bankroll growing. If you want to take a stricter bankroll mangament approach, you could play those 360-Man $0.10 SNG's which do unfortunately include a lot of variance but do have a better risk-reward ratio. I would also maybe throw in some $0.50 STT's as they are a nice way to build up the bankroll and also doesn't have as high variance as the other SNG's I mentioned. Hope this helps.
I inform you that you don't pay attention on everytable you play at...you must quit this work....volume with discipline and experience ( that u told u have it ) will grow your bankroll in short time...but most important don't become "bored" at the same structure mtt or sng. GL! keep up with news! Make your own thread like a blog in this awsome big forum , post daily in it and let us know what you think u made it right or not! It will help you a lot. Make your own challenge ( verify my challenge if you have time ) !