This is a discussion on Where to Start within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello, I want to learn to play poker and make it profitable in the future, I would like to know what I have to study
Hi, if you are asking where to start then this appears that you haven’t the slightest idea how to play this game.
There are so many poker books and poker learning sites out there that you can choose from.
The way I initially got into poker was by signing up to a play money site and played thousands upon thousands of hands over a period of 6-8 months, it was a fun and good starting point for me.
After that point I then decided to purchase a couple of poker books and to seriously learn some poker basics before I eventually decided to sign up for a real money account.
Note If I had to do it all over again, I would not have played with my own money back then, I would have only played in freerolls instead of depositing.
By playing in only freerolls you can save yourself a whole lot of financial pain, but that choice has to be yours to make.
Bottom line, study as much as you can and play even more than that, and now that you have signed up to our group, simply posting any question that you may have concerning situations that you find difficult, there will always be someone to hopefully answer your inquires.
Welcome to the group and good luck.
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What I did/do:
- play with 'playmoney' to get a feeling for how the game/software works; do not ever buy play chips with real money!
- drop the playmoney and switch to play freerolls only
- play No Limit Holdem (the most common game)
- check the cc strategy articles for 'starting hands'
- register at a poker room unibet is the best I know for starting from 0, but 888poker is a good alternative. (both do not require a deposit).
- learn (cardschat, books, youtube, twitch and practice in freerolls Unibet has several holdem freerolls each day with a bounty 0.02$ if you eliminate an opponent, and bigger amounts is you make it 'into the money (ITM)'.
[QUOTE = 8bod8; 4353217] What I did / did:
- play with 'playmoney' to get an idea of how the game / software works; Never buy gambling chips with real money!
- loose play money and change to play only freerolls
- play No Limit Hold'em (the most common game)
- reviews the strategy articles cc for 'starting hands'
- register in a poker room Unibet is the best I know for start from 0 but 888poker is a good alternative. (both not require a deposit).
- learn (Cardschat, books, YouTube, twitch and practiced in freerolls)
Unibet has several holdem freerolls every day with a reward of $ 0.02 if you eliminate an opponent, and larger amounts you become 'money (ITM)'.
Good luck! [/ QUOTE]
I'm sort of in the same situation as you, been playing for just over a month on Pokerstars. I played with play money at the beginning but now do free rolls exclusively. Haven't deposited yet and I am up $0.44 so far through placing in the money. I highly recommend you try a few sites before deciding where to put your effort in. I've heard 888 is quite soft on beginners and have nice bonuses, while Pokerstars is a bit more popular but playing field can be tougher. Learn the rules, get your feet wet with play money but you should start the free rolls as soon as possible, it's the best way to learn. GL
Highlights for learning poker:
1. Reading books and online articles;
2. Self-analysis of the game and strategy;
3. Study and discussion of the hands laid out on the CardsChat forum;
4. And most importantly - practice. Gaming practice is the most effective way to develop your poker skills.
I can't really make you a starters guide. Joining Cardschat and reading all its Strategy Articles is a good place to start. After that, my advice is to keep playing and track your leaks. Then ask questions here or do searches for answers, study them, fix them and procceed to find other leaks to fix.
If you do not know the rules of poker, that would be the only reason to do free games, to learn the ropes.
If you know the rules of poker, i would try to build a bankroll playing freerolls. I prefer freerolls, where if you place in the money, you win a buck or more. I feel my time is worth winning more than 22 cents for a 7 hour freeroll.
Start playing Poker is the best way whilst attending a school that many Poker sites give you access to.
I found one of the most fundamental is Poker Stars although their real money games attract a lot of high skilled players so best to play elsewhere if you want some returns on your investment whilst starting out.
If you know the rules of Hold'em my first recommendation would be to read Super System 2 by Doyle Brunson. It will give you a very basic idea of aggression and allow you to see beginning of successful poker. This is a dated book so if you read this and go to your local game or casino you may experience so trouble. You should then pick up Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments by Jonathan Little. After that read Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em. This book is more recent and gives you a good amount of tools to use at the table. Next I would start hand analysis videos on youtube, Jonathan Little, Doug Polk, Matt Berkey and James "Splitsuit" Sweeney are some of my favorites. Once you've started these couple things you'll have a better idea of what works for your game. Don't take what they all say and make it your game, take what they say and work it into your game. Use every bit of information available to you. Even if you think what your watching is incorrect someone may try to use that approach on you and by understanding it you'll be able to profit from their mistakes.
P.S. these talks about freerolls making your game better in this thread are not 100% accurate. It could cause you to get into bad habits. Just know that at lower stakes you'll run into reckless play because people aren't risking anything they're concerned with losing.