playing with friends
i started with play money as well - i think this can seriously hurt your game in the short term
problem being is that you spend a few weeks playing the play tables your brain starts to think that you need to play that loose to win - and obviously when you actually start playing the cash tables you get your ass kicked
id always reccomend new players to hit the 1 cent tables if they were really wanted to learn the game
I started off watching Late Night Poker on channel 4 years ago, then learnt playing with play money online.
Like fonz pointed out though the play money tables aren't really akin to your real money players.
I would recommend starting out either on the micro limits like suggested, or on the other hand what I did was to play in freeroll tournaments that had prize money. You still got the jokers who played overly loose and aggressive but after they got knocked out, the play is pretty much the same as what I find in tournaments with an entry fee.
I also liked to play on the play money sit and go tables, essentially one table tournaments and found I did rather well in those after playing a few. This is a much better idea than play money ring tables (cash games), it means the players can't just reload on chips when they have blown the lot.
fonz: i learned to play with demo money, and although im not a great player, it hasnt seemed to put me at that much of a disadvantage.
i played for real money for the first time today (free $10 at noblepoker lol )
and made it up to like $15 in micro games
im no power player but at least the play money taught me the basics
I won 1.75 my past two free rolls at Noble Poker and now I'm up to around 30 bucks playing in .2/.4 NL games. I just go to the table with only a dollar and try to play carefully and work up from there. Playing with play money is nothing like real money though. Play money users tend to go all in with anything. Real money users are way more conservative and more competitive. If you want to learn but have no money, just play the freerolls.
i also learned to play online just by myself i only got confused in the Omaha high/low games at first but learned it after playing a lot of games.I first played at party poker . I made some real money deposits there won some on first and eventually lost at the end.I also made some real money at casinos and also lost. Now im just playing only when they offer some free money first and also at free rolls only. im thinking that when you make a deposit it will most probably go to nothing.
I learned watching the many replays of the Main Event on TV. After watching many re-runs I decided to try it out. I went online and did a search for Texas Holdem poker and was amazed at what came up. Wow, I had no idea. At that time I had remembered the 888.com (pacific poker) get up that Dan Harrington had worn and decided to try that. I've since played at Noble.com as well and like them both.
my friends and i started our own house games about 3 years a go. we started of playing limit hold em at .05/.10 cent blinds with 2 dollar max buy in. in fact, back then we didnt have chips so we used coins. its funny, in our early years playing for a $10 pot seemed like so much. "wow, he raised .20 over? i fold" now our house games are at $20 min - $50max buy in for NL holdem. also $25 buy in tournies every weekend and we go to casinos to play in $100 NL games.
After learning that a favourite local pub of mine was offering free Texas Hold'em games, I knew I wanted to play. But I didn't want to go in as a complete newbie, 'cuz those bitches are mean (its a pretty tough lesbian bar)! And I hate losing money. So I did an online search and found texasholdem.com, where I learned how to play. A link from there took me to PacificPoker where I started playing the demo tables. After taking $1000.00 to $1600.00 in two short weeks, I thought I was ready for real money. HA!
I discovered in very short order that people play quite differently when its real money they're playing with. I kicked ass at the demo tables, but when I lost $12.00 in one hour at the real money tables, I backed off and had to re-think my strategy. I realized I had a LOT to learn. I have since been scouring the Internet for as much information as I can find.
when i was 7 or 8 my dad and some of his friends were playing and i watched and lerned and they all whould tell me a lil here and there untill i got the game down pat and from there i been playing were ever i can find someone who likes poker