Can you progress in poker without betting real money?

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Hi,
I am not a good poker player, but I like the game and want to get better at it. Currently I am playing on free poker Apps like wsop that don't require you to stake actual money, as I just know that I'll probably be a fish as soon as I start playing online tables that bet real money. However, I am noticing that these games are not very satisfying, with there almost always being players that just go all-in preflop and then just buy back in. Is it a realistic goal to try and get good at poker without betting real money, or is it necessary to bet real money to get proper practice as people are actually playing with something to lose? Also curious as to what people think on what the balance should be between studying poker theory, such as calculating outs and pot odds, versus just playing the game to get better.
 
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Hi,

I think playmoney games can be quite different from real money games. In the first case, a lot of people often don't care a our their chips since those are free and they get some every X hours.

If you do not want to make a deposit, I would recommend to play freerolls until you earned a bit to play buy-in games. One important aspect to consider is some bankroll management to not bust the hard earned money.

CardsChat offers many freerolls in various poker rooms. So feel free to check them out. ☺️

For the study part of your question, I don't have a good answer, since I am often too lazy to study. 😅

But probably in the beginning something like 50/50 can't do any bad.

Hope that helps.

Good luck!
 
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Yes, it is possible to progress in poker by playing freerolls, but it is important to understand how to limit and consider other aspects for more consistent progress. Freerolls are poker tournaments where you don't have to pay an entry fee. They are usually offered by online poker sites as a way to attract new players or reward existing players. While it's a free option to play poker and it can be fun, there are some restrictions when it comes to progress in the game. 1. Skill level of opponents: In freerolls, you will find a wide variety of players, from beginners to more advanced players. Many players play more relaxed or aggressive than they would in paid tournaments. This can make it difficult to read opponents and apply advanced strategies.
 
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Yes it's a good practice you don't pay (freerolls) and you can built your bankroll.Plus you can meet fish and more skilled players in freerolls too.The only difference is that when you play with money you are more stressed...!!!
 
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I think playing free poker is not the same at all as real poker.
Obviously when you bet some money you have something to lose, so you play seriously.
A good solution could be learning on the CC freerolls. You will find there a lot of serious and regular players who won't shove with bs.
 
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if you dont mind betting money won from freerolls then yes. it's what i do. get some money from a freeroll then use that in cash games or spin and go
 
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Yes, of course, you can win your bankroll from various freerolls, participate in the draws of tournament tickets or money for the poker room
 
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That depends on everyone, I myself can only play very seriously when it's worth real money, because that way I value every action I take more!:unsure:💰💰
 
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Hi,
I am not a good poker player, but I like the game and want to get better at it. Currently I am playing on free poker apps like WSOP that don't require you to stake actual money, as I just know that I'll probably be a fish as soon as I start playing online tables that bet real money. However, I am noticing that these games are not very satisfying, with there almost always being players that just go all-in preflop and then just buy back in. Is it a realistic goal to try and get good at poker without betting real money, or is it necessary to bet real money to get proper practice as people are actually playing with something to lose? Also curious as to what people think on what the balance should be between studying poker theory, such as calculating outs and pot odds, versus just playing the game to get better.
You have found CardsChat.

This is a big, BIG win.

In my opinion here at C.C. you have everything at your fingertips to become not only a good player, but a well-rounded, winning player.

Take the CardsChat 30 day training course (free by the way).

Play CardsChat freerolls to practice what you learn.

Read all the materials on the types of poker you're interested in, post hand analysis threads and engage with the feedback.

Do all this and you will have a much deeper understanding of the game and be a much better player in no time at all! ;)
 
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Not only physical poker practice is important, but emotional practice. If you play without investing money, the attitude towards the game is different. You stop valuing your participation in the game because you are not afraid to lose. After all, you didn't invest anything in the game. At freerolls, you can't fully master all the practice and tactics of the game. You'll still need to practice with cash. Moreover, you need to master bankroll management.
 
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Playing poker for free, is another way to enjoy the game, without the pressure of betting real money. In fact, this type of play money poker is perfect for putting your knowledge of poker rules into practice, as the exact same rules are used in both cashless poker and real money poker. Take advantage of these games to practice and learn:
Before entering to make a deposit in a poker room, poker without money is very useful to familiarize yourself with the most basic aspects of the game such as position of the players at the table, and all this that you have learned in theory and that it is time for you to put it into practice.
you will find players of all kinds. It won't take long to realize that some players are going to get into every pot no matter how strong their hand is. On the other hand, there are also the players who are patiently waiting for a premium hand to go all-in.
 
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Of course, freerolls and MTT tournaments in general are quite time consuming, so it would be best to play cash games at the micro limits. But if you are a beginner and you are not quite comfortable losing the money you have earned, you can try freerolls for a while.
 
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Yes, you should just play free tournaments and only participate in them after you earn some money and be able to play for that money in tournaments you want to play but if you're new, the best thing to do is to only play free tournaments for half a year at least to understand the game
 
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To get the fundamentals and the general understanding for the game free play is ok.
But gambling for real money is a totally different thing, especially when it comes to serious sums of money.
 
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Free games are very good for someone who wants to advance and apply what they are learning or studying at the time, while playing for money if something goes wrong can it often affects too much until you realize often leading to depression and faulty reasoning. Learning and practice is always the solid foundation upon which great success is built
 
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people cant take seriously on free games, so u wont see to much skill there
 
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people cant take seriously on free games, so u wont see to much skill there
You are right my friend but the problem is that those without skill will manage to spoil your games which you consider real by surprise you will be out 😀
 
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Absolute. Freerolls are the best way to build a bankroll
 
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Personally, I started playing poker with play money and only after I learned the basics did I started to play with real money. Yes, it is quite different games these two, but play money games can help you in the beginning. Once you start to get the hang of it, it is a nice option to play the freerolls if you don't want to invest money just yet.
 
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Hi,
I am not a good poker player, but I like the game and want to get better at it. Currently I am playing on free poker apps like WSOP that don't require you to stake actual money, as I just know that I'll probably be a fish as soon as I start playing online tables that bet real money. However, I am noticing that these games are not very satisfying, with there almost always being players that just go all-in preflop and then just buy back in. Is it a realistic goal to try and get good at poker without betting real money, or is it necessary to bet real money to get proper practice as people are actually playing with something to lose? Also curious as to what people think on what the balance should be between studying poker theory, such as calculating outs and pot odds, versus just playing the game to get better.
Hi :)
You can learn how to play poker by playing our CardsChat freerolls. The structure of our freerolls allows players to play real poker and not bingo. To do this, you just need to become a member of our freeroll club :)
 
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Just start playing in the micro stakes, if you can afford it, else take some money you otherwise spend on entertainment and start with that. Set a budget for a month and stick to it.
 
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For training, I recommend playing sitant go for play money, and after that, of course, start with СС freerolls
 
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That is good way, I think. If you can built your bankroll with freerolls like CC freerolls or RakeTheRake one cent tournament, or even others, but without rebuys, than you actually start to play poker. My goal at this time is to have some real money on my bankroll without deposits, so I can play some micro tournaments and freerolls, centrolls ....
 
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Hello!
I am not a good poker player, but I like the game and want to get better at it.
Me too.
Currently I am playing on free poker apps like WSOP that don't require you to stake actual money, as I just know that I'll probably be a fish as soon as I start playing online tables that bet real money.
That's what play money is for - to practice...
However, I am noticing that these games are not very satisfying, with there almost always being players that just go all-in preflop and then just buy back in.
This is noticeable in real money as well (the all-in thing).
Is it a realistic goal to try and get good at poker without betting real money, or is it necessary to bet real money to get proper practice as people are actually playing with something to lose?
It's realistic, otherwise play money loses all meaning.

If you have money to lose, real money, you can train with it. But that doesn't mean that when you're playing for real money, everyone you'll be up against are very good players. There are also recreational players…

Some people are negative according the play money; I challenge them to win the Sunday Billion at play money. lol
Also curious as to what people think on what the balance should be between studying poker theory, such as calculating outs and pot odds, versus just playing the game to get better.
CardsChat provide a poker course - You could benefit from it:

 
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Yes, I used only freerolls to practice, improve and finish ITM, then built up each 5c,10c and so up to a dollar then did dollar games and built up and so on. I've won plenty of money and take money out every so often and dont put any back in at all now. My aim is to build up and up and up and win thousands or hundreds or thousands of pounds playing poker and I believe I will do it - you only need 1 great tournament when you get that far!
 
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