Around most of the casinos one will notice there are tons of people playing poker. Most of them are not winning, which makes it difficult to grasp the amount of money they are actually spending in rake. Let’s face it, in most cases they are losing quite a lot of money while counting, how much in rake they lose each time they play. Granny used to play in the penny games and as she got older she started playing in big games and she’d still lose money every time, yep, she plays online poker too. Grandma used to go to the casinos but as she got older she stopped going mainly due to the expense of going to the casinos as well as the aggressive players that would hassle her and her friends as well. This is not the type of gamblers that you want to emulate.
Therefore, we should probably blame the greedy shark at the table for spiting us all over the poker table as well as the ones playing the makeshift poker we play on Facebook and other newbie sites. We can take this one step further and blame the online casino for promoting online gambling in a fashion that makes it extremely easy to lose our hard earned money.
Let’s be serious though, online casinos and poker rooms are in business to make cash flow.
The way they do this is by offering you games that you can profit from. In the end, you buy in to a poker game with hopes that you will be the one to profit.
- The opposite to that is that they are spending lots of money in order to reel you in and convince you to buy into a game with them. We have already said the easiest way to lose money is to play marginal hands and more often than not, those hands are the ones we flop those nine outs for. This is especially true if you are out of position. When you are out of position you are at a severe disadvantage as opposed to when you are in position. You can’t make the mistakes that the other players can when you are in position.
- The first step to becoming a poker pro is learning how the online poker game works. Take it from experience as you try to go low stake for a while and build your bankroll up. As your bankroll grows, you can move up stakes and play in the bigger games, but for now, focus on building your bankroll up in small increments.
The size of your bankroll should be based on the size of your bankroll requirement for the level you are playing.
- For example, if your bankroll requirement is $1,000 and your bankroll is $1,500, you can play at $0.50/$1 blinds until you build your bankroll up to $2,000. Once your bankroll starts to grow, you can move up to $0.25/$0.50 and $0.50/$1.00. By doing this you can make it as far up to $10,000 before you really need to move up again. This is a very conservative way to build a bankroll, but it will keep you from going broke.
- While building your bankroll in small steps, you also need to take a long hard look at all of your hands and evaluate. If you are losing a lot of money in a session, consider taking a break and come back later. Playing when you are tired is one of the biggest leaks in your game. When you are playing tired, you aren’t at your best and can’t make the correct decisions that will win you games. Usually a break is a good idea because you want to regain your focus and concentration. If you are tired, you aren’t at your peak and you aren’t making the correct decisions. One of the most important things that you can do as a poker player is to focus. Don’t let your mind wander. It takes a lot of hard work to become a good poker player and it can get beaten by bad beats. You want to make sure that you are taking care of yourself mentally as well as your bankroll.
The above are just 3 quick tips that will help you get started.