Online poker guide

Who is this online poker guide for?

This guide is aimed almost exclusively at the beginner poker player, although there may also be useful tips for the experienced player. See which of these categories is right for you:

  • If you have not yet made your first payment to an online card room, I suggest you start at the top and perfect yourself through the entire guide. You don't necessarily have to read everything in one sitting, but at least cover the part of the funds, so that you understand the implication of your future payment and how you should treat it.
  • If you are already playing online but feel uncertain about how to make money, you should always read the funds chapter (maybe briefly) because I think it is important to have a solid understanding of the importance of a fund. Since it is likely that you already have an idea of what different types of games are available, you can then proceed to the Study section.
  • If you are an experienced player looking for tips, this guide is not necessarily for you, but you can skip directly to the Study section.

Why online poker is booming

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Why is poker so popular? Is it the televised events? Is this Chris Moneymaker? Is this a natural cycle in games?

I think these things help, but I think it's mainly because poker is an exciting and fun game. Unfortunately, this great game has simply been little practiced by many people who would have enjoyed it. Many countries and many states in America have not casino or poker rooms. At least not legal. Getting a group of 6 to 10 people for a fairly significant period of time in order to put together a session can be difficult. Getting all these people to agree on the limits, the type of game, etc., complicates things even more. Even worse, many people have a moral objection to earning money from their friends, which means that they are miserable, no matter how the evening turns out: They lose even when they win! But then came the Internet, and all these problems just disappeared with the opening of online poker sites. People no longer have to schedule poker games three weeks before. They can play beyond any limit regardless of the game they request and at any time of the day. And they play against anonymous people to whom they have no emotional attachment, and therefore can play to win without having to feel guilty about taking their best friend's money. I think this is the biggest reason why online poker is so successful: the game has always been great, but with online poker rooms, the problems associated with games have been solved.

For this reason, I take a more optimistic position than many other players when it comes to the future of online poker: I think that online poker has gone for a lasting prosperity, the magnitude that it has today is probably much greater. We are only at the beginning.


Can we really make money?

In a word: Yes. Although I don't know you at all, the fact that you have made the effort to find this guide alone makes me say, with a certain confidence, "yes". What can be debated is how much money you can win, or rather what limits, you will be able to play profitably. But the skill to beat the microlimits of poker is not difficult to achieve. Although not everyone can make a living as a professional, playing online poker, it should not be a losing proposition if you are willing to work on your game.

When we talk about these things, we often talk about "win-rate", then we define it as the average number of BB (big bet) per 100 hands played, and we often represent it like this: "1.5BB / 100 at 2/4 more than 15 k hands", which means that this person won on average 1.5 BB per 100 hands, at a limit poker of $2 / $4, and the average is calculated at more than 15,000 hands. 1.5BB at $2/$4 is $6 (1.5*4), meaning that in other words, this person won $6*150 = $900. However, is this value significant?

There are three schools of thought here. Some believe that this value, the win rate, is what matters, that it informs about the characteristics of a good poker player, and the argument has merit. Obviously, the net profit does not say much about the characteristics of a "good" player, because it does not include information about the number of hands it was necessary to achieve it. For example, if I tell you that I won $10,000 in poker, does that mean that I am a good player? No, not necessarily. Maybe I sat down at a game of $300 or $600 and played a hand and got lucky. A monkey could do that. What if that $10,000 was the result of 125,000 hands at $1/$2? A fairly significant victory over the reach of so many hands seems to indicate that it is a little more than luck.

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The second school believes that the winnings mean nothing, that's how you played. The result is unimportant. This philosophy has its merits too, specifically because it teaches people to stay away from results-oriented approaches to hand analysis. They don't care about what the opponent showed you, they only care about what you thought he would have, and how you acted accordingly. This way of looking at the game analytically is the most powerful way to improve your game.

The third school is the opposite of the second: here only the results are important and they don't care about the victory average either. Poker is about making money – how much have you won? The fact that you have consistently – and impressively - won 125,000 hands is great, but what did you get out of it? Poker success is measured in lifetime earnings. This philosophy also has its merits, since it looks at a value that is not only undisputed (a statistical average is nothing if it is not debatable), but represents a quantity that is significant for everyone; Everyone knows how much you can buy with $ 10,000, it is not everyone with 1.5 / 100.

The reason I bring up these different schools of thought when it comes to how to look at poker achievements is to explain that while I can answer the question "can we make money be", I cannot give a generic answer to the question "how much. "And if you are wondering whether or not online poker is beatable, the answer is a clear YES. Now comfort yourself in this right, focus on learning to play in a winning way, then you will finally realize where your profits are and how much they are and will be. It all starts with your funds – keep reading, using the menu on the left.