New Poker Player Advice

Posted: 2016-12-07 21:56 By:

Every day that I play, I find tables that have about two decent-to-good players, one or two maniacs, and then five or six players who seemingly try to play to win money, but just can't seem to get the knack of it. If you're one of these players, perhaps recently started playing poker, or just want to know what the trick to making money off of this game is, then I have a few tips and pointers I want to share.

This article is the combined works of F Paulsson and gjshand.

Poker is a game of skill (with an element of luck thrown in for kicks), take as much time to learn about the game and the way it’s played, as possible. There are so many ways to learn about poker you really are spoilt for choice. You can read books, watch the TV shows, find an endless supply of articles on the net or learn from someone who already plays. Poker is a social activity so just ask someone “Which book did you read?”, “Where did you learn to play?” and you will find most players will happily point you in the right direction, the chances are someone helped them. I personally like to use all the media I can. I started by reading only one book but it gave me a really good grounding for the game. I then spent a lot of time watching the TV shows and finding articles on the net to read (and re-read).

There is one big word of caution I’ll mention, it has to do with the TV coverage of the game, it may seem the “easy” option and I’m sure it’s the root of a lot of people’s initial interest into the game but be careful. The TV coverage is designed to be entertaining, so by default the actual game play shown is selective. The show makers just can’t afford to show the 45 minutes of play where only 4 flops were seen so they will “chop” the footage, this definitely gives the viewer a better entertainment value but the actual education value is lessened, if you know and understand this then it is still a great resource.
Poker advice

The place it all starts is with your bankroll. There are lots of articles on bankroll management, and how to best build it, so I won't go into that. I want to tell you some things about your bankroll that aren't necessarily covered in these articles, though.

I want to also cover the importance of reading books and articles on poker in general, and your choice of poker game (hold'em, stud, omaha poker, etc) specifically. I want to contrast this to the almost infinite importance of experience.

If you want to make money off of poker, which you probably do, you may want to start considering yourself a one-man-poker-corporation, with yourself as the investor. The idea is that you give your company a sum of money, and your company then tries to increase its own worth by winning at poker. If you're successful, your company will reach a point where its income is great enough to give a little something back to its only shareholder.

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