New Poker Player Advice

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

You're your own accountant
Poker advice

You'll find, after thousands of hands, coupled with self-education, that your ability to play the game successfully comes virtually automatically. You can sit down at a micro-limit table and grind out easy earnings. Think back to how you used to fare, before you started being serious about it. Think of how much you've learned. The next time you fold A6o in early position, did you notice that slight feeling of disappointment when you saw the cards? Do you remember how you used to be mesmerized by that ace? That's your experience at work, and it's making you money.

However, the mind isn't always nice to us. It likes to play tricks on us, especially if the tricks make you feel better about yourself. You may feel like you're a winning player when you're not, because your mind is often defensive when it comes to being critical of yourself. This is why it's hugely important to keep track of your bankroll and how you've managed it. Now, optimally, you'll have a NETeller account (yet another great article to read about that here on CardsChat) that you've only once made a deposit to, and therefore you know that you can't possibly be down more than that one initial buy-in by just looking at the balance there. But keeping records serves more purposes than just warning you when you're heading in the wrong direction, it's also another way to boost your confidence if you're a winning player.


Make a table in Excel, or Notepad, or whatever. Write down how your bankroll changes, perhaps once per week. You could look at individual days or even individual sessions if you like, but short term losses should realistically be ignored in favor of long term winnings. Therefore, I think it's wiser if you focus on a weekly basis, for the same reason the Weight Watchers don't want you to weigh yourself every day; it may end up being counterproductive. Once you've established yourself as a winning player on a long term basis, you've earned yet ANOTHER boost to your game: You should have gotten the ability to shrug off a bad night without even thinking twice about logging off. Because you know that your success isn't measured in how you managed that night, you can grumble about the bad beat and then go do something else and not let it get to you. Note that one week is hardly “long term” either, but it should be long enough that you don’t agonize over one night’s losses.
Play within your capability
Poker advice

Don’t get over-confident. I did and you will. You’ll get the hang of the basics, win a few hands, build your bankroll a little and say to yourself “I can make more at the next level!” It could be a big mistake. If you’re not ready then you’ll lose faster than ever. The best advice here is overplaying each level. When you think you’re ready to move up, play the same amount of time at the same level again. If you have played 10c/20c for 2 weeks and want to move up to 25c/50c, DON’T. Stay there for another fortnight. If you still feel ready to move then go ahead. I spent my first 6 months playing 10c/20c then 25c/50c, built my bankroll from $100 up to a little over $300, I decided to move up to 50c/$1 and lost the lot in a weekend (It didn’t help with the $20/$30 sit’n’go tourney’s I was entering, all due to over-confidence).

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