Online Poker Player's - Survival Guide

Posted: 2016-12-07 22:04 By:

What ID do you need to show to set up an account?
How to Set up an Account

Age verification documents may be requested upon signing up for an account to comply with the site’s jurisdictions. Don’t worry – as long as you’re old enough to play, the moves are designed to improve the security of your account. Documents vary from country to country but generally a photo ID like a passport or driver’s license is sufficient. In some countries these will only be needed when you make first withdrawals (see below). You will often need to prove your home address also, so make sure you have a bill or bank statement handy to fax over.
What do I need to withdraw cash?
Withdrawal Cash

Your cash-out options are based on where you live, rather like your ability to enjoy online poker in the first place. When you want to make a real-money withdrawal simply head to the Cashier tab and hit the Withdraw button. Depending on what method you’re using (debit/credit card, eCheck, Western Union) fees and cash-out times can vary – and often wildly so – so make sure you have a proper handle on all the costs involved before you first make a real money deposit. A 2-3 day wait on initial cash-outs while extra anti-fraud checks are carried out is not uncommon.
Do I need a math degree or years of experience?
Do I need to know math?

While there are certainly many big pros out there who have come from a math background – and who utilize complicated odds and Game Theory in their games – it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a profitable poker life without a Math degree. If you can build up a good working knowledge of pot odds, expected value (EV) and equity, however, you’re halfway there.

Without signing up to expensive training sites (see below) you can try a trial at a good training website who often carry thousands of videos and will offer free-to-try trial periods. Simply try a couple of videos on basic poker maths in order to get a good handle on simple odds.

If you’re going to be using a HUD (Heads-up Display) – and you should seriously consider getting your hands on one if you want a fruitful online experience, you’ll need to get a grasp on basic percentages like VPIP (Voluntarily Put Into Pot %) and PFR (Pre-Flop Range Percentage). Those two stats alone will give you a decent gauge on how your opponents bet at your table over the course of many hands.

Finally, getting hand experience in will always improve you as a player: you can better assess situations, fix leaks in your game and ensure a better profit over the long-term. Remember, even the best players in the world are constantly learning.
What tech will I need?
Technology That You Need

So you’ve set up a new real-money account and you have your client sorted. What about some hardware? While we don’t necessarily recommend forking out thousands on new equipment it’s sensible to get a powerful PC (and stick to PCs while Mac sites still catch up) and as big a monitor as you can afford. If you’re serious about making a profit playing online poker you’ll need to learn to multi-table, and that’s only possible using two monitors linked up.

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