Online Poker Player's - Survival Guide

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

Some pros will use one 24-30” monitor for their tiled games and another for social media, forums, emails etc. Make sure you don’t get distracted with surfing and emailing while playing and you’ll be in for a happier time overall. Although expensive, the Lenovo Horizon All-in-One is a great option for desktop and on-the-go poker as the screen detaches to become a touchscreen tablet – perfect for playing one of the latest real-money mobile poker sites.

As with anything, you get what you pay for, and ensuring you have the best kit available will reap benefits. It’s probably worth saying that you should get your hands on the fastest – and most reliable - Internet connection you can find in your are so you don’t experience any logout problems at crucial moments.
OK, any other bits I need?
Anything Else?

If you’re going to be playing cash games (and if you’re thinking of grinding it out at multiple tables over time, cash games are the way to go) you’ll need to not only buy yourself a HUD (heads-up display) but also sign up to a poker site that allows them to be used.

HUDs like PokerTracker or Holdem Manager sit on your poker software and track the other players at the table, in turn analyzing their play and displaying vital stats such as VPIP and PFR. The software is always being tweaked and improved, and although some major real-money sites are making moves to ban the use of these bits of kit take advantage and make hay while the sun shines.
Can I get coached?
Can I Learn?

Yes, and in 2016 there are more places than ever to get the latest tips, advice and coaching. You can even take advantage of some staking to get your bankroll moving in the right direction. has over 40,000 articles, videos and blogs from players who’ve been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt. You’ll find plenty of beginners’ articles for free when you visit the site too, but if you want to take the plunge and sign up subscription costs $275 for a year. Also check out some of the videos on sites like, where Daniel Negreanu is heavily involved, and which carries some seriously good strategy videos.
Sorry, did you mention staking?

Yes. There are dozens of sites out there who will not only train and coach you but also pay your way online. The methods used from site to site are different as some will take 50 percent of your profits while others require to pull in a 9-to-5 'work day' in their offices, learning to grind 'on campus'.

Check out: Stake Me to Play ( – a new set-up that stakes players into SNGs, MTTs and cash games online. To break up the monotony of playing at home in your pyjamas for 12 hours, they have physical offices in London, England where players can mix and share tips. Meanwhile, here on, we have a staking service right on the forum, moderated by trusted, long-term members. Check out the staking forum here - Poker Staking.

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