Make Money Playing Online Poker
Most players take up poker due to the allure of winning money. That is hardly surprising - after all we live in a largely capitalist society where the color of money means everything. There are winners and losers in every past time and which one you are will largely be down to you. What i won't do is blow smoke up the proverbial of the game, as good a game as it is. Does it matter that some people make huge sums playing the game? Or the fact that many players have packed in their 9-5 jobs and and are making money playing poker on a full time basis? Well no. People make money in the stock markets every day, and huge sums at that. I am not about to tell you to go and start dabbling in the stock market (at least before you know what your doing). To cut a long story short - don't be swayed by the rewards that playing online can provide. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people lose money playing poker on the internet and believe me, that wasn't their intention when they set out. The fundamental cause for this is that people like things fast. Instant results. They simply don't spend enough time getting to know the ins and outs of the game, at least to get to the level required to plot green results.
You primary aim has to be to ensure you don't fall into the minority of players that lines the pockets of the few. For these players, the rewards are significant. Before you get started, it's sensible to put yourself under the microscope. What kind of person are you (the real you!)? Do you have patience? What about determination? Do you get bored easily? Do you have a temper? There are many questions which are very appropriate to ask. To play winning poker you will not only need to be cool and calm and have a good understanding of the game. You will need to be patient and have a good temperament. You also need to have fun and enjoy the game. The same is true for most things we do in life - you wouldn't become a professional tennis player if you didn't really enjoy tennis - why? Well, because you wouldn't improve at the same rate as someone who genuinely loved the game. We are always more committed to doing things well when we enjoy what we are doing, and it's important to recognize.
How do the good players make money playing poker?
It's only natural to want to know the secrets of the players that win playing online and emulate exactly how they do it? For me it's not as simple as merely to copy what other people are doing, although this plays a big part of the learning curve. Jumping in prematurely won't give you the poker mind that bases decisions on a solid understanding of the game. As many decisions are very marginal, it's not something you're going to wing successfully. First and foremost, you need to enjoy the game. Additionally, you need to be able to exercise patience and self discipline. If this isn't you, you're barking up the wrong tree and would be better advised saving your cash, as you will lose money. Without patience you will play more hands than you should and ultimately commit your money into pots that do not warrant your contribution.
The game of poker is like any other, play it for a long time and it becomes second nature. Over time, you learn what works and what doesn't. You learn where the dangers lie and in time. In time, you can learn the winning ways and develop the instinct to win against the very best. Remember, even a natural will need to practice and improve to compete at the top. Look at Tiger Woods - no-one would challenge his natural golfing abilities. Does he practice and improve? All the time. He wouldn't be much of a player if he didn't put in the time. The fact that he's got the talent to work only makes the practice worthwhile.
Guides to help you win
Here is our introductory guide to playing winning online poker. Included are some of the basics that need to be employed along with some useful information and playing tips.
** Please note that these guides are based on the game of Hold'em although many of the guides and tips are those used across many different poker games. **
Guide #1 - Texas Holdem Starting Hands
Guide #2 - The Importance of Seat Position
Guide #3 - Reading the Board
Guide #4 - The Art of Bluffing
Guide #5 - The Odds of Making Your Hand
Guide #6 - Pot Odds and Calculation
Guide #7 - Online Poker Secrets
These guides should get you started and are all important if you want to be posting a profit. Mastering these guides is however the first step. Ultimately it's about learning to make the right decisions at the table. Understanding when to call, when to raise and more importantly, when to fold. Visit our online guides for more guides to help build your understanding of these principles.
If you feel you are ready to take to the tables, remember to play sensibly. If you know what game it is you would be looking to play, visit our games section and see the best online rooms. Good luck at the tables.
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