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3) Know your roll. I know this article is already pretty long, but just bear with me here. I am going to share with you something that I think is one of the most important factors for any poker game player. This will separate the people who go broke from the people who are successful, the people who hate poker from the people who love it. Are you ready to here it? Bankroll management.
“Huh? I was expecting some sort of strategy of how to always win!?” Yeah, so was I when I started. But there is one thing you will learn rather quickly; you will not always win. It’s just impossible. Poker is a long term game.
Bankroll Management is one of the concepts many people do not understand. So many times I have been asked, “Is Poker game gambling?” I have heard and gave many answers, but I found the best one to be “I’m not sure, do you exercise proper bankroll management?” And if you do, it isn’t gambling. There are so many people who constantly go broke playing poker, even if they are good, and that is probably because they are playing out of their bankroll. What a bankroll is to a poker player, is the money that they use to play with. Players should not be using their bankroll to live off of, or making frequent cash outs, they need it to grow.
I would say the average deposit (for me initially anyway) was $50 here, $100 there, and so on. I kept on having to reload because I kept going broke. If you only have a couple hundred dollars to play online with, and want to become a serious player grinding up the limits, you can not jump right into the high stakes. In fact, with $100 even $.10 – $.20 blinds are too high. There is a recommended rule, depending on what you play, that I have learned to follow:
20-30 buyins for cash games.
15-20 buyins for sit & go tournaments.
50-100 buyins for multi-table tournaments.
Although some people like their bankroll a little tighter, and some looser, following those general guidelines will prevent you from becoming broke as easily. It also really depends on your skill level and experience with poker game (again, remember do not over rate yourself.) Just for example, if you start off with a $200 deposit, and want to focus on cash games, you should start at $.05 – $.10 or lower. If you wanted to play sit & gos, the $5.50 or $11 level would be fine. And for multi-table tournaments, you could play in the low $2 – $3 range; with an occasional shot at $5.
Again, this is just a set guideline that I follow. I highly recommend you either follow this, or hear other people’s opinion and form your own system. Sometimes players expand the required buyins, and sometimes people take shots at the next highest limit when they reach 10-15 buyins. It’s all about perspective. As a general rule, don’t bet more than you feel comfortable betting; even if you have the nuts. Having bankroll management won’t keep you from going broke if you are a bad player, but it will give you time to plug those leaks and become better through experience; instead of just going broke right away.
4) Rigged!! I am going to switch gears a little bit, but not spend too much time on this next topic. Being a part of online poker in fun88 communities and just playing online poker in fun88 in general for years now, I have heard it all. Doomswitches, setups, bad beats; all leading towards people stating “online poker in fun88 is rigged!!” Let me assure you it is not.
When you are playing live at a 9 person table, it takes time for the dealer to shuffle the cards, the players to act, the dealer to do the flop, etc. If you add in the fact that you play in a home game with distractions and perhaps drinking, this will also delay how fast hands are dealt. In my experience, playing in a home game I will see about 20-30 hands per hour.
Now look at online poker in fun88. The cards are automatically shuffled, dealt, and it is your turn even before Uncle Ray noticed it was his turn to shuffle. You don’t have to worry about chips and betting, it is all done for you. At a 9 person table online, you will see on average of 60-100 hands per hour. Now compare that to your home game, the play can be over 3 times as fast! That means you will get AA three times as often, and yes, take those bad beats three times as often. Also, with online poker in fun88 you are allowed to play more than one table at a time. I have personally played up to 18 tables at once! (I highly advise against trying it, however) Do the math on that and you can see how everything happens at a higher rate.
Now if you have your arms crossed because you know you have been unluckier than anyone else in the world, I don’t know what else to tell you. I personally know hundreds of very successful people who play online, and have achieved success myself. The rooms make enough money being legit and if you don’t believe me, well, don’t deposit!
5) Where do I start? One of the first things you must do is become a student. You are not as good as you think you are, you are as good as you prove you are (over a long sample size, mind you.) Books are a very good way to learn the game; however, most books today are advanced concepts and assume you already know the basics. I strongly suggest the website I mentioned earlier, and joining loyal community of poker players who would be very willing to help you, Flop Turn River. I learned so much from that website, and best of all, it was free!
Next, you may have seen the commercials, the television shows, or have been to one of the hundreds of online poker in fun88 rooms, and just don’t know where you should play. There are literally hundreds of online rooms, and many are good, but others are not. In my opinion, you want to find a site that is very well known, populated, and has a very good track record. There are a few that fit this mold, but if I had to narrow it down to one, it would be Full Tilt Poker. You can view the review written about Full Tilt at FTR by visiting the Full Tilt Bonus Code page. In addition to the review of the site, you will find a great deposit bonus through FTR! If you sign up through that page, Full Tilt will match your deposit and give you a bonus, up to $600. (Click on the link for details.) This will give you extra money to play with, which is a great deal.
Overall, a lot of what I had mentioned here is fairly basic. It does not guarantee that you will be on your way to riches. Poker is a game that takes a few minutes to learn, and a life time to master. But if you indulge yourself and become a great student, you can become successful. Good luck to you and see you at the tables!