For most of us, playing poker is something we do for fun. But what if you could do it at home and make big money! There are people that do actually do this, and as the saying goes, if one person can do it some can many.
First things first, you have got to know when to put down a losing hand. Some poker players will sit tight with what they have and hope for the best, or worse, they will stay in because they can’t bear to split with the chips they’ve already dumped into the game. Learning how to play online poker and winning big means that you have to know when it’s time to call it quits. If you are just starting out at poker online, you might want to start with games that have a limit on them.
Don’t get excited when you think you’ve got a good hand. Too many online poker players raise when they should sit tight and see what is given to them at the flop. It can change everything and if you start talking big you might have to eat a lot of poker chips once your hand has gone from a decent one to something less than desirable. When playing online poker and first learning how to play online poker, it might be tempting to sit tight with a good hand and wait for more players to dump chips into the pot. This poker strategy is a classic for a beginning poker player to lose chips, as you allow more players to potentially gain better hands as more cards are dealt.
Finally, don’t get cocky about your winnings. It might seem like a good idea in the moment to bet big and try to scare all the other online poker players away, but you can lose big and you can lose fast with this method. Trial and error will be your best friend at times and your worst enemy at others. Take the best that are low and in the middle to start with and after you’ve been playing online poker for awhile you will know when a big bet might come through for you.
How to Play Online Poker
Online poker is quite different from playing with your friends or in poker tournaments. It has some marvelous advantages over traditional poker. You can ‘sit’ at a table at any time and more importantly you can leave at any time. Your opponents will be from a pool of many thousands of online players who ‘sit’ at tables at random. Sometimes you will see the same ‘faces’ i.e. their pseudonyms. It is totally impersonal. In traditional poker you can actually take a dislike to some poker players because of their mode of play or their expressions etc. but in online poker you leave all those emotions behind you.
The people at your table do not know you and it is unlikely you know them. Two people cannot play from the same computer. The exchange platform will not allow it. You are playing for yourself only. I think it would be impossible for two people to ‘rig’ a game. Assume two people were in contact by mobile phone. What information can they give except what is in their own hands. They cannot see yours or anyone else’s. If they attempted to raise the stakes that could be their undoing if someone else has a red hot hand! And then think of the cost of the phone calls.
Online poker (or any poker for that matter) is not for fools. You must concentrate on what you are doing. If you are in a penny ante game (and there are plenty on the betting exchange) learning how to play poker then treat that game as if you were in a ‘big’ money game. The rules are exactly the same and the strategies that work in small games will work in big games.