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20 January 2011 - 10:44am

Not poker savvy

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Hello all,

I am as far from poker savvy as you can get. I am a little slow when playing and tend to anger other players he he he.
Suggestions for brushing up on my poker skills? Where's the best place to play? Tips puuulease!

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21 January 2011 - 12:28am

Geez what a massive topic that is! You could read for weeks on how to play poker and win. Let me see where to start...

The two biggest sites that accept Americans are PokerStars and Full Tilt poker. Pokerstars is bigger and has more players but I prefer Full Tilt but because I played there first and got comfortable I guess. You'll hardly ever have to wait for a game at either.

If you're slow when playing then practice playing first on the free tables or freeroll tournaments. But be warned, the other players do crazy stuff on the free tables that they would not do when playing for money. So its not a totally good reflection of the real game if you know what I mean.

If you want to play for money start on the ultra low limit tables. If you're a newbie don't go in to the $1/$2 or even the $0.50/$1 tables as you will get smashed.

If you are playing hold'em, a good player throws away far more hands than they play. So don't feel pressured to play every hand. My advice until you get the hang of it is to only play the hand if:

- you have a pair of 10s or better
- you have a suited AK, AQ, AJ, A10, KQ, KJ, or QJ
- you have an unsuited AK, AQ, or KQ

That's a really tight game but will mean you should have a fairly strong hand when you play and at the low limits you will be playing chumps who play with any 2 cards. Bet aggressively after the flop if you have a good hand. Once you get better you can mix it up a bit to keep the other players guessing.

Is that kind of what you wanted?


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21 January 2011 - 3:06am

I used to absolutely LOVE Texas Hold'em. I was SO addicted when I was unemployed for a while, lol. I also started watching on TV and I was hooked on not missing a game for a while (all my "obssessions" eventually diminish, lol).

One site where they are very patient with new people is You can sign up and play in either sit n go tournaments, longer tournaments or play in poker rooms. You can play tournaments for chips or small prizes, say 10 to 20 dollars or entries into bigger money tournaments.''

You can practice in the poker rooms, and what is nice is they are divided up by level, so you can choose a "newbie" room and move up as your comfort level increases.

They have a "Player's Club' that offers more perks and more games and opportunities to play for real money, but I do not qualify due to the state I live in. However, I really enjoyed learning there.

I have played in some of the lower stake rooms on some of the popular sites, as sometimes they will send me 10 bucks or so to play, try out their rooms.

It's also fun to chat while I play. Interesting to hear where everyone I am playing with is from: parts of the U.S., England, and all over. MOST are friendly and patient, but occasionally you get your rude person, then I just IGNORE and keep playing.

One bad thing about playing for chips or the lower stakes tournament or when chips are the entry fee (the site gives you a certain amount of chips to start, then more each time you sign in or sends you some sometimes or you can also win) is that for the 9 person sit n gos people will often go "all in" on the first hand, because they figure if they lose they can just hop onto the next tournament or if they win they have a good lead. I don't like to play like that, but to each their own. I have won second and third place back when I played a lot. I do love Hold 'em!

There are lots of free and practice sites where you can learn to play for free without anyone being rude or bossy. Google is your friend, in this case, use, "free poker lessons," or "free poker sites" or something like that. I did that when I was first learning black jack to teach myself so I didn't feel stupid playing in "real life."

I used to play at my local bowling alley, once per week, until I moved (went mainly to see the group of people or I would continue to go out somewhere around here). The group I played with played somewhere almost every night of the week: there are games everywhere! No fee at these place and you can win cash and gift certificates and little prizes like drink chips and hats. I had a lot of fun and won first once and second and third quite a few times. First prize for the first game was 25 dollars and you could get 75 for the second game IF you also played in the first (encourages people to play and stay). I won a gift certificate to the bar/bowling alley/restaurant where I played so the next time I went, I was able to get an appetizer. I drank pepsi and they would refill all night long, so the night cost me 2 bucks, lol. Yes, I am a "cheap date!"

Finally, I have played a few 40 or 60 dollar games at the casino. Usually when I am spending the night, as that would give me something to do and that would be a few hours where I wasn't donating to the slots. haha

I found the local games AND the casino players to be extremely kind and patient with new players.

I am not sure if you are looking into Hold'em or all other types of poker, but either way, I think you would like it. Just talking about it makes me want to go sign in, but I have some tasks on my other computer related to my job. Sad

I supposed that is WAY more than you wanted to know or hear about Poker or Hold'em, lol.

Let us know how it goes! Smile

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21 January 2011 - 5:19am

Hi Savannah,

It depends on what kind of poker your playing. If your playing Texas Hold 'em the best way to get your feet wet is to play the freeroll games. Also you can play for fun money to practice your game. Hope gave awesome tips!! Another site you may like is Full Tilt Poker.


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21 January 2011 - 5:50am

I would suggest staying away from playing for fun/play money but continue participating in freeroll tournaments. I find that playing for fun doesn't give you a realistic experience and can actually pick up bad habits or teachings. The trick to playing freeroll tournaments is to get by the early stages where players tend to play extremely loose and alot of all-ins are played. Usually by the 2nd break, if you are stil in, you will find yourself playing in a better and more enjoyable game of poker.


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21 January 2011 - 9:22am

Oh these are some great tips! Thank you so much everyone!

I will be busy with these site suggestions. Thanks! I'll let ya know how I do. Smile