A transition to playing online poker might be hard to do, even for people who are winners in their local card game. However, there are many different techniques that can help players to make a transition to playing online. With that in mind, here are the top five tips to assist beginners or players who want to improve their game play.
- Play low-stake poker
Even if you’re used to playing high-stakes poker, I strongly recommend you start with lower stakes online. The goal for these first sessions, other than playing solid poker, is to familiarize yourself with playing online.
Starting out at lower stakes enables a newbie to play online with a smaller bankroll. This can alleviate stress about losing sessions, and allow you to focus on a long term-goal, that is becoming a successful online player.
- Familiarize yourself with playing online
One of the biggest hurdles you might meet when playing online poker is getting familiar with some unique characteristics of online poker, such as using the time-bank feature. For some newcomers, having a set amount of time to act can be a significant adjustment from the real casino world where a player generally has a least few minutes to make an act before being in danger of having the clock called. Other aspects you should take into consideration are: layout and lobby of the site, betting features, cashier page, rake-back offers, and other bonuses.
- Play a single table
When playing online, it might be tempting to jump right into multi-tabling, as one of the main benefits of playing online is the ability to play more than one table at a time. I strongly advise you to play a single table as there are many technical aspects of online poker you should learn. Only after you have mastered them you should go into multi-tabling.
- Make your work area a positive environment
I advise you to take some small measures that help create an ideal playing environment, such as: a small refrigerator, a playlist of your favorite songs, and personal mementos that will lend an uplifting vibe to the work station.
Creating an ideal environment for playing online poker will have many positive effects, including: maintaining a professional attitude, better physical comfort etc.
- Explore free software
Some of the best internet poker software is actually free. So don’t hesitate to search for it and learn more about online poker as you use it. After you have become a master of free online poker, get to business and try your luck on real money poker.