Texas Hold’em is undoubtedly the most popular poker variant to play online. It combines multiple types of skill, together with luck to produce an amazing experience. However, for beginners it may appear too challenging to play for real money. Fortunately, in this post we’re going to share three tips with you so you can have a better chance of staying in the game next time you have the urge to play online poker.
1) Be Aggressive
The most common mistake beginners make is to adopt a passive mentality. This is the worst way to play when facing online poker players as they will bully you all night. Instead, try to be aggressive when you enter the pot. This doesn’t mean raise six times an orbit – it just means play assertively with the few hands you do play. This will keep opponents on guard and allow you to win the pot now or later in the hand. It makes it easier to run bluffs and also manipulate pot sizes how you wish. Most poker training sites coach that aggressive poker is winning poker and if you can’t beat them, join them.
2) Play Small
This is not a strategical tip but it’s equally important. Even if you win a few sessions at lower stakes, we recommend avoiding the higher stakes games. It takes years to master the skills necessary to have a good chance at beating professionals or even average players at higher stakes.Poker is not just luck after all. Instead, focus on playing small stakes games. This will help you have a better chance of winning and also allow you the opportunity to gain experience and learn strategy as you go.
3) Don’t Get Attached to “Ace”
An inability to fold “ace” rag is prevalent amongst new players. They play poker as though one high card is sufficient to be involved. Truthfully, an ace with a small kicker is of little value in most games. It’s best to tread carefully if you are involved in a pot with an ace and a kicker lower than ten. If you hit an ace there is a reasonable chance someone else has one with a better second card. This could mean losing money. So, if you are involved, and someone is betting and raising, it would be prudent to fold and save money. In fact, we don’t recommend beginners play hands that have an ace and low card with it – you’re unlikely to find a way to play it profitably with such little experience.
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