Millions of players from all over the world are testing their skills against each other in the online poker rooms. Internet poker has made poker accessible 24/7, and players can join everything from nickel-and-dime to high-stake games whenever they want. If you wish to begin an Internet poker career, follow the guide below to find a good poker site and learn a winning poker strategy.

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An Internet Poker Guide For Beginners

One of the first and most important things to consider when playing poker online is where to play. Site selection is a necessary element of the online poker experience and before you choose a poker site, you should be armed with some foreknowledge.

Questions before Selecting a Poker Site

Which Sites Accept U.S. Players?
Clearly if you are in the U.S., whether or not a site accepts U.S. players will be your most important criterion. However, it is important for those outside the U.S. to consider this question as well. Allowing U.S. players means a larger player pool, meaning more players who may be weaker than you and more playing options.

What Kind of a Bonus Can I Get?
Internet poker is all about the bonuses. You should be on the market for the biggest sign-up bonus you can find. That usually means at least a full match of your deposit and a large maximum allowable deposit. While an online poker bonus is an important factor, it shouldn’t be the only one. There’s no point in dumping a bunch of money in a site if the playability of the site is so weak or the level of competition is so strong that you’ll never want to play there. You definitely don’t want to put a lot of money in a site that is not reputable. Among appealing sites with verified reputations however, look for those juicy bonus offers.

Does the Site Have Appealing Competition?
If you are looking to make a big online poker score, you’ll probably want to find a site with many soft games. On the other hand, you may be a skilled player of financial means who is actually looking to challenge himself against tougher players. Review the different sites and find out if they feature the types of competition you like to play against.

Even if you are the tenth best player in the world you will be a losing player if you play poker against the nine best. When you play poker online you should not stay at a table if you aren’t sure that you are better than most of your competitors. If it is a tough game – just switch to a different and beatable poker game. The best thing with online poker is that you can always find poker sites with loose games.


Learn to Play Poker

Start with Poker Freerolls
All poker sites offer play-money poker games. You don’t have to wager any money to participate in these poker games, and they are quite good if you want to learn the rules of poker and how internet poker works. However, they won’t teach you any valuable poker strategy. Since players don’t risk loosing anything and can’t win any real money, the play-money games don’t really resemble a real poker game.

However, most poker rooms also offer freeroll tournaments. These are also free to participate in but there is always a real-money prize pool to play for. This means that players actually want to win and don’t push all-in with any random hand. So if you want to learn something about the game, but have a limited bankroll, choose a site with a lot of freeroll tournaments.

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A Winning Poker Strategy
Someone once said that Texas Hold’em takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master, and that is entirely true. However, learning the basic strategy, so that you beat most of the players found at the low-stake internetpoker tables, is not that complicated. Here are some of the most important concepts when learning to play poker on the Internet.

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Starting Hands – What hands you decide play is of paramount importance. If you are selective pre-flop, the game becomes a whole lot easier on the later streets.

Position– You should play differently depending on where you sit in a hand – early, middle, late or the in blinds. A certain hand may be great in one position and almost unplayable in another.

Player Types – Some players are aggressive while some are passive; some play a lot of hands, while some are very selective. To become successful, you must learn how to play against all of them.

Pot Odds – Poker is a mathematical game. You always have to compare what you have to pay with what the reward is when you win a pot.