How to improve your skills in online poker
Playing online poker can be frustrating, especially if you are a newcomer. By the time you have logged in, sat down at the table and typed a few words into the online chat room, your bankroll has been cleaned out with several unlucky hands. This is common for newcomers to poker, in both online and land casinos, so here are some tips on how to improve your poker game, in order to prolong your time at the tables.
The first tip is quite simply and is to look out for free play or beginner’s tables. These are quite frequent across many online gaming sites, such as Bet365 and offer players both old and new the chance to get to grips with poker and the chance to improve their skills, with little to no risk. The free play tables are not as easy to find, but some offer real-money jackpots for the winners and considering the game itself is free, there is little to no reason as to why you shouldn’t jump straight in!
While you may think it easier to just play elsewhere on a site that is consistently free, if you play in a real online casino, albeit on the free-play tables initially, then you will get to grips with the system and begin to find the atmosphere familiar and comfortable, which is incredibly important when playing for money.
Beginners tables however, that are offered by some online casinos like the aforementioned Bet365, are still played for money, with the only difference being that you play against fellow beginners and not players who have graced the online casinos for decades gone. It is relatively simple, in the sense that you can play on these tables for the first 90 days once registered to a site, after which you will not be considered a beginner. Once again, the fact that you are playing with competitors that are also new to the surroundings, you will find it easier to get into your comfort zone and also find it easier to hit a winning hand or two!
The main thing to remember is that you are not going to be a world-beater immediately. Like many trades, sports and games, you have to practice your skills until you know exactly what to do whatever the situation, just like the pros, or you will inevitably be brought crashing back down to earth with a succession of misplaced errors. Play with opponents that match your skill level, remain calm and composed and try to avoid any huge, bankroll-altering bets for the opening few hands. Then, once you feel comfortable, try to be adventurous and don’t be afraid to go ‘all-in’ if you feel confident in your own ability as who knows, you soon could be reaping the rewards of your bold playing style.