There are many reasons to play online poker. Some people play for fun, some play for the competition, others just play to pass the time. However, the most common and most important reason for playing online poker is to win. Winning at online poker isn’t just about the thrill of victory or the satisfaction of knowing you beat the odds; it’s about winning some cold hard cash.
There’s no better feeling than starting the day with $200 and then going to sleep with $900 – except, of course, if you earn even more money. The only problem is that you have to be able to win at online poker in order to get that money. But that won’t be a problem for long if you follow the instructions of this guide. By following these instructions, you’ll have all the necessary tools in your arsenal to be a consistent winner and start raking in the dough.
Choosing a Game
The first, and most important, step to start winning at online poker is to choose a game. I’d just like to note that this isn’t to say that you must choose only one game and never play another; I’m just saying that, for when you’re starting out, you focus on mastering one game at a time.
You have three primary choices here: Texas Holdem, Omaha Poker, or 7 Card Stud. There are other poker games, such as 5 card draw or crazy pineapple, but these are so rare that they’re better to play for entertainment purposes rather than earning money.
Now, the most popular of these games is Texas Holdem. This is my personal favorite, and it’s what most players start out with. It’s also the easiest for earning money, since there are so many new and inexperienced players. Omaha and 7 Card Stud are definite choices, but you’re more likely to find hard competition for these games. In addition, they’re far less popular than Texas Holdem, so it will be harder to find good games going due to the lack of players. However, if you have a passion or natural skill for either of these games, they can certainly be very profitable.
Once you have your game of choice, you need to master the rules. This shouldn’t take too long, though, especially if you know the Basic Poker Rules beforehand. As soon as you know how to play, it’s time to start your strategy.
Mastering Your Game
So now you’ve chosen your game and are on your way to winning at online poker. The next step is to master the different techniques of your game and to start getting a feel for what it’s like to read your opponents and adjust your game according to their style of play.
The very first thing you should do is visit our Top Online Poker Tips page. Then, to start off mastering your chosen game, check out our Online Poker Strategy section and select the strategy guide that matches your game of choice. Once you’ve read through this, it’s time to head over to our Advanced Strategy section.
Here is a list of what you should read from that section: Bluffing 101, Online Poker Tells, and Basic Poker Odds. This will give you the knowledge of how the game is played, and much more importantly, how it’s won.
Choosing a Poker Room
This is, quite possibly, the most important choice you’ll make in your goal of winning at online poker. Choosing the right poker room can make or break your chances of succeeding. If you choose a site with poor software, too many sharks and not enough whales, or an unfair rake structure, you could lose good money just because of that. One more point I do want to make is that it’s usually best to pick a good poker room and stick with it. It’s beneficial to hop around if you’re building a bankroll or trying different rooms out, but once you’ve found a good one, stay there. This will allow you to be able to spot the easy players from the pros, use the software to its full extent, and be the first to pick up on any promotions going on.
My personal favorite room has always been Absolute Poker. However, with the recent scandal involving superuser accounts, I can no longer vouch for the gameplay there. Lately I’ve been dividing my time between Bodog Life, a long-time favorite of mine that’s always a great choice, and Full Tilt Poker, a room that’s grown on me over the years as they continue to add to their userbase. Bodog’s players are probably easier to beat in the long-run, but Full Tilt’s bonuses are great stuff.
Those sites are just my personal preferences, as I’ve been able to make the most money there. Check out a list of our reviews and ratings in our Poker Room Ratings section to help determine which site you’ll be spending most of your time at.
If you follow all these guides well, you’ll be winning at online poker in no time. You’ll start getting a feel for how your opponents think and how they play. Just keep your mind on the game and focus on how to win at online poker and you’ll be raking in the dough in no time.