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Poker – Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to Poker, where should I start?

If you’re brand new to Poker and just want to learn quickly we recommend this guide by Party Poker https://www.partypoker.com/how-to-play/texas-holdem.html

Can I get good by practicing at the online play money tables?

Unfortunately, no. You can learn the basic mechanics of the game playing for play money, but it is essentially useless for becoming good at poker. The players at play money tables very likely have no reasoning behind their actions, and learning how to play against them wouldn’t be very valuable.

What are some common poker abbreviations / acronyms?

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Where can I play online for real money?

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I’m in the US, can I play online for real money?

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How much money should I to deposit to play online?

Do not play with anything more than you are comfortable losing. Poker is a high variance game – you can do everything correctly and still lose. It’s always best to be prepared for the worst and have enough money to continue playing if things happen to go south.

A good rule of thumb is to have at least 20 buy-ins to play cash games and at least 50 buy-ins to play tournaments. Tournaments are known to have a much higher variance than regular cash games, which is why you always want to have a higher amount of buy-ins to play.

I’ve won X bb/100 over the last Y hands. Am I a winning player?

Because variance is such a big factor in poker, it takes many hands to be confident of your winrate. Since most players are losing players, even if you have a winrate as high as 10bb/100 over 10,000 hands, it’s still not enough to consider you a winning player. Most people consider a sample size of at least 100,000 hands online, or 300-1000 hours of live play to be enough to give you an idea of where your winrate stands.

You might have heard or seen players talking about HUD’s and other software and are wondering if you should get involved or not. Generally, it’s a great idea to implement these tools in your study as you get the actual math behind everything you do to ensure you are making profitable decisions.

We recommend not investing into software if you’re just starting out, but it’s extremely worth trying out the free software and free trials of the paid software.

What are the best books on XYZ?

Learning from books is generally not recommended as most of them are outdated and teach outdated strategies. However, if you’re looking for a poker book, reading one definitely wont hurt you! Plenty of them still contain valuable information especially if you have not studied any poker before. Here’s our list of the most recommended books you can get sorted by category.

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