Last updated on April 6, 2019
Getting started as a new poker player can seem daunting. You will be up against a lot of players who have been playing poker for years and you need to be ready or they will eat you up for breakfast. Here are five steps towards making sure your first game isn’t a total disaster.
Step One – Know your Limits
Knowing your limits is very important because you could lose a lot of money very quickly if you play at the wrong limit. Ensure you start off with the small stakes and work your way up. This will also stop you from losing interest in the game if you lose a few games.
Step Two – Know your Poker Strategy
Any poker player of any level needs to know a little bit of strategy in order to be successful. Learn some basic strategy tips through us and you will go into your first few games knowing the signs of when to cash in and when to back out.
Step Three – Learn how to read cards
Learning how to read cards will put you in a much stronger position than other beginners at the same level. Reading cards is being able to quickly work out the percentages of a game and how likely you are to win a hand. This will help you win more cash and lose less.
Step Four – Learn your Poker Room
It’s a good idea to spend a little bit of time learning the ins and outs of the poker room you are using. If you don’t know what the options are, how the lobby works or what the graphics are like then you will feel very confused when you first sign up and play.
Step Five – Talk to Others
Don’t be afraid to approach other players and get some tips based on their experience. Most good poker rooms will now have an option which allows you to talk to other players in the middle of a game or even contact them away from the tables. This will help you in the long run.
Understand your Poker Bonus
This is arguably the most important point. You need to be able to understand your poker bonus in order to get the most from it. Your poker bonus will often be released in segments by your poker room which can mean you have to pay more to get it than the original deposit it’s based on.
Split up your Bonus
Split up your bonus so you can use it across a variety of different games. Even if you have a small poker bonus, you don’t have to just use it all in one go. Many poker rooms offer low stakes games which allow you to break down the bonus cash and spread it around.
Use the Bonus Wisely
Use the bonus to maybe play a couple of games you don’t normally get the chance to play. Alternatively you could save it up to buy into a tournament you wouldn’t normally be able to afford. This will effectively make your bonus a treat for your hard work and graft playing daily poker games.
Accumulate your Winnings
Any winnings you make through using your bonus, save them up and that will effectively become an extra bonus once you have used all of your poker bonus cash up. This can lead to a tidy amount once you have spent your entire initial welcome bonus.
No Deposit Bonuses
Consider a no deposit poker bonus even though it’s for a much smaller amount. You don’t need to deposit any money to get this bonus and you can use the same steps above to make the most of it, regardless of the fact that it’s a much smaller bonus.
So you’ve waded through the various offers on offer and you’ve found a poker room and bonus which is right for you. Now it’s time to get your account setup so you can start taking on poker players from all over the world.
Step One – Register
The first thing you need to do is register your details which you can via the poker service website or once you’ve downloaded the software. Registration is always straight forward. All you need is basic personal information such as address, post code, date of birth and you will need to set yourself a username and password.
Step Two – Poker Deposit Method
You will need to register a deposit method after you have registered or as part of the registration. You do this by simply adding a debit or credit card to your account or using one of the other options available to add and withdraw money as you play. Bear in mind some poker rooms have different charges for using certain methods.
Step Three – Understand your Bonus
You need to understand your bonus because most rooms will ask you to earn points towards releasing chunks of your bonus. To do this you may need to play a lot more than you first thought you would need to which costs money. Make sure you understand this so you don’t feel blindsided by having to put in extra funds.
Step Four – Know your Poker Service
Different poker services have different interfaces and different promotions. One poker room may have a smaller welcome bonus but it could have a better variety of promotions available. Spend time reading up on how easy the interface, software and website is to use before you start playing poker.
Step Five – Start Playing Poker
Now you can jump straight in and start playing some poker. Check out all of the options available via the main interface and make sure you don’t automatically start playing high stakes games. This is where the pros play and if you’re inexperienced, they will tear you apart.
Set Yourself Limits in Poker
One of the basic things you can do to control your money is to impose limits on yourself. Most online poker rooms and providers will have a function within the user controls which limits the amount of cash you can deposit each day, week or month. It’s a good idea to set yourself a limit because you will know that you are playing within your boundaries.
If your poker room doesn’t have this option then you are going to have to be a lot stricter with yourself and the way you play poker. Work out an amount of money you are going to play with and divide it up between each day. Stick to that limit and anything you win can go into a bonus pool which you can review at the end of the week or month.
Basic Poker Money Tips
One of the most basic poker money tips that I can’t stress enough is to not try and immediately make back a loss. Losses are never easy or nice to deal with but in the heat of the moment you will end up spending a lot more than you can afford. Never try and make back losses for a day by gambling even more because your weekly budget can soon go out of the window.
Another very basic but essential tip is to never miss out a level when it comes to stakes. If you lose a couple of times at a certain level then moving up will not solve the problem and you are only going to lose even more. Only ever move up levels when you are confident that your poker game is good enough and when you are starting to win regularly at a set limit.
Ultimately we all want to play poker and have fun while we’re playing. Be sensible with your cash and work out a way to get the most poker for your budget. There are dozens of tournaments which require small buy-in fees that can be played for a number of hours and there are many sit and go games you can enter for a small price, you can play tens and tens of these in a day.