Poker Questions

twinkelt
twinkel

Hey there, new poker player here. I haven’t played any tournaments, live, or online games but have been playing a lot for no money with a couple buddies (so when I say new, I mean barely in the game yet new). I wanted to take my game to the next level and learn how to play legitimately, and was wondering where to start out? I’m open to buying books or online lessons, but not really coaching per-se. Also, how long did you wait til you joined the legitimate poker game? When did you feel you were ready to start betting money? Thanks for any help y’all can give, it’s really appreciated!

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  • janetnelsonj
    janetnelson

    Hi Twinkel, I am a beginner myself. When I first started playing free poker online, it was on WPC, and I managed to win over 2 million in just three months. However, when I played my first real money game, I couldn't even double my deposit on my first day and lost it all. I am not sure what went wrong, but I want to learn more. Right now, I feel I am not ready to start playing with real money. I will do my research, and if I find something valuable, I will use this thread to share it.

  • evo_psye
    evo_psy

    Play money vs real money poker might as well be entirely different games. My advice:

    1.) I've read all the modern books on poker and taken the 4 most popular poker courses on the market. I personally don't think any are great. I guess I'd suggest 'The Grinders Manual' as the first book to read. It's free online just google it. This book is pre-solver if I remember correctly. Outside of 'TGM' and maybe 'Applications of NLH' you never want to read anything or take any advice that isn't grounded in PIO/Monker/etc solutions.

    2.) Start at the very lowest possible stakes. Find a site with .01/.02 and deposit 100 dollars. Especially in the beginning you're going to need 100 buyins to not go broke.

    3.) Purchase PT4

    4.)Play 6-max cash games online and only 6-max cash games. Never move to a different poker format until you've master 1. Once you're a winning player at 6-max cash, you'll have all the fundamentals to easily transition into tournaments, full ring, etc.

    5.) Play ABC poker for your first 100,000 hands. Until you reach this amount of hands it will be impossible to evaluate if you're a winning player.

    ABC:
    -play tight preflop and when you enter the pot you come with an open raise
    -mostly 3bet or fold; cold calling around 4%
    -Post flop bet fairly large (2/3-3/4) with top pair+ and good draws
    -Check 2nd pair and below with the intention of calling at least 1 bet
    -TPTK+ develop a raising range
    -Fold 85%+ to a check raise

    This will get you winning if your bankroll is 100 buy ins. After you get abc down start studying gto.

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