Texas Hold’em continues to be the most popular poker variant online. It combines complex poker strategy, fortune and adrenaline that comes with gambling for real money. But it would be foolish to sit in a real money game without being properly prepared. Like any casino game, responsible gambling is important. That’s why we’re devoting this article to highlight four things a rookie must do before even sitting at a poker table.
1] Learn the Rules Properly
The rules of Texas Hold’em are pretty straight forward. It’s played with a standard playing deck of 52 cards, you’re deal two face down and you try and make the best five card hand with the community cards that’s dealt. That’s a very basic explanation of the rules but if you read a poker reference sheet, you will have everything in front of you. Best of all they are free and can be downloaded.
2] Look for a Bonus
I’m presuming a new player won’t already have signed up to the major poker sites here but it’s reasonable to assume that. Basically, if you’re new to online poker, you should be able to access a bonus or two when opening an account. I highly recommend reading some poker site reviews to see which ones are soft and also offer bonuses. These are the places you want to play as bonuses are free money that can help you sustain a decent bankroll while you learn the ropes online. Make sure you make clear the types of emails you receive from the gambling site though as there have been cases where casinos bombard people with emails.
3] Watch Poker Videos
YouTube has a lot of naff content but also some golden poker videos. There’s plenty of strong poker content if you look around. Again, there is a free resource you must tap into before registering an account and depositing cash.
By watching some videos, you will be able to see and hear how experienced players think e.g. how to beat loose aggressive players. You can then use this when you first play online. After all, it’s better to emulate the accomplished players than the fishes who you will hopefully be playing with.
4] Subscribe to Poker Blogs
Finally, another free way to bone up on Texas Hold’em strategy is to bookmark and subscribe to relevant poker blogs. Blogging is a popular way to share expertise, there are various blogging strategies to do this. It’s an effective way of educating players, generating leads and gaining attention from visitors. We recommend you bookmark the best sites and check them every few days. The best sites will publish a new article regularly so it’s worth visiting regularly to keep up to date with new strategy and poker tips.
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