Online poker is an increasingly popular way to spend your time and money online. However, the digital card game has a few differences from its physical predecessor. While the function of the game is still the same, you need to think about a few new factors in order to succeed.
First off, if you need to learn how to play poker, or any other card game, there are lots of poker websites out there that feature simple and straightforward tutorials on how to play and get started. Although Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular poker variant out there currently, thanks in great part to the so-called “poker boom” of 2003, there are more variants such as Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow poker. Some providers will allow you to play on mobile too. For example, 888poker provides mobile play via iPhone, Android and iPad, as well as browser play for other types of smartphone OS via browser, including poker tournaments such as Sit & Go and more in their mobile offerings.
Once you have a handle on how to play online poker, be sure to follow these tips.
GET A HIGH-RESOLUTION SCREEN
A quality screen will go a long way when playing online poker. Most high-resolution screens are pretty large (21” and up), but they offer more benefits than size. The higher resolution reduces eye strain because images are clearer and text is easier to read. A quality computer monitor is an absolute must to play online poker. Other tips for reducing eye strain include avoiding screen glare, having decent lighting in your room, and increasing the brightness of your display.
You won’t want to start your new online poker career with the highest wagers. Start smaller. If you can, play at least a few free or no-stakes games. That way you have ample time to learn the mechanics of online poker before you start spending money on it.
Pacing yourself and taking care to slowly increase risk will be more rewarding in the long run, and it will make you a better and wiser player all around.
It is also a good idea to stick to one table at a time. Many players juggle multiple poker games at once (referred to as multi-tabling). While it may seem tempting to do this at first, you will want to develop some experience first. It can be difficult to keep all of your cards straight across multiple tables, and you could end up losing far more than you would earn. Take your time and work your way up to multi-tabling.
CREATE A SUCCESSFUL ENVIRONMENT
If you want to take online poker seriously, you need to create a dedicated space for it. You won’t be able to play just anywhere. Online poker takes careful focus and strategy, and your play area should reflect that. Avoid places with a lot of distractions or clutter. Keep your desk clear, except for maybe a plant or other stress-relieving object. If you keep your space organized like a home office, you’ll be surprised at the results you will get.
By learning the ropes, starting small, and keeping organised, you will be surprised at how quickly you improve in online poker. The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself, though. Online poker can be a lot of work, but it should be equally as fun.