Free tips Poker Tips: Playing Online Poker in 2020
Poker Playing Tips for New Players
Poker has long been a popular game for casino goers. But in truth it is massively popular per-se. It is estimated 25 million Americans regularly play poker and over three percent of US adults have played online poker for real money at least once in the past three months. Unsurprisingly playing poker is America’s No. 1 pastime.
With more and more States now allowing gambling of all kinds, not to mention a Covid-19 induced lockdown, the number of people playing online poker during their downtime is surging like no time since 2004.
If you are new to online casinos or the online gambling world starting your journey with online poker is not a bad idea as the game can give you hours of entertainment plus a huge ROI’s with stakes starting at just a few cents.
A Whole New World
The 2010’s were dogged by unscrupulous online poker sites who were eventually shut down by the FBI. Thankfully a lot of good came from this and now only fully licenced online poker sites can now offer their wares to the American public. But how do you play online poker at one of our recommended trusted fully-licenced sites?
It is actually incredibly simple – gone are the days of having to download software, gone the days of flash (non-download) poker which can be played on phones and tablets as well more traditional PC’s.
Furthermore all of these new sites offer easy ‘how to play guides’. If they don’t fear not, there is a plethora of tutorial ‘how to’ videos on YouTube. But before checking out all the bells and whistles new age online poker sites have to offer, make sure to prepare yourself.
Preparation Meets Opportunity
Before you start playing any game, decide whether you are playing the game for fun or to make money. If your reason is winning then you need to put in both time and effort. Not to mention, you need to be patient while playing the game.
Similarly you cannot get emotional or overwhelmed when playing poker with the intention of winning cash. You need to make sensible decisions so a clean head is vital, only then will results follow.
Doing The Maths
Whether you are playing the game for the first time or the thousandth time, do not expect to win every single session that you play. Only concern yourself with putting in your best effort. Luck will favour you some days and it will also conspire against you, but over a period of time your poker balance will grow or dwindle in line with your skill levels.
That’s because poker is a mathematical game which also means if you want to excel at online poker you need to know your maths. If you are good with figures you should be able to compile a list of your results and see where you are more likely to spin a profit.
Your game options are enormous, Hold’em and Omaha are clearly the two most popular online poker games but there are Cash Games, Multiplayer Tournaments (MTT’s), Sit ‘n GO’s (STT) and many more variants to choose from.
Ultimately poker is an entertaining game and it becomes even more fun when you are winning. To help with that task, to become a better player, you need to observe every activity going at the table and study your opponent’s style of play and their grasp of the game.
But if you simply want a quick-hit, don’t have time to assess rivals playing styles and strengths, and only want to blow off some steam while hoping to spin a profit whilst happy to take some blind gambles, be sure to play a game that suits.
STT’s are great for learning the game as they come with small (or high) entry fees and they rarely last longer than an hour. Cash games can be massively lucrative but as you have cash on the line at all times and you are likely to be swimming with battle hardened card sharks. We recommend you acquire some real skill before jumping into a pool of piranhas.
It could be best to try a relatively new ‘speed poker’ variant, called Rush Poker, Zoom Poker, Snap Poker, Zone Poker, Twister Poker and/or Fast Forward Poker (depending where you play). This game could be right up your alley way.
These speed poker games move around four or five times faster than regular poker because you can pass your hand and be moved to a fresh table the moment you check the fold button. It’s not uncommon to play 150+ hands per hour in this format, in fact if your policy is to only play absolute premium hands such as Queens, Kings and Aces, you will play even more.
But the real glory of this table-hopping poker is the ability to play 50+ hands during a coffee break or on a bus-ride to work. You can stop whenever you like and you will not be immersed in a cash gash game that is too good to leave or a tournament where you simply cannot cash-in.