Oct
14
2008

Introduction to Online Texas Hold em

Introduction to Online Texas Hold em

Online Texas hold em is wildly popular. Whether it is tournaments, sit and gos or cash games, you can find thousands of people online playing Texas hold’em every day at site such as PokerStars and Carbon Poker. If you are ready to join them, here are a few things to expect from the experience.

Online Texas Hold’em From Live Texas Hold’em

If you’ve always played live Texas hold’em and are ready to play on the Internet, you’ll notice some changes. One thing you’ll notice is that you don’t have to leave your house to play. Another thing you’ll notice is that you don’t have to tip anyone and you probably won’t have to wait long for a game.

On the flip side, you won’t be able to see your opponents or pick up any physical tells. However, you can compensate for this by observing betting speed and patterns, which can often tell you as much as any physical tell could. You can also take advantage of data collection on your opponents, something that is much more difficult to do in live play.

Online Texas Hold em as a New Game

If you’ve never played any kind of Texas hold em before starting online, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the rules and some of the basic strategies of hold em. The number one rule to consider is to be very selective about which starting hands you play.

Playing too many hands is the number one mistake new players make. It’s also a good idea to talk to some more experienced players for advice. You should start playing on one of the major sites like PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker.

You may wish to begin with free play money games or freerolls, then move to very small stakes games. Once you start to get comfortable, you can raise the stakes at which you play.

Improving at Online Texas Hold’em

While you may not be a winning player right away, you will probably find that if you are dedicated to getting better, you will. The best teacher in online Texas hold’em is experience. The more you play, the more situations you will see and the more often you will know the play that will bring you the chips.

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