Posts Tagged ‘practice’

Why You Shouldn’t Write Off Free Poker Games

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A few times a month I get together with some friends to play poker. Last night, one of my buddies was totally off his game. Usually he kills the rest of us at poker, but last night he was playing worse than I’ve ever seen him play before. I asked him what was up and he told me he was out of practice. He and his wife are saving up for a nice vacation later this summer so he hasn’t been playing poker online.

My friend is a big online poker player, but he only plays for real money. He tries to get in at least an hour a night, but in order to avoid losing valuable vacation money he had taken a break from online poker and his game really suffered because of it. I asked him why he didn’t continue playing free games, just to brush up on his skills, and he said that oddly enough he hadn’t even considered that idea.

If I could only give online poker players one piece of advice it would be this: Don’t write off free online poker games! I understand that playing poker for real money is exciting, but sometimes if you are saving money like my friend, or just want to get in a little bit of free poker practice, a free game can be great.

The next time you are thinking about taking a day, or a week or a month off from your real money online poker games to save money, just switch to a free game. You’ll thank yourself for it when you get back to the real money gaming.

Learning When to Walk Away from the Poker Table

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

One of the biggest mistakes that poker players make is staying in the game too long. If you don’t know when to walk away from the poker table it can kill your bankroll when you are playing for real money.

There are a couple of different scenarios in which staying in the game can kill your bankroll. The first is when you are losing. A lot of players stay in when they are losing because they keep thinking to themselves, “I’ll win the next round”, and they don’t want to walk away with a loss. They’d rather stay in and hope for the best. However, the truth of the matter is that when you are on a losing streak your mind isn’t totally in the game and you are more likely to continue on your losing streak. If you are starting to feel negative about your game then it’s time to walk away from your losing streak. Come back when you are feeling more positive and win your losses back.

There is also the scenario where you lose money by staying in the game too long when you are ahead. To many players have gotten cocky when they are on a winning streak, made a big bet or raise and lost all of their winnings. Set a winning limit for yourself. When you have managed to reach this limit walk away to ensure that you hold on to all your winnings.

You can practice walking away with a free game. Keep track of your fun money winnings and losses and walk away when the time is right!

Getting the Most Out of Your Free Poker Practice

Friday, February 19th, 2010

If you’ve decided that you want to play free poker online in order to practice and improve your skills then there are several things you should keep in mind in order to maximize the effectiveness of your practice time. The following tips can help you to get the most out of your free poker practice.

For starters, you’ll want to choose a free game that is played by the rules of the poker variation you want to learn about. Obviously, a free 5 Card Draw game won’t help you learn to play Texas Hold’em. If you are brand new to the world of poker then you may not realize just how different each poker variation is. If you practice a free game of Omaha or 5 Card Draw you will have no idea how to play when you sit down at a Hold’em table.

Once you have found a free version of the poker variation you want to play you need to decide how many players you want to play against. You can play head-to-head against one other player, or play against 2, 3 or 4 other players or even more. You should practice with the same number of players you will be playing with in the future. If you aren’t sure, stick to around 4 players as this is a nice median. You’ll also want to choose an easy or hard game, depending upon your skill level.

Match the settings of your free game as closely as possible to the game specifics you are practicing for. When you do you can make the most out of your free practice and improve your skills!

Why You Should Invest Your Time in Free Poker Online

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In the world of online poker one of the biggest perks is the opportunity to play free poker games. When you play free poker online you have the amazing chance to practice and improve your skills without having to spend a dime.

When I first started playing poker online I made the mistake of jumping right in to the real money games. From my experience I can tell you that you should always play free games first. When you are first starting out playing poker online you not only have to familiarize yourself with the rules of the game, if you don’t know them already, but also with the software interface and the rhythm of online poker game play. Playing for free gives you the opportunity not only to learn and practice the rules of different poker variations but also to improve your strategy so that you can prepare yourself for real money gaming.

Where can you play free poker games online? Virtually every online poker website allows free gaming as well as real money poker games. You simply have to download the site’s poker software and choose the free game option. There are also sites that allow free instant Flash poker games where you can practice without having to download any software or provide any information at all.

The best advice I can give to any new online poker player is to start out with a free game. Practice, improve your skills and when you are ready you can win big playing real money poker games.