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The Online Poker Virgin

Note: This article is very dated and much of the info no longer applies.

The Online Poker Virgin
by Trevor of Predictem.com

The world of online poker can be an intimidating jump for any new player. With thousands of people playing online, a “newbie” sometimes needs a bit of help and direction to make his/her experience as pleasurable and hopefully, profitable as well. This article identifies three questions I asked myself and discovered on my own through trial and error.

Which site do I choose?

This is the first question any new player should ask him/herself. There are a lot of choices, but with a few minutes of research, a player can find the poker room he/she will enjoy. Downloading is easy and only takes a couple minutes.

How do I deposit? How much?

Depositing in today’s online world got tougher after Congress passed their anti-gambling bill (focusing on banking transactions, not playing poker). Neteller was the hardest hit, but with their decline came new opportunities. Click2Pay, ePassport, even Visa/Mastercard, and bank wires are just a few of the depositing possibilities. The easiest being a credit card, as it is usually instant and no need to sign up and verify an account with a third-party bank. Notable rooms online that take credit cards well are Bovada Poker and Players Only.

The depositing amount is also a concern. For a beginner, only deposit the amount you feel comfortable losing. If its $50, then only deposit $50. Do not think you can deposit $600 and make rent or food money each month. Being under financial stress actually works against you on the tables.

How do I begin playing?

In most cases, a beginner will be playing Texas Hold’em. Each site has a main room (lobby) identifying all the games that are available. This can be intimidating, so just stick with the game you are comfortable with and especially the blind ranges. Most (if not all) sites have micro limits, 1 cent/2 cent being the lowest blinds. Take a seat at the table with at least the minimum buyin funds. With micro limits, you can usually sit down with a couple bucks. The program will usually ask you to place your big blind immediately or wait until the big blind comes to you. Always wait until it comes to you, you do not want to pay the big blind twice. In addition, you will have a chance to inspect and evaluate your competition. Figure out how a particular player is betting or even folding. Identifying people's betting patterns will earn you $$$.

Signing up For an Account

Check to see how long the poker room has been in business. What kind of bonus do they offer? Do they offer customer support via the phone or email? Do they offer numerous deposit options? Also be sure to check their volume (how many players are online at any given time) to assure that you can always find the card game of your choice no matter when you log on to play.

Promotions

Rakeback - Some cardrooms will offer you a percentage or all of your rake back as a special promotion or incentive to retain you long term as a player at their website.

Penny Poker - We list all the places that offer "penny poker" and other microlimit games.

Loyalty Programs - See which online poker sites reward their players for their play.

Bonus Codes

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