Archive for August, 2008

Posted by baccaratguru at August 29, 2008

Category: online poker

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Me my sister love to play online poker, can you believe it?

The first contact with the online poker was a shock to my sister. The possibility of
earning money while having fun and most importantly, at home, had never crossed her mind.

A whole new world opened to her, but probably not as easy as she had first imagined.
Here’s a quick summary of her path, that will better define her character. And if you can get some advice from this story, then our contract is completed, as this blog is about sharing our experience.

Like any good soldier, she spent hours watching the WPT, listening to the advice of television commentators as if it was her own life at stake. She played mostly the poker variation called Texas Holdem Poker. The sums involved made her drool, and like many people interested in gambling, she wanted to be part of the dance. Yes despite her young age, she fell in love with online poker.

Unfortunately for her, the transition from NL10 to the WPT main event at the Borgata Monaco does not occur overnight. The learning is pain, loneliness and especially a tedious step by step progress.

Poker is no exception to the rule, like any art, mastery is acquired through experience.
If we had any advice to give to a beginner, it goes like this: progress step by step, bankroll management is the cornerstone of your poker skill building, do not exert yourself in a spot where you will play over your means and last but not least, be patient. The great poker players have tremendous patience.

Patience is probably the most important quality in poker for many reasons, one of which is that it helps you avoid going on tilt when a series of bad cards hurt you.

Each large loss in bankroll occurred because we wanted to rebuild it at an upper limit, under a slight tilt to make it worse. This approach is not the basis of a solid poker, because you can catch up your losses once in three times, but for the rest it is the atm.
Believe in someone who had this experience several times, it feels lousy when we lost everything. Because it puts you in the face of reality: mathematically, you are a fish.
And even if these are mistakes that we learn from, this is a very costly learning lesson. There are only a few poker stars, and many fish.

Nothing is more important than the love of the game. One need to learn how to put aside the sums involved and not consider a sum gained until it is warm in your bank account. Your bankroll is a capital investment that can grow based on your performance and decrease following your setbacks.

We must accept that we are at the mercy of chance. There are things that we cannot master in poker, which are delivered by the hands of Dame Fortune, but surely this game can be so addictive. So always exert extreme caution when playing online poker. Be careful and bet small amounts of money.