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Mon, May. 3rd, 2010, 02:32 am
b_whit741: Newcomer to Poker

 Hi All, 
     I've only been playing poker for a couple of months and I'm becoming very interested learning more about the game. All I have to go on at this point is a book that I happened across written by Ken Warren titled Winner's Guide To Texas Hold Em Poker. If anyone has any suggestions for me, I would certainly appreciate any help I could get. The only way I play poker is through the internet, either FTP or Poker Stars, so I'm not real experienced in casino type settings. In truth, I've never actually visited a casino. The only casino near my location is Harrah's in Cherokee, NC (which I've heard a lot of bad reviews about that place.) As to home games, I don't know anyone who plays poker besides myself. Again, if anyone would love to help me out, that would be great. 

Mon, May. 3rd, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)

Sure, I can give you some advice. Both FTP and Stars are great places to play online, as they offer many games and buyin options. Start with the following:

1. when playing, make sure you have a deposited bankroll of at least 500 blinds (cash games) or 50 buyins (tournament). Make SURE that you never play the same limit if your bankroll dips below that level, never go up in limit unless your bankroll supports it. Occasionally remove money from bankroll if you are playing a lot of volume.
2. avoid live casinos unless you know the game dynamics and the players.
3. read books like Harringtons' Cash and his Hold'em (Tournament) volumes. those are classics.
4. diversify in games and styles played (NLHE, PLO, cash, tournament)
5. do not obsess over overall results, do not worry about specific hands too much. practice discipline. do not let results control your playing decisions.
6. watch out for tilt, it destroys bankrolls. remember you are in control at all times.

good luck!