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Poker for beginners: how to choose the right game?
You decided to play poker for the first time after watching the game (or show) on TV. If you go to the casino to play at the cash table (or in a tournament), or maybe it would be more convenient to access the online poker room and start playing from the tranquility of your bedroom?
I think the best option is to start online as you need to play a large number of hands before you feel comfortable and know all the features of the game.
Getting started in a casino would only add extra pressure that would prevent you from focusing on the most important thing at the beginning, which is there is nothing else to learn.
When you play online, there are many different game options, although three stand out: tournaments, cash game tables, and sit & go. Which option should a novice player choose and why?
poker for beginners what format to choose?
When choosing a format to begin with, the first thing you need to do is ask yourself what your main goal is. If you started playing poker hoping to make money, the best thing you can do is get direct access to the cash tables, as they offer the majority of earning opportunities.
SNG (Sit and Go ) and tournaments are more fun and entertaining, especially for novice players.
If the main reason you want to play poker is the pleasure and fun that the game creates, and that your goal is to learn enough to reach the level required to participate in a big live tournament, sit - Go and tournaments are the best choice for both entertainment and training for a great tournament.
Which option to choose?
I think novice players should start without any hesitation in hold'em. This poker option is the most popular, so it's much easier to find information to improve, and it's also the best place to make money both live and online (leaving aside high-stakes games), which doesn't seem to be Changing anytime soon.
The basic strategy and hand value is also easier than the other options, so Hold'em is the best option to start the game, even if you are interested in the other options, as they will help you understand the game of Yes, and from there it will be much easier to move to other games than to start with them (without poker experience).
Which poker game is better?
If we start with Texas hold'em: fixed limit, no limit or limit ?
Well, Limit Hold'em is a much simpler game, and in my opinion it's the best way to practice and learn game theory, but because novice players will play more No Limit than Limit (on offer) from the start, you can start right into No Limit hold'em.
What bet level should I choose?
I think there is a widely used argument that is to start at the lowest levels and play against all sorts of opponents to level up, but in terms of learning speed to become a great poker player, you have to know that the more high stakes are on the tables where you play, the faster you will learn.
The vast majority of the best online players are starting to play a new version of poker at the highest level. They lose a lot of money at first, but learn much faster because of the higher level of rivals and more competition.
My advice: starting to play at the highest levels you can do without losses that make you feel uncomfortable (always play within the limit where you can lose without the risk that the money invested will affect the rest of your life ) is the best way to learn.
Tournament speed: normal, turbo, hyper turbo, slow ...
The slower, the better for beginners. When it comes to tournaments, the stacks are deeper, and more hands can be played with the same group of players, so you can analyze and learn a lot more.
I think faster tournaments are more useful for learning the range of hands you can enter the game with and ICM, so learning how to play would be a lot better if you watched the tutorial videos than starting out in this type of tournament without really knowing what's going on and without being able to learn a lot from contested hands.
The formats of the tournaments
poker for beginners
Among the types of poker tournaments, Shootout tournaments allow you to learn how to play at small tables (and in face-to-face situations at the end of tournaments), and rebuy can help you gain experience by having stacks of deep chips ( and against opponents with large stacks).
Despite this, in General terms there is nothing better than the usual tournament (without additional names) and the standard. These tournaments usually have more fun and better prizes (relative to investment).
In addition, taking into account the training of the beginner, the best option is a standard tournament in which different hands can be played against opponents without knowing other aspects, such as the redemption period, the possibility of re-entry, added as an exception. players with rewards, etc.
A novice player should always focus on learning the most common and important concepts of a poker tournament and not be misled by other details.
Once you learn how to play, it's time to take into account other tournament options that bring more fun, or find a reason why other tournaments can bring you more economic benefits.
Satellite tournaments for big tournaments
Satellite tournaments are incredible to offer the opportunity to participate in a great tournament and therefore significantly increase (hopefully of course) the budget. Although, since we're talking about novice players, and most importantly, training, I wouldn't recommend this option for them, even knowing that they can be very valuable.
I also believe that it is important for a professional player (in terms of making money) that a satellite does not have an entry fee less than the price of entering tournaments you normally play regularly, as then it would not be the best option for Invest your time and money.