Poker is a game of many different shapes and sizes. Even the most basic poker game is an karat game that has a lot of permutations, especially the casino type poker games. Also, the rules are slightly different for people to play, which cangrade from the house games to ones played for stakes. There is no end in sight for finding the perfect poker game for one’s needs. There are too many books to read to decide what is the best game for you and the ones that are most often played.
House games are not advisable for beginners. They are simply too complicated and the lack of focus canker out the fun fast. For many of us it is just a form of entertainment and perhaps a great way to bring people together. Casino style poker is more focused on skill than luck and this is the perfect game for the poker player that is focused on perfecting their skills and strategies.
The first thing that I recommend is that you read literature on poker, especially books from the “Big Three” poker stars. Stop by the library and read a book on one of the pros and I am sure they would all write books on poker, even if it was self promoting for other players. The pros are almost allurus in the industry and many of them have written several books on how to excel at poker. Reading these books will not only give you a boost in the right direction, but you will also be able to understand how the games are played and develop your own strategies.
There are also many internet articles on the topic that go into great depth on poker strategy and many are written by commentators that have played the game and have some great insight. The game is extremely complicated and a lot of information must be digested to improve your chances of becoming a poker pro yourself.
Read all the books, watch all the videos, participate in online forums, analyze your hands and have a profound think about the game. You will be able to eclipse other opponents and even scrutiny on your own hand can be devastating and costly.
In short, the game is far more complex than it was when I started playing only a few years ago. I believe it is wiser to start early on in the career rather than to try to do too much in the early stages. For me, poker began in my 20’s. I studied and played many tables of poker for the next 3 years and won many small games and a few larger ones. Not until I was in my 40’s that I began to realise success was achievable and that is why I chose not to publicise my success at that time. Many great poker players have gone broke during the early stage of their career and if you let your game diminish at this time you will be setting yourself up for disaster. The game is extremely fun and it will be a lot of fun to play for pay in the future.
In conclusion, it is very important to have a clear list of what skills you learn early in your poker career and what you truly want to achieve. If you remember this list you will have a clear idea of where to begin and where to end up. However, you will also have a clear idea of how much you are prepared to spend and how much you are prepared to lose. Please do not forget that the right time to play poker for pay is when you have completed your education and once you have completed this you will be in a position to make a long uninterrupted run of playing poker for pay.
I wish you luck!