Two years can be a long time, but most people would agree that it’s a pretty short time in which to earn over $1 million dollars playing online poker. That’s exactly what a young British pro has done, making a fortune since he took up the game in 2010.
Of course, we can’t all be that good, but we can learn from his approach to the game. First of all, nearly all of that money was made online through companies like SkyPoker who offer free poker games to help beginner’s get started as well as the big money tables where the professionals make the big profits.
The next thing was too study hard and learn the game inside out. Being a good poker player can be natural skill, but even that natural skill requires supporting and being a good note taker is pretty essential. Note down everything you notice, look for mistakes that you’ve made, for the way that people act in a certain situation. Then re-read your notes and try to store as much of that information as possible, if you can, watch hands back over the internet.
All of this might seem like a bit over the top for someone starting out, but if you want to get good at poker quickly, it’s the only way to go, and you can start in the free games. Of course, with free games, it’s important to remember that people bet and act strangely, but whilst this might not be representative of a real game-playing environment, it can be representative of when players at all level go on ’tilt’ and start doing things that they really shouldn’t.
You should also make sure that you make the most of online resources, or peruse the shelves at an online bookseller like Amazon. There’s a lot of information out there for budding poker players, and a lot of good advice, as well as the bad stuff. Starting with a book is a good idea because they’ve often been reviewed by other people, so you know whether the information that you’re getting is worth paying a few quid for or not.
It can also be worth looking into some of the schemes out there where groups will bankroll you in return for your time and effort to become a seriously good player. This is only for people who are really convinced that they want to be good at poker, and is probably the fastest way to do it, although the pressure of playing for other people can be a lot for a newcomer to take.
Most of all, as the professionals say, only gamble what you can afford to lose and then walkaway, self-control is the difference between the very best poker players and those who are simply very good.