Top 9 Online Texas Hold Em Poker Tips for Beginners

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Texas Hold’em, often called the Cadillac of Poker, is growing in popularity with people from all around the world playing daily.

In 2017, it was heavily advertised on TV ads, radio podcasts, online banners, and social media platforms, making it no exaggeration to say that poker is everywhere.

It doesn’t take much to start a game and play against opponents from all around the world. There are absolutely no boundaries when it comes to age (of course you have to be 18 or 21+), gender, nationality, religion, social status, education, and so on. This easy access makes poker so popular and attracts many to the online poker world.

As with any game or sport (poker is considered to have elements from both), people prefer winning right? However, with such fierce competition, this is not an easy thing to do. That’s why the team behind Ultimate Poker Coaching would like to share with you 7 powerful poker tips for players just starting with the game that will make your first online poker journey more enjoyable.

As with any new endeavor, it takes time to get some experience and sharpen your skills to beat the competition. Unlike pure luck games such as roulette and slot machines, poker is a game of skill! Yes, there is some luck involved, but primarily in the short term.

In the long run, the player who understands the main principles, knows the odds, and factors in other considerations will come out on top.

So, without further ado, here is our top 9 list with poker tips for beginners:

#1 Learn the Rules of Poker

Kind of obvious right? However, many people ignore this simple advice and dive straight into the deep end. It would be unforgivable with all the resources available online not to spend a few minutes (yeah, that’s all it takes) to learn the main rules of the game. Here are a few good places you can look to start your initial education:

#2 Start with Play Money Games

Another crucial piece of advice that will save you both disappointment and money. Even if you are a more adventurous type, we strongly recommend practicing first at tables where no real money is involved, also known as play money tables. This is the best way to gain experience, get used to the poker client, the software, the players, and other factors that are part of the online poker experience.

There are different options when it comes to playing money games. Here we will list just a few of the most popular ones:

  • Party Poker
  • Poker Stars
  • Replay Poker
  • 888 Poker

#3 Practice with Freerolls

Once you’ve gained some experience on play money tables you can take a step further and try freerolls. These are poker tournaments where you don’t invest a single penny, but you can win real money to boost your bankroll. Isn’t this a great bargain? There is no risk involved, but you can end up with some real cash in your bankroll.

Many of today’s best poker players in the world (who earn literally millions from the game) started with freerolls. So, beginning your online poker journey with these tournaments is a must.

Another great thing about freerolls is that almost all of the most popular poker clients allow you to take part in different types of freerolls that run on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Some of the most popular choices are:

#4 Start at Low Stakes

Once you’ve gained some experience with freerolls, you may feel ready to take your game to the next level. Playing with real money is definitely a thrilling experience that will get your adrenaline pumping, especially the first few times.

However, if you are not well-prepared or you’ve switched your gambling mood on, this could turn into a costly reality.

So, start with the lowest limits possible, even if you can afford to play higher or don’t mind losing your money. Most poker clients offer cheap limits such as $0.01-$0.02 for cash games and $0.10 and even lower for tournaments and SNGs.

Gain some practice, observe what other players do at this stake, and when you feel you are starting to gain an edge over the competition, you can move up to the next level. Remember that bankroll management is crucial in poker (and many other fields such as sports betting, trading, and more) if you want to build a nice bankroll and develop your skills.

There are numerous studies and books about bankroll management (BRM) that explain in detail how not to lose your bankroll, when to move up the limits, when to go down, and so on.

#5 Incorporate the TAG (Tight-Aggressive) Style into Your Game

Maybe you’ve tried different poker strategies while playing with play money or in freerolls, but now it’s time to incorporate the style that will make you a winning player. A huge percentage of the best poker players in the world use this style to crush their opponents.

This combination of playing tight but aggressively means limiting the starting hands you play (play only strong holdings such as QQ, KK, AA, AK, AQ), but when you do play them, make sure it’s aggressive. By aggressive I mean not to limp or just call raises but to raise and re-raise with them.

Of course, as with any poker rule and tip, there are exceptions, and everything depends on the specific situation, but in general, avoid playing such hands passively.

For example, the strongest starting hand in Texas Hold’em poker is AA. However, after the flop, turn, and river, the situation can change dramatically. The hand is best played against one or a maximum of two players.

The more opponents you face after the flop, the more likely someone will crush your Aces. That’s why when you get this premium holding, avoid limping or raising too small, but bet heavily (usually 3-4 times the big blind) to limit the number of opponents you play against. For additional information on betting, you can check out HTPPI’s wonderful resource about the basics of preflop and post-flop betting.

By limping or just calling a raise, there is a high chance that a few more players will stick around pre-flop, and after the flop, you can lose to some very weak hands that got lucky. By raising, you increase the chance of getting rid of players with weak hands.

Of course, avoid the extreme situation of betting too much, as you risk folding everyone and getting no action from such a strong hand.

For more on how to play aggressive poker check these tips from the How To Play Poker Info website and especially tip #19. All the tips from this guide are very well-structured and useful, so check them all!

#6 Be Aware of the Position

Another powerful Texas Hold ’em tip is to understand and play in position. Ask any poker specialist and 100/100 will confirm the importance of position in poker. Some will say that position is crucial for poker, like having legs is important for playing football. It’s like walking through a cave without any lights or directions.

On the other hand, playing in position gives you the chance to set the pace of the game, making it easier to make decisions and know what’s going on in the hand.

Playing in position means you are the last player to act. The great benefit is that this allows you to see everyone’s actions before it comes to you, giving you valuable info on how to proceed with your hand.

For example, if three players are in the hand and after the flop, the first two players check, and the action comes to you, you know your opponents didn’t prefer to bet. Most of the time, this means they didn’t hit the flop, and you could possibly win the hand by betting.

Of course, sometimes players will check with strong hands to trap you, but this will not happen too often.

#7 Don’t Make Quick Decisions

Among the various poker tips, this one is also important. Many new players can’t resist playing fast to see the next card or if they win. It’s understandable at first, but as you gain more experience, you should invest time in the decision-making process, especially when playing for real money and facing tougher competition.

It’s perfectly understandable to act this way in the beginning but when you start gaining some more experience you’d better invest your time in the decision-making process. This is true, especially when playing for real money and you start facing tougher competition.

There are many factors that play a role in a single poker hand. Your time may be limited when you play online (and live), but you have enough time to consider key aspects of the hand and make the right decision.

For example, when facing a bet on the river, a strong player will consider the board texture (are there any flushes, straights, or full houses possible), the opponent’s style (aggressive or passive), and the strength of your holding (if you hold KK on KK257 board, your only concern will be how much to raise your opponent), among other factors.

When you are just starting, it’s tough to think of all these factors, but try to pay attention, and over time you will get used to it.

#8 Don’t Bluff Too Much

Ah, bluffing! Many players describe it as the essence of poker. The great thing about the game is that even if you hold the weakest card possible, you can still take the pot. Unlike chess, where whoever has the better position on the board wins, in poker, you can pretend to be very strong. It is simply an act of deception that tries to make your weak holding look stronger.

However, thanks to Hollywood’s dramatic scenes involving bluffing, most people seem to believe that huge bluffs can be executed in every possible situation. In reality, the situation is different, especially when it comes to poker at very low levels.

For example, in a play money tournament or in freerolls, people come with the sole purpose of playing as much poker as possible and rarely fold.

If you ask any poker expert how to properly execute a bluff, he will tell you that it’s very important to know who you are playing against. There is a certain type of player who just doesn’t like folding. No matter what cards hit the board and how big you bet, they will just pay you off. These types of players often will tell you afterward:
“I know you had it, but just had to make sure you not bluffing me!”

or:

“I know you were beating me, but I was curious what you had”

So, reduce bluffing to a minimum, especially when starting with the game and playing lower stakes (free tournaments, $0.01-$10 buy-in tournaments, $0.01-$0.02; $0.05-$0.10 cash games). It will be much more profitable to bet your strong hands and get maximum value from them.

#9 Learn to Fold

One of the most common mistakes new players make is that they don’t like folding. No matter what they hold or what the board is, they just don’t trust their opponents and want to see their cards. This is one of the most costly mistakes in poker and will ruin any player’s bankroll in the long run.

I know that the temptation to see what the next card on the board will be and what the player you are playing against holds is huge, but it is important to resist it and learn to fold more often.

BONUS Poker Tip: Pay Attention to Your Opponents

While playing online Texas Hold Em, most players concentrate entirely on their own hands. It is important to be aware of your holding, no doubt about that. However, it is equally important to pay attention to the players at your table, especially the ones that get involved in a hand with you.

So, you need to watch them closely. Are they passive or active? Do they like to always see the last card, no matter how much you bet? Are they scared to play large pots out of position? Are they scared to continue after the flop when big cards show up?

Conclusion

Now, after reading all these handy poker tips, you are armed with some powerful insights that will make your first journey into the online poker world more enjoyable and profitable. Learn to follow them, and with some experience, you will start to crush the competition with these basic poker strategies..

And remember, Texas Hold Em rules are really easy to learn and understand, but mastering the game requires constant learning and education. Here is another great resource by one of the most recognizable names in the poker coaching industry, Jonathan Little, on winning poker strategies for beginners.

These days, there are plenty of resources like YouTube videos, poker coaching websites, forums, and articles. As long as you have the time and desire, you can turn into a strong player earning good money from the game.

Ognian Mikov

CEO of Ultimate Poker Coaching

I have nurtured a deep love for poker for over two decades and took my first significant steps in the game during the summer of 2010. Since then, I’ve played millions of hands both online and live.

Poker has remained a significant passion of mine, and I’ve committed a substantial amount of time to enhancing my skills, teaching others to play, writing about it, and managing this poker coaching platform.

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