Newcomer Intro

So, new to the game of poker and, in particular, its online variety? Well, you're in luck - below, the team at Pokermaster has provided a '10 Commandments' style introduction that will provide any beginner a quick and easy introduction to exciting world of poker. Give it a look and then move on to other areas of our site for more in-depth information on a wide variety of poker-related topics.

I. Stick to Limit Games instead of No Limit. Even though the biggest poker tournaments these days are Texas Hold'em No Limit games, starting out, you should stick to Limit setups. Playing stakes where the betting is limited will most likely cost you less. Focus on smaller limit games in the beginning.

II. Try to minimize your losses during the early learning stages. Once you feel confident at the lower stakes games, only THEN should you consider moving up to higher stakes tables. The same applies for tournament play: no need to make expensive buy-ins - start instead at levels that you can afford. And always keep in mind one the golden rules: losing is part of the game.

III. Observe better, more experienced players. Before joining a table, check out the way the players there handle the game; how they place their bets and which hands they choose to play and which they choose to drop. Also, don’t forget the educational benefits of watching televised poker competitions. But remember of course, you'll always learn far more by playing as much as you can on your own.

IV. Ask experts if you have a question. Never hesitate to get information from someone else when you're unfamiliar with rules, poker hand ranks, etc. Everyone started out at some point with little to no knowledge of the game - take advantage of others’ expertise to help yourself advance.

V. Remain patient. Don’t think you must play every single hand. Bad cards only lead to bad results. Wait for the good cards and the good hands and then act as if you own the game.

VI.
Focus on smaller tournaments. Player at such events, whether they feed into larger cash tournaments or some of the prestigious land-based tournaments around the globe, is a good return for a small outlay. Getting into freerolls is also a good way to gain experience.

VII. Stay calm when you lose. Learning takes time - improve bit by bit until you're able to win. It may sound like a cliché but, ‘success doesn't come overnight’. In poker, losing is part of the game, so be patient for the next deal.

VIII. Have fun! Don't take playing poker too seriously. It’s supposed to be enjoyable - not risky!

IX. Understand and approach one game at a time. The best game for beginners is Texas Hold'em,, which is cool, because it’s also the most popular. Once you reach a certain level of expertise at Texas Hold’em, then you can consider playing other poker variations like Omaha.

X. Anyone can win. Remember that the biggest tournaments are sometimes even won by amateur players. Maybe you'll win the next World Series of Poker! Keep on playing at the smaller stakes games and in the small satellites and slowly, but surely, try to advance to the top. Who knows, perhaps you could indeed be the next Chris Moneymaker.