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is a lively debate on the internet as to whether there
is any actual real benefit to playing free games of poker,
in terms of learning to play poker well.
This article will cover both sides of the free poker or
not free poker argument and give a final analysis on what
Advantages of playing free poker:
You get to learn about the mechanics of the game. For
example you will learn when to raise, fold, bet, how hands
are ranked, etc.
2. You get to learn patience! If you have read any of
my articles before then you will know how I think this
is one of the KEYS TO POKER!
3. You get to assess your skill level. If you are trying
to establish yourself as a good player and want to go
up in the stakes, then everyone knows that you go up from
one stake to the next i.e. 5/10c, 10/20c, 25/50c, $1/2
and so on. The higher stakes you go, the tougher the competition
gets. So why would you NOT start at stakes where you lose
4. You do not have to worry about losing all your hard
earned cash. This creates for you to have a more relaxed
attitude when you play poker. You should always play within
your limits, so that you can keep a clear head and so
that when you lose a big pot you won't get too flustered
and go on tilt.
Disadvantages of playing free poker:
You cannot properly assess what style people are playing.
Most people that are playing free poker will play incredibly
loose as they don't mind losing. They can just reload
and go all-in again. So when you go to play for real it
will feel a lot harder to win a big pot.
2. You are 'wasting' time by not winning real money.
3. There is no real good way to tell if you are winning
because your game is good, or if you are getting lucky.
As soon as you sit down on any kind of real money table,
you will very quickly be able to tell if you are winning
due to luck or due to your skill.
you can see there are good arguments on both sides of
the debate. People say that if you want to learn to play
real poker then you have to play for real cash, not play
money. I would say that this simply isn't the case! Considering
people are so loose on the play money tables then you
should be making a 'profit' very easily. If you cannot
win on those tables, consistently, then don't even bother
progressing onto the paid tables.
is how I started. I especially liked to the free multi-table
tournaments. It was great training and by the end of it
I was able to get into the top10 of most freerolls I entered.
I was doing great! [Then I progressed onto the money tables,
yes it is harder but if I hadn't had the experience from
playing for free, then I would have lost a lot so quick.
play on the free tables, focus and win. You weren't unlucky
buddy - you just misplayed it! Enjoy it, have fun!
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