10-14-07, LearnTexasHoldem:

Practice Texas Hold'em Online

The advent of Internet poker has probably contributed to making Texas hold'em the most popular game in the world. If you want to become a master of Texas hold'em, booking as many winning sessions as you can, you're going to have to practice. A great way to practice Texas hold'em is online.

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Why Practice Texas Hold'em?

Any pro, from "The Godfather of Poker" Doyle Brunson all down, will tell you his greatest asset is experience. The more hands you play, the more you learn. Everything Doyle learned he learned from hard-earned experience. Some of these lessons are written down in books for you to study, but you wouldn't expect to become a concert violinist or a professional basketball player just by reading books on the subject. To do anything truly well, you've got to get in there and get your hands dirty.

Why Practice Texas Hold'em Online?

You have a huge advantage over players like Doyle and his contemporaries. They had to gather their experience by "riding the white line," following the road to any game they could find. They had to worry about being robbed or arrested, which probably created a distraction from the learning process. You, on the other hand, don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to gain Texas hold'em experience. Playing in a live casino can be a bit intimidating. You may worry that other players will mock your inexperience, or that you will slow down the game because of your lack of technical knowledge. When practicing online, these are not concerns. Even if you make a mistake, no one will know it was you; all they see is an icon on a screen.

How to Practice Texas Hold'em Online?

All online poker sites offer play money sections where you can free online Texas Holdem. This will help you get a feel for the rhythm of the game and get you into the habit of being ready to act on your turn, sizing out bets, and analyzing your opponents. It will probably not improve your poker skills considerably. Since there is no real money on the line, people tend to play in a haphazard fashion that bears little resemblance to actual play. When you're ready to improve, you'll need to play a real money game. Fortunately, many sites offer extremely low stakes, down to microlimits with blinds of only a few cents. You may be surprised to find how stark a difference there is between play money and real money games, even if the real money comes down to pennies. When you feel comfortable playing at a certain limit, you may consider moving up to higher stakes. Before you know it, you'll be holdin' em and foldin' em with the best of 'em.

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