Online Texas Hold 'Em: Getting Started

There are a number of differences between traditional poker games and those played online. The pace, the stakes, and the strategies used for online Texas Hold 'Em, for example, set the online casino version apart from the live game. What follows are some tips for how you can get off to a good start when playing the online version.

Choose Your Game Wisely

If you are new to online poker--or to poker in general--the online game that you choose can be the difference between a big win and a big loss. Before you select a table, you'll want to do a bit of research on the players in the online casino you've entered. Make sure to choose a table of players who operate on a level similar to or lower than you, so you don't get in over your head right away.

Practice Tables

To get a feel for the way online Texas Hold 'Em works, you might consider sitting down at what is called a "play money" table soon after you first join an online casino or purchase online poker software. These tables are like the Monopoly of online poker, and are low-risk since they just use chips instead of real money.

Choosing an online casino that offers playing points and a variety of bonuses can also give you a leg up when you sit down to a game of Texas Hold 'Em. The most reputable online casinos also boast a variety of tournaments, so choose the style that plays up your strengths.

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