12 important tips for the novice poker player

It is often difficult to find good advice for a player who is just starting to play online poker. In today’s network is just a huge amount of different information on poker, that sometimes players have eyes scattering, not knowing where to start. However, the right start in this game is extremely important. If you develop bad habits in the early stages of your poker career, it will hurt your game and your results in the near future and perhaps even in the distant future. In this way I have collected 12 important tips for a beginner to play poker, which I would like to talk about in this article.

Be selective about the hands you’re playing

For newcomers to poker it is very important to play against the clock. This means that you will mainly have to play good hands. What do I mean by “good hands”? Well, for 6-max and 9-max cache games it will mean approximately the following:

6-max – Top 20% hands.
Full-ring – Top 15% of Hands

Top 20% hands

Top 20% hands


Top 15% hands

Top 15% hands

So, that means 80-85% of all hands you’ll be folding on the preflop. It may sound a little crazy at first, but listen to me.

The reason why I suggest folding so much is because playing with marginal hands will often cause you problems. It can also lead you to situations where you get into a good hand, like a top pair or even a flush, and someone else will have a better kicker or flush older.

So, the advice for the #1 beginner is to play the game in a relatively secret way. This means to fool most of the hands you give up.

Play your hands aggressively

So, what about the hands you decide to play? They need to be played aggressively. That means that in most cases you have to go into sweat. And if you are the first player in sweat, you should always go into it with a razzle.

I would recommend you in the majority of online cache games Oupen raze size of 3 large blinds. In live games you can sometimes open up a little bit more.

The reason why we should try to play our hands aggressively is that in most cases this will give us control over the bank and the whole distribution process.

On postflop, it’s much easier to win sweat as a preflop raiser than a colleague.

Play against the bad players.

One of the most important keys to your success in poker is that you should try to play at tables where most people will play worse than you. These tables are called “sweet”.

Players at these tables will play far more than 20% of their hands. In addition, most of them will play passively, for example, entering the sweat limps.

In poker, you will do most of your profit against bad players, as they will make bigger mistakes than others.
It will be much harder for you to have a big profit from the regulators, which will play secretly and aggressively.

It is therefore essential that you make sure that there are bad players at your table (or at least players worse than you).

Do not bluff too often.

The key to success in the game against bad or weak opponents is not to bluff too often in them. The fact is that this kind of players like to collide a lot with weak hands.

If you’ve raided on the preflop, it’s okay to put a double bet on most flops. But if you get stabbed, it’s important to be able to keep your horses on the thorn and the river without your hand.

A lot of players spend a lot of money in vain trying to get rid of the phone. It’s important to be able to discipline yourself and find the strength to just check and cheat without a hand against this type of opponent.

Well-to-bet more often


The coolest thing about poker is that for every action there’s a resistance. If weak players collide with us more often than they should, it means that we can well beat them on a wider range of hands.

For example, players who are capable of colliding with weak hands such as the lower pair or A-hai, we can often have a Well-Bet even with mid-teams.

This will be a huge source of profit for you and that is why you should try to play against bad players. They will play too many hands and will be easily paid to you.

Play the bankroll

The next and no less important tip for a novice poker player is to play bankroll. What is bankroll, you ask me? It is the total amount of money you hold in reserve for a poker game.

So if you play online poker, you can see your bankroll by simply clicking on the “Cass” button in the poker room lobby. If you play poker live, then you must have the amount of money specifically allocated for the game as your bankroll.

I usually recommend that you have a minimum of 40 buy-ins of your working limit. This means that if you play NL10, you should have at least $400 in your bankroll.

The reason why you need so much money is because by nature, you will have a lot of ups and downs in poker. The technical term for this case is “dispersion“. Sometimes you will win or lose 5 BIs in one session. And if you only have 5 BIs in your bankroll, you are potentially at risk of going completely broke in one session!

Make sure you know the power of poker combinations.

If you are a complete beginner in poker, it is very important that you know the rules well. It means that you know “which hand hits which hand“.

You should know, for example, that the flush beats the page and the full house beats both. You just have to learn that by heart.

There is a huge amount of free information on the Internet about poker rules, so you should not have any trouble.

Another tip, if you plan to start playing online poker, then start with the game “wrappers” (conditional money). All poker rooms offer their players tables where you can play for free.

This is a great way to get used to the game and learn all its rules. However, you will not be able to win anything here. So as soon as you get used to the game and get used to it, you can start playing for real money.

Do not get too attached to your firewood.

The big mistake that newcomers often make is that they try to sneak their darts too often. Here it is important to know a bit of poker math and in particular your sweat odds (bank odds).

In short, you should not collide with firewood if your chances of getting a better hand are worse than your pot odds.

Don’t go straight to high limits.

Another great key to success for beginners is to play on limits, where you feel comfortable and confident. If you have never played poker before, I would recommend that you just start with the lowest limits.

Usually the lowest limit in online poker is NL2. The maximum buy-in here is $2, and the blinds are 1/2 cent.

Starting at the bottom, you will reduce the cost of the consequences of your mistakes, which you will surely have as with any beginner player.

Do not play too many tables at once.


Another important tip for a beginner in online poker is to avoid playing at too many tables at the same time. In online poker, you can actually open as many tables as you want. And yes, this will allow you to multiply your winnings.

However, each additional table will weaken your concentration more and more, which can lead you to more mistakes.

So I would recommend you start with one table. If you feel comfortable, add a second table, and so on.

Try to play in positions

If you want to succeed in poker, it is very important to try to play positions as often as possible. If you are the last one to act on the post-flop, you will have a lot more options to play and you will show more profit on the course.

When you are in position, you will be able to see your opponent’s action before you take yours. This valuable information will allow you to dictate the course of the handoff, make additional Welsh betas and bluff more successfully.

On the contrary, your opponent will have to guess what you will do every time.

Thus, you should always try to play more hands from late positions, especially from Button. On Buttonton you will always be in position, and so your opponent will simply have to make their decisions in front of yours on every street.

Use tracking software (HUD)

Using HUD to win in online poker is not necessary, however, it will certainly help you make much more accurate decisions. So, if you are serious about earning poker, you should at least try to play with HUD.

Poker Tracking Software, roughly speaking, reads the information from the played handouts, recycles it and gives it back to you through HUD in the form of various statistical indicators, already suitable for use. By analyzing these indicators, you can choose for yourself the most advantageous lines of the drawing.

This is especially relevant and important in the fast-paced world of multi table online poker, when you often just physically do not have time to follow all your opponents. Using these programs will also help you find bad players faster, which, as you already know, is especially important in this game.

Enjoy the game!

Yes I know, I said there will be 12 tips. However, this advice is too important not to include it in our list! The idea is that you should always try to have fun and enjoy this game.

Poker is an exciting and versatile game, with many different formats from cache games to tournaments and CIs. It is very important that you choose the right format for yourself, the one that suits you best. And what is even more important is that you choose the format from which you will get more joy and fun.

The reason is that poker is a crazy game with lots of ups and downs. Sometimes you will just ride for joy. And sometimes you will be in total despair crying in your pillow from your bad luck.

However, in the long run to keep you afloat, in addition to a strong plus strategy, should also be your love of this game.

Concluding thoughts

I hope that this list of tips will be useful for every player who starts his poker journey. Many of these tips can be very primitive and obvious to you, but believe me, for a beginner poker player, each of them is essential so that he can start his career with the right foot and in the right direction.

Make sure that you play Thai aggressively against weak players. Don’t bluff them too often, but make sure you play the best you can. Play the bankroll and enjoy the game!