How to Get Good Enough at Poker to Profit Consistently

You know it, I know it, and the American people know it: One way to win at gambling that almost anyone can pull off is to get good enough at poker that you have a positive ROI (return on investment).

But if you’re new to poker, how do you get from point A to point B?  You already know that you need to have a certain amount of skill to pull this off.

This post answers the question of how to get that skill and how you can get better at poker to start earning money more consistently.

1. Read a Book About the Basics on How to Play Poker

Before you can proceed to the strategy stuff, you need to learn the basics of how to play poker. The best way to do that is to read one of the many good books on getting started at poker. Poker for Dummies by Lou Krieger is as good a place to start as any.

You could also find tutorials on websites like ours that cover the basics. You probably know better than I which method of reading and studying works better for you. If you’re younger, reading how to play poker on the internet might be more comfortable. Older guys like me often prefer reading books on playing poker.

2. Start Playing for Play Money on the Internet

The next step in learning how to be good enough at poker to profit is to start playing in some of the free-to-play games on the internet. Every legitimate poker cardroom slot online that I know of offers games for play money. Here you can play it: They’re the equivalent of points or bragging rights. They have no monetary value.

You don’t have to make a deposit or anything to get this play money. These sites usually award you with a specific number of chips to start with. They all have various methodologies for reloading your play money accounts.

You won’t get much experience that translates to what you should do strategy-wise at real money poker tables. Because there’s nothing of real value at SBOBET Terpecaya at a play money table, strategies change, sometimes dramatically.

Here’s an example: You have a reasonably good but not great hand that you want to bet and raise with. You figure that between your odds of drawing to a better hand and the odds that your opponent will fold, it’s the right play.

But in a play money game, where the chips don’t have any value, you’re more likely to get called than you would if real money were on the line.

The goal for participating in the play money games is to learn how the action and order of betting works. Mistakes you make with the basics of the game can cost you big money in actual play. So, you should become familiar enough with the fundamentals that they’re no longer a problem.

3. Read a Good Book About Poker Strategy

While it’s true that specific poker games have specific strategies, some strategy applies to all kinds of poker games. That’s why I suggest you start with David Sklansky’s The Theory of Poker. He uses specific examples from multiple poker variations to illustrate general strategic principles that apply to all poker games.

The most important thing Sklansky shares in The Theory of Poker is his Fundamental Theorem of Poker

You need to read more than The Theory of Poker, though. I also suggest reading a good book on playing Texas holdem, since that’s the game most people play these days. Small Stakes Holdem: Winning Big with Expert Play by Ed Miller is as good a source for this as any I can think of.

4. Start With Tight Aggressive Play

Playing style has a lot to do with how well you perform at the table. Most experts agree that a tight aggressive approach is correct, especially if you’re just starting out.

You can categorize poker players along two different scales. The first has to do with how passive or aggressive that player is. This is a player’s aggression level.

A player who checks and calls a lot is considered passive. He lets the other players lead the action. A player who bets and raises a lot is considered aggressive. He’s always leading the action.


Aggressive players tend to make more money at the poker table. They’re getting more money into the pot when they have the best of it. They’re also forcing the other players at the table to make hard decisions (and potentially make mistakes).

Poker players can also be categorized by how selective they are about which hands they’re willing to play. Players who play a lot of hands are called loose, while players who only play a limited selection of hands are called tight players.

Your goal is to be tight aggressive, except in a few specific scenarios. But that’s not all.

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