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Discussion in 'Online Poker' started by Kingpin804, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Kingpin804

    Kingpin804 Well-Known Member

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    I'm terrible at Poker. I live a bit from a casino and on a micro budget. I'm looking to get in a lot of practice, but want to play against good competition. I've started play money games on PokerStars, but it's just a shove fest because... hey.. reload.

    I seem to recall an interview with Chris Moneymaker who says higher stakes play money games tend to play like real poker. Anyone have any experience? I'd like to be able to get a lot of hands under my belt.... I'm predicting a repeal of Black Friday in the next few years now that PS was bought out, and I'd like to have skills sharp for when that happens.

    If not, best suggestion on how to get premium experience at a discounted price?
     
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    kplewisvox Well-Known Member

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    That certainly used to be true, but now that chips are available for purchase on Pokerstars, I think that's becoming less and less the case.
     
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  3. chiptalker

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    I tried that many many years ago and it didn't work so I played low stakes real money and that was good. Could you spare a few bucks for like 1 cent 2 cent or something like that. In my opinion that would be better than play money for the reasons already stated.
     
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    They say there isn't a better teacher than experience. Organize your own games. Check online for local poker games. And probably the easiest and by far cheapest way....read, read, read. There is a multitude of excellent poker theory out there on paper. Ask around here on CT for book suggestions or head on down to the library. Two names come to mind when speaking of books: David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth. Both have written many books and any of these are a good start.

    On a side note: the more books you read on poker theory the more unbelievable the play is on low stakes poker either live or online.
     
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    I play PM games quite often, they can be fun as long as you participate in single table only events for a decent amount of pm.
     
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    Play 4 man and 6 man sit n go's, and HU matches. You should be able to win these events at the lower level with relative ease, as the player are not very good, and are oftentimes easily exploitable.
     
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    i played at FT for play money cash and tourneys for maybe a year then went to real money for 18 months until the lights went out on Black Friday and now getting stuck back at play money on P* sucks but being in the USA its the only thing i have online, to backtrack i got my azz kicked immediately going from play money to real money...it will make you stop the shove fest, tilt shove and all the other donkey moves after you need to reload your account a few times....there is a big learning curve there so expect it when it hopefully real money comes back one day . Live play i find too slow but enjoy a few low stake home games but really miss online real money games.

    so fast forward 3 months ago i bought $2M of play money for $10 bucks and started at 500/1000 6 max nlhm cash then kept rolling up because its a fkn joke at the low end, got the bank roll over the $100M+ mark and play 25k/50k 6max nlhm tables now and also try 50k/100k tables if im playing well .....and guess what at those levels you will find an occasional shove fest but usually you will find 5 sharks waiting to pounce on the bingo player to take his chips then carry on when he leaves or stops...up at 50k/100k i play better, i play smarter or i am more attentive to the game....

    rolling up in play stakes get better players and tougher tables so far it appears that way, at least for me, i admit i have alot to learn even after playing over 18,000 small stake real money online hands in the 18 month period, i have learned more as i progress up the play money trail as much as i will be the first to admit it doesnt really mean squat in a sense but you convince yourself to keep playing to keep learning...you can play a hundred or more hands a nite and get a good table if you look around, i think at the upper level you will have most players (most from USA) looking for more than a shove fest, you just need to try a few tables and see, and keep reading as much as you can .....

    its a never ending quest to get better, good luck
     
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