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The digital age has ushered in a renaissance of sort in poker playing. Online poker has become a terrific platform for the game and is easily played by anyone who has access to the Web. Since 2003, the online poker boom continues to grow with the emergence of scores of poker rooms enabling players from across the globe to compete and win. This growth has enhanced the interest in the game for existing players as well as introduced new ones to the fun and rewards of the game. 

At the same time, new players, especially, should know that to master the game requires a great deal of practice and time. Poker legends such as Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson put in countless hours of practice over decades to refine their skills. Subsequently, new players should seek as many avenues possible to practice and improve for free. Online platforms are ideal for novice players to develop their skills while not having to invest any money.

When selecting a site to build your poker skills, consider the benefits the site offers in terms of learning tools, tournament options and player traffic. All of these factors will contribute to how well you develop as a player over time. You may elect to try a few sites at once to see which best suits your needs and helps you grow.

Upon selecting a site, you will need to identify the game of poker that you have the greatest capacity to succeed. Among the dozens of versions of the game, Texas Hold’em poker is the most popular today, and is the game played in the most competitive tournaments worldwide. The game can be quite challenging given the swings in fortune as well as how the luck factor in the game has been usurped greatly by mathematics. 

Nevertheless, Texas Hold’em is found in every online poker room as well as in several online casinos. Other variants of poker you may elect to try at first, as you find your niche in play, is Stud, HORSE, Omaha and Razz. These forms can be quite lucrative as well down the road, should you master them. 

Novice players should keep in mind that to succeed as a long-term player of poker online, it is not enough to simply know the rules of the game. In other words, poker is more of a science than merely a game. If you don’t understand fully the mathematics, strategies and, perhaps, most importantly the psychology of your opponents and yourself, you will lack the full set of skills to thrive. This is why it is important to start playing for no money at first so that you begin to develop these capacities gradually.

Most often those new players that start to play for real money with little preparation end up frustrated and with a big hole in their pocket. It takes time to master the nuances of the game, including bluffing, when to fold and how to increase your odds on big bets. Thus, most online poker sites feature instructional schools where inexperienced players can develop their chops gradually for free. Investing the time to learn the game can be the difference in whether you become a long-term successful poker player.

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