STRATEGY

10 Golden Rules for Beginner Poker Players

Being a new player in the world of online poker can seem daunting at first. With these golden rules for beginner poker players, you’ll soon be on your way. Knowing your flushes from your straights, bets from your raises, and more!

There are now many modern variants of poker played worldwide in person and online. The most common variant of poker is known as Texas Hold’em; in which up to 10 but most commonly 9 or 6 players vie to win money in a game of skill and chance. This guide shall be looking at the ten golden rules of Texas Hold’em to help you progress from poker newbie to holding your own.

Rules for Beginner Poker Players

10 Golden Rules for Beginner Poker Players

Pick a format and stick with it!

A jack of all trades is a master of none. When you first start out, you will notice the dazzling array of Cash Games, Tournaments, Sit and goes and SnG’s. Each format will have its own unique skill set and learning curve. In order to improve you should focus on one in particular.
Playing the occasional Sit and Go or Tournament while mainly playing Cash games is fine, however, try to make sure the majority of your time is spent playing just one format.

Study Poker

Read a poker book, join a poker forum or subscribe to a poker training sites free material. Sites are giving away free content to improve your poker and increase how much you can make per hour. Use this opportunity to develop and learn strategies for free. Why pay to learn from your mistakes, when you can learn from others or discuss for free.

Start low

When you first start playing poker and understand how the betting works and how the hand plays out, you may want first to play at lower stakes until you have a grasp of how the game works. I recommend starting at $10nl Hold’em tables until you are comfortable enough to play with the more established players.

Don’t be a Bad Beat

By the time you are ready to read this point, you may have already heard of the term ‘Bad Beat’. Loosely this means that your hand got beaten by a hand that seemed inferior, and you ended up losing.

Frustrated Poker Player

Poker is a game of skill and luck. Unfortunately, this means that worse player can occasionally win. Thankfully this also makes them keep coming back because they won’t always lose to a better player. If you find yourself losing a hand that is a Bad Beat, remember to stay calm. Don’t harass the other player for winnin. This will only cause the worse players to leave and you don’t want that! If you find yourself too angry to play poker well, leave the table. Stand up, go for a jog, take the dog for a walk, have a bath. Anything to make you happy again. Happy poker is the most profitable poker.

Don’t play too many hands

Most winning players at poker actually play surprisingly few hands. The average percentage of hands seen by profitable players from pre-flop is between 14%(A tight player) and 35% (Probably a more loose aggressive player). If you find yourself playing too many hands from too many positions, you’ll be losing money quickly. It is important also to note that you can, and should play many more hands pre-flop later on. E.G. on the button than from under the gun. Having position allows you to gain more information each round before you have to make your decisions, as previous players will already have acted.

Don’t lose concentration

If you want to take poker more seriously, or at least not lose too much, you should concentrate on the act of playing poker. This means perhaps not watching that block-buster movie you’ve been wanting to watch at the same time as trying to play a table of poker. The best poker you will play is when you are fully concentrating on it!

Choese your Table

Select which Tables you sit on, some tables will have worse players than other tables, you can maximise how much you can make by sitting on tables with weaker players instead of sitting on the one with 8 good players. Don’t feel bad about leaving a table if the players are too tricky for you to deal with, see it as an opportunity to find a more profitable one.

Watch your Opponents

Think about who you are playing; most online poker sites allow you to take notes on the players, so you can notice how likely they are to be bluffing how aggressive they are or whether they are tight enough you can steal from them pre-flop.

Mysterious Poker Player

Do not bluff too frequently.

Though you might have seen a big name player on T.V the one time bet all his chips on the river, with a missed gut shot and seven high, it doesn’t mean that you should try to win every pot you play – some hands can’t be won. Once you get more skilled at playing poker, you will be able to find the correct spot where you can work out what the opponent is likely to have hand ranking wise, and will be able to bluff when the opponent is unable to call.

Have a bankroll to play poker games

Most poker professionals will tell you that you need more than 1 buy in for the likelihood of losing your money to be low, as a casual player look to have 20 buy-ins in your poker account at least. So if you follow these rules and try out $10nl, you ought to deposit $200 to have some safety to counter the luck encountered in the game. Though no amount of money will make a losing player win, even Phil Ivey will eventually go broke if he didn’t have enough money to handle the swings of playing online poker available in his poker account.

Golden Poker Rules Conclusion

Now that you have read the 10 Golden Rules for Beginner Poker Players you are ready to choose a site to play on. We’d recommend trying out PokerStars (you can read their review here), or browse around on our site to find an alternative for yourself.


Greg has been playing poker for the last 7 years, you can currently find him on Cash Game tables from £20nl-£100nl under the username BarrattG1. He currently writes poker articles and does coaching of micro stakes Mtt and Cash players. He uses a generally sound mathematical approach to odds and poker and uses this in conjunction with meta-game to create spots to profit from.


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