Choosing where to play and what limits to play

Once you understand what the goals you have for poker outlined you will need to begin understanding where to play and begin to build your knowledge. You obviously have basic knowledge of the game and will have a preference for the type of poker game you prefer. That is important but knowing which game is better suited to your level of play and that will help you achieve the goals you set for yourself is equally important.

One of your first goals will to make money and be a profitable player. Playing the right game is critical in being able to achieve that. There is some poker games that are better suited for this than others. While the possibility of you having to learn a new version will mean a learning curve and time invested to understand how to play the version best it still could be better for you as a player long term so be sure to do your homework. This can include no limit hold em, limit hold em or Omaha hi/lo for example. If at this stage you have limited skills then ideally you play each style of poker to find out which one you perform better at.

After you have determined the game best suited for you will need to decide what stakes you are willing to play at. This is something that is important as it is partly related to the size of your bankroll and the skills you have managed to gain. Each limit has different skills that are required as those you are playing against will have different skills and therefore, often, need to adjust your play to that over smaller limit table for example.stack of poker chips

Bankroll management is critical as you play and you should plan on applying the following principals on managing it.

1) Determine your style of play:

You may be a passive player, wild player or one that is aggressive. If you are passive then a smaller bankroll is fine but if you are aggressive then a larger bankroll will be needed in order to cover you so that you do not go bust.

2) Determine table limits:

The higher the limit the larger the bankroll that will be needed due to wagering that will be experienced.

3) Manage your bankroll:

You can increase the limits you are playing but maintaining it enough so that you are in position to go down a level in order to rebuild should you be on the losing end of a few larger hands.

4) How many tables to play at one time:

Decide how many tables you wish to play at one time or combination of games whether that is a ring game and a tournament at the same time. Remember, the more tables you play at one time that there is an increase for mistakes.

Once you have done this you then need to decide which online poker room is best for you. What determines that is the type of games they offer, the table limits, the amount and frequency of tournaments that are offered, bonuses being awarded for initial deposits, rakeback options, multi-tabling and more.