The opportunity to win enough money at poker for a comfortable existence attracts many. And this is possible – if you choose the right poker discipline for you and constantly deepen your knowledge, getting the most out of it at the table.
The importance of choosing the most comfortable and understandable type of poker for the player can hardly be overestimated: only the lucky ones get a lot of money at once in one or two tournaments, while the majority of poker players grind for years, going out to earn good money by constantly working on the game
How do you know which type of poker is right for you?
To do this, you need to study a little theory. Poker is the collective name for several card games in which players place their bets consistently and try to make the best combination. In games of this type, players fight for the bank formed from their bets, which is received either by the owner of the best combination when showing and comparing hands, or by the one whose bets forced the opponents to abandon further struggle and fold their cards before the showdown.
Poker is a game with incomplete information – players here do not see the opponents’ cards and the remaining deck, therefore, when making decisions, they rely only on information about their hand, community cards on the table and patterns in the behavior of other players.
Unlike games with complete information, such as chess and checkers, when playing poker you need to be able to analyze and predict not only the opponent’s possible actions, but also his hand, the player’s decisions often depend on the strength, playability and hitting the board.
All types of poker can be divided into three large groups
- Board games – community cards that are laid out in the center of the table and can be used by any participant in the distribution to make a combination. Example games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha.
- Games without a board – without community cards, where each player uses only his own cards to make a combination, most of which are hidden from the eyes of opponents. Sample games: 5- and 7-Card Stud (5- / 7-Card Stud), Razz (Razz), Chinese Poker (aka Pineapple).
- No board games with an exchange – where there are no community cards, but players can exchange any cards from their hand to make a combination. Examples of games: Lowball (Lowball or low poker), Badugi (Badugi), Draw Poker.
In some rooms there are board games in which the exchange of cards is possible (for example, SWAP Hold’em at PokerStars).
Each discipline differs significantly from the others in the rules of the game. You can familiarize yourself with the rules of each discipline in the “Basics” section of the “Poker School” tab on the Pokeroff website.
4 questions for choosing a poker discipline
To choose the game that suits you, familiarize yourself with the rules of each discipline and its variations depending on the size of the rates and the structure. The best way to know if a particular discipline is right for you is to play a few hands at the low limits. If after that you have a dilemma about which of your favorite types of poker to choose, answer the following questions:
- Do you understand the rules 100%?
- How difficult is it for you to play against people in this discipline?
- Do you feel comfortable while playing?
- Are you interested in studying your chosen discipline?
If all the answers to the questions are positive, then feel free to take up the game, starting to skate and deepen your knowledge in order to develop an individual strategy for the game. Most importantly, remember that poker is based on two pillars – mathematics and psychology.
At the same time, in no discipline there is a universal winning strategy or cliché that must be followed – if they existed, everyone would follow them, which means that in the end no one would win. Because of this, poker requires creativity and original thinking – the success of their use can be seen in the example of famous players using individually designed game methods.
The most popular and easiest to learn today is No-Limit Hold’em. Most of the poker rooms offer the game at all limits, so it will not be difficult for beginners to find a cheap tournament or cash for a financially safe start of a poker career. If you are eager to play, but are afraid of losing a lot of money on acquaintance with disciplines, start with Hold’em – you can use his example to understand how mathematics and psychology work in poker, what styles of play exist and how to correctly apply them.