Poker strategy for the novice.
written by Marty Smith
you need an action plan for learning the game.
When I started playing online poker, I already had a solid foundation of the game and basically just thought I had to get used to playing on a digital table as opposed to real felt. I knew all the poker strategy I needed to know, right? After all, I started playing stud poker every second weekend nearly 20 years before as a young pizza cook. We had many poker sessions that would go into the daylight of the next Saturday morning.
There were however, some astounding differences to the "new" game of poker, not the least of which was that everyone was playing online. You see, Texas hold'em, the game of choice since the early 2000's or so was not actually known at all during home games. We played stud or draw games generally. Internet poker strategy is based on variations of hold'em to the tune of about 90% of all games played. Stud and hold'em represent 2 very different game formats which require completely different tactics. So yeah, as good as I was at stud in those day, there was virtually no correlation to what I was about to learn for playing hold'em online.
In 2003 Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP and essentially changed poker strategy forever.
When Chris Moneymaker beat Sammy Farha at that final table, it gave real hope to hundreds of thousands of players who were just discovering online poker at the time. You see - Moneymaker won a satellite to get into that tournament, and then with extraordinary good fortune turned that $40 entry fee into a $2.5 million dollar title. It was then everyone realized an amateur could beat a professional - for serious cash prizes. But did Moneymaker