November 30th, 2010
By Jerry Whittaker
There are some vital fundamental concepts regarding playing poker, whether this is online poker or off. Get these fundamentals and you will get the game! While online poker playing has become so popular that is it churning out young wunderkinds and über-natural poker players by the dozen, not all players can be naturals; this doesn’t preclude them from playing. As long as they understand the fundamental concepts of poker anyone can play. It does not discriminate against age – unless you are too young, sex, creed or ability.
Speaking of too young – from what we know about “Annette_15″ Obrestad, she started playing online poker at aged 15, and claims she never had to deposit any funds; she started funding her initial bankroll by playing in freeroll poker tournaments. Her bankroll grew as she grew to become of age and eventually added up to a couple of hundred thousand dollars. The thing is that she never tried to withdraw any of her winnings, so she was never required to prove her age. Now, that is what I call beating the system; so much for under-age gamblers?!
Many players and experts think of poker as a game of skill, with wagering for money as being the most intrinsic part of the game, in its purist form. That having been said, poker is without a doubt a “brain game”, it calls for a great deal of knowledge and skill in particular for those players who do not have a natural affinity to play. It takes years to train a poker brain, just like it does to train an athlete and it doesn’t surprise that there groups attempting to have poker reclassified as a game of skill. Learning to play poker, never stops and this is why playing online poker is so compelling for so many people, because they know there is so much to learn.
Situational thinking is one of the most fundamental concepts for poker players, they need to be able to make snap decisions at the drop of a bet or raise, and virtually every situation is different. It involves creativity, logic and even some common sense, and this does not come naturally to everyone. I for one, sit there with the cards in my hand and wonder, “what the heck do I do now?” I am not a natural situational thinker. My best ideas and decisions are always retrospective, so I will stick to playing online roulette and give the online poker players a break from my stupidity. Grasping the concept of situational thinking allows for poker players to win big.
Another very fundamental aspect of online poker or any other form of this game is position – in poker, position is King, but we have run out of space here, so this is another subject for another time.Post at 12:22 pm UTC by Jerry Whittaker