Starting with Poker

November 17, 2010

 To make poker your only income source  you don’t have to wake up at 8am, don’t have to deal with uninteresting things from day to day while earning a salary which allows you to pay lease only for your vacuum cleaner . You will have time and money! But remember – nothing comes easily…

Not like in business or stock exchange, you don’t need a lot to start with. Some of the worlds best poker players have started only with 50 dollars. It is hard to find a professional who isn’t earning enough. In order to start with Online Poker you need:

a)      Credit Card (preferrably VISA or Mastercard)

b)      Computer (preferrably with a 19“ monitor at least)

c)       Good  internet connection

d)       Decent starting bankroll ($500-$1,500 is definitely enough)

e)       Be eager to learn, patient and willing to spend time 

One of the first steps would be to open an e-wallet account, for example at Moneybookers. Deposit the amount you chose to start with into Moneybookers. Then choose an affiliate who provides Rakeback deals to receive back a percentage of the fees you pay to poker rooms for playing there. From the affiliates site choose a good online poker room with nice deposit bonuses. These kind of bonuses can help you get started by  offering you extra money if you choose a certain online poker room. For example, 200% up to €1,000 deposit bonus and Opoker Rakeback or 500% up to €2,000 poker bonus. Poker rooms also offer other promotions, they depend on the room you choose but mostly they are all very good  . Rake races, freeroll tournaments with cash prizes or packages to bigger live events, reload bonuses, loyalty bonuses. If you stick at one online poker room then make sure you keep checking up on potential reload bonuses as you can earn extra money with that option very easily.

Most online poker rooms also feature a Shop , you can redeem different things from there for  VIP Points, Poker Points or other similar points (depends on the poker room). These shops usually feature electronics, live tournament packages, clothing, sports gear, other various things and even sports cars! In order to collect Points you have to play at real money games, cash games or poker tournaments.

Best game type to start with is Sit & Go. These games are available 24/7 and have a lot of new players in them so it’s the perfect place to learn and to gain profit. Sit & Go tournaments can have 2 players or even 10 players. The buy-in for them goes from couple cents up to thousands of dollars.

Start reading about poker and learn if you are sick of your regular job! 

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