Although there is no option to study poker formally, in a regulated way, there is a way to focus on the basics to learn to play poker more or less intensively. Depending on the player’s level, the resources that will be most interesting will vary, but in this article you will find a poker study guide based on your level.
So… How should a person who has just started studying poker? How does a person with more time behind him have to do it? Both can do it perfectly with playback channels found on YouTube, or by going the traditional way, acquiring books from poker professionals adapted to each level.
If you are more of reading, but on the screen, in this blog you can find some articles that will help you to study poker, always understanding that without the practical part, these “studies” (with many quotes) will be limited. Much of the success of poker translates into passing theoretical knowledge live, with real rivals, and the risk and adrenaline of having money (or chips) at stake.
Study poker from 0: How to do it
For some users of this blog these tips will fall short, and for others they will be necessary to start (although we hope that they will be obsolete in a short time). But the truth is that studying poker in depth without fully understanding the rules and how the game works is like wanting to start the house from the roof. What are the most interesting resources to take the first steps in this game?
Poker hand order: Poker is played with chips, but also with cards. If you don’t know the combinations, or you think they have more/less value than they really do… you’ll go wrong!
Poker rules and regulations: It is vital to know 100% of the rules of the game, even small tricks and tricks
Order of rounds and turns: Some players with moderately good results do not know the turns of the game by heart… So much potential wasted!
Know the positions at the poker table to know all the details of the game infrastructure.
Other poker tips for beginners
Although studying these aspects of poker seems very initial to you, you would be surprised at the number of players with a good bankroll who have to resort to turn order to remember how it worked. If you want to maximize your results, don’t be like them!
How to study poker? Expanding knowledge
At this point it can start to be very interesting to start reading books by good players, look at advanced stages of tournaments and, above all, try to understand why they do what they do. Still, at this point there are some interesting materials to keep studying poker more and more.
- Positions at the poker table: How to play specifically from each of them
- The ranges of hands: Or with which hands to enter (or not) in each play
- Hand reading: An essential way to start playing poker well… remember that in the games you play against other people!
Poker Tips for Not So Beginners
Types of poker players, to know who you will face in your games, and how to do the best possible against each of them
Outs in poker, to know how to apply mathematics in the game
With these aspects, your poker knowledge will take a quantum leap from knowing how to play to (potentially) knowing how to play. And why potentially? Well, because you will face poker games against rivals, where your knowledge will be put to the test in a practical exam. No one will ask you “What hands to play UTG or dealer with?”, you just have to do it. And on many occasions, get out of the “conventional” to outwit your rivals.
Learning poker: From the general to the specific
Many players will already master all of the above aspects perfectly, and even have a fair-good level in heads-up, but they can very well benefit from knowing some extra resources, as well as looking at more advanced poker strategies. These materials are a good complement to study poker:
Play preflop in poker and flop in poker, to master specific phases of the game
Guide to play the UTG and the ‘dealer’ to get the most out of each position at the table. Knowing how to play the blinds can also help you a lot.
‘All-in’ poker, or how to know how to kick forward
‘Nuts’ in poker or pairs in poker, to play according to specific hands
Within casino games, poker is where we find a greater skill level, so it will be essential not to skimp on studying poker before playing, during the game itself and after your games. Don’t fall into paralysis by analysis, but don’t jump into playing without mastering the basics either. Balance will be key!