There’s no way around it: If you want to become one of the best poker players in the world, you’re going to have to put in the work. Learning how to win online poker at a high level is a lot like getting a college degree. It will take you a few years of dedicated study, then you’ll have to keep learning while you apply those newfound skills at the poker table. Not everyone has the time or discipline to make it happen.

That’s if you want to become a true end boss on the felt. The great thing about online poker is that you don’t have to be Fedor Holz to make a profit – you just need to be better than the other players at your table. And that’s something you can achieve by picking up a few useful poker strategy tips here and there. Check out the following five poker tips for beginners and see how quickly your game improves the next time you log in at Bovada Poker.



1. Begin With Lower Poker Stakes

Game selection might be the most important thing when it comes to poker for beginners – and the most overlooked. Everyone enjoys the rush of playing for high stakes, but the higher you go, the tougher the competition gets. Even if you have money to burn, there’s no need to swim with the sharks when you’re just getting your feet wet.

If you’re already playing at Bovada Poker and you feel like you’re in over your head, move down in stakes. In fact, try starting at the lowest stakes there are. That would be the 2c/5c cash tables at Bovada, or the smallest buy-ins for poker tournaments and Sit-and-Gos. Starting at this level will help you figure out how to play poker the right way. You won’t be afraid to make mistakes when it only costs you pennies instead of dollars, and at this stage, you should be willing to make all sorts of crazy plays on purpose, just to see what happens and what you can learn from them.


2. Play With a Consistent Strategy

While you’re out there splashing around in the microstakes, remember that the plays you make do have a purpose. You should always have a clear poker strategy in mind when you sit down at the table. As a newer player, start with a basic ABC strategy that will cover most of the situations you’ll find yourself in. Then you can deviate from that strategy when you find yourself in an interesting spot that might have something to teach you.

Since you’ll be playing at the microstakes anyway, you’ll find that an ABC strategy will serve you better than something more complex, like a true Game-Theory Optimal (GTO) strategy. Most of the opponents you’ll run into at the lower levels will be playing pretty unbalanced poker, so you’ll be wasting your time and money if you try countering them with GTO stuff. You’ll also mis-apply those advanced strategies if you haven’t already built a solid ABC foundation.


3. Play at Full Capacity and Avoid Tilt

This goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip. Your goal in poker is to get better, so don’t fire up any tables unless you’re in the right frame of mind first. That means not playing just because you’re bored, or you’re craving some action. You won’t be able to apply your poker strategy consistently if you come to the table with that mindset.

Once you do start playing, make sure you stay in that zone. Play in an environment that doesn’t throw a lot of distractions at you – no text messages or YouTube videos. Take regular breaks to keep your mind fresh, avoid drinking alcohol before and during play, and step away from the tables anytime you feel like you’re going on tilt. Setting a stop-loss of two or three buy-ins will help ensure you don’t go on a protracted losing streak during a cash session that’s dragged on just a little too long.


4. Bluff With Purpose

There aren’t too many things at the poker table that will tilt you harder than getting caught bluffing in a bad spot. Just like poker in general, you shouldn’t be running bluffs without a purpose, and as a beginner, you have a dual purpose: one, to get your opponent to fold, and two, to learn what can happen after you make your move.

As part of your ABC strategy, keep your bluffing at a minimum for now, using straight draws (eight outs) and flush draws (nine outs) on the flop, and only double-barreling when the turn card is a blank. Expand your bluffs from there as you get more comfortable on the felt and you move up the stakes. Don’t worry too much about “leaving money on the table” by missing what could be a theoretically correct bluffing opportunity. Baby steps.


5. Practice, Study and Learn From the Best

The other four poker tips we’ve given you won’t be of much use if you ignore this one. Poker isn’t rocket science; pretty much all the experts agree on the basic tenets of poker strategy, so make sure you study their advice, and build on it through proper practice. All the strategy you’ll find here at Bovada Poker has been handed down from the best poker minds in the business. And it gets reviewed and updated constantly to make sure it’s fresh and accurate.

With these five quick poker tips in your arsenal, you’re now ready to hit the felt at Bovada Poker with the right mindset and the right action plan. But before we go, here’s one more tip: Don’t forget to have fun. Poker is still a game, and if you enjoy getting better at it, your chances of success will improve dramatically. See you at the tables.