As you’ve probably discovered yourself, the vast majority of the online poker rooms will give you the opportunity to play both with real money and with play money against other players. We’ll give you all the reasons why you should consider using their play money if you’re a beginner, but also why you should switch as soon as possible to real money.
The play money section of any poker room will generally have inside a lot of beginners that are trying to learn the game and its rules. It’s not always true though, a play money based poker room can just as easily be used by someone that is looking to pass the time. If you find yourself without money to play poker with or if you realize that you’re losing more than you’re winning, go back to the basics. Load up the section for beginners and hone your game until you start winning on a regular basis in there.
Play money are great if you have no idea how to play the game, or if you want to get used to online poker if you’ve only played it in casinos before. It gives you the chance to learn the rules and the poker hands without losing money in the process. It also puts you against other beginners, which can be a bit of a disadvantage when you’re not playing for real money.
Since the money is offered for free and it’s refreshed from time to time, it doesn’t matter to most beginners that they lose it. The poker player tends to bet more and take more risks when is using the equivalent of Monopoly money. It doesn’t give you the same experience as playing for real money would, so it’s a good idea to make the switch and give up play money as soon as possible.
Once you learn how the software works and you are semi-successful against beginners that are taking wild chances with fake money, move on to real money poker games. Don’t go for the rooms with high stakes though. Start with the cheapest poker rooms you can find, where you’re only risking a few cents during each game. That way, you will be able to play hundreds of hands for real money and you will only risk a small amount. Even if you lose that money, as long as you learn from that experience and you get better, it’s well worth the investment.
Now, as you get better at the game, and you notice that you’re winning on a regular basis in the cheaper poker rooms, advance to the rooms that require larger bets. Don’t go directly from $0.05 to $1 though. Take it easy, one step at a time, and staying in those rooms until you have the same kind of success as before. You will find that the game becomes much more difficult the more you advance to the rooms with larger bets.
Real money poker is the ultimate goal for anyone that’s starting to play this game. It’s not anywhere near as fun to play for fake money, since you don’t get the same experience and you don’t feel like you’re risking anything.