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thrilaras7
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August 5, 2016 1:02 am  

I have somewhat of a strange question for you guys, I have been playing poker for about 6 months ( at least the serious kind with studying etc)I have only played play money tournaments on PS and also some freerolls. With the play money I am not always playing too seriously esp lately, I made max 10.000 ( you start with 1.000) but i sometimes hover around 5.000 sometimes 3.000) and with the freerolls I am up and down and my best finish is 89/6943 ( top 90 make the money) and i won 1 cent LOL 🙂

My question to you all is, should i keep doing what I am doing until I get consistent and then play for real money or should I try with real money and just take a hit or two before I finally make some small amount of cash?  


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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August 5, 2016 5:48 am  

Play money poker and freeroll tournaments don't play like real money poker. People just splash play money around and don't care because its free...so I'd recommend staying away from play money poker and stick with real money cash games instead.

As for freeroll touraments, people tend to get a bit more serious when you get close to the being in the money and the bubble, but you'll again see people play that don't have a clue what they are doing and just playing for fun or gambling.


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thrilaras7
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August 5, 2016 6:50 pm  

OK I see your point, what about small buy-in tourneys (0.50$-2$)? The reason that I haven't tried real money yet is because I don't think I am good enough and I don't want to start re-depositing money again and again because eventually I will lose money instead of making. I fell that I am better than when I started but I don't know if I am good enough. anyway thank you  for the reply and for all your help. By the way  the math course looks very nice I think I will finish it during the weekend 🙂 


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Alton - MicroGrinder Poker
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August 6, 2016 3:54 am  

The same is for tournaments (MTTs, SnGs, etc). People play different when there is real money involved. You're obviously going to see lots of fishy bad players at low buy-in MTTs and SnGs but you'll also see lots of decent regs playing and grinding out micro stakes buy-in touraments. I'm a member of a Facebook group where that is all the regs there do...grind out lots of micro stakes MTTs.

Regarding play for real money, if you don't have the confidence to play for real money definitely spend more time learning and studying off the tables before you make the jump. But also understand that that's why we all start at the lowest micro stakes, because if we lose its a very small amount and in the long-run as you move up you'll easily win it back.


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thrilaras7
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August 6, 2016 5:57 am  

I understand, I know that at the beginning I probably will lose some money. I just don't want to re-deposit. It's not so much a financial reason as it is a physiological one. I just fell like if I have to re-deposit that means that i am not good enough to play at those stakes and if i can't win at the micros eventually, then I am just not a good player. I don't have a problem depositing 10$/ month if I need to ( I already deposited 10$). It's not a financial issue it's probably just my weird way of thinking, who knows. Anyway thank for helping me 🙂 


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thrilaras7
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August 16, 2016 10:15 pm  

I would like to share something with you all. I played my first real money game today. It was a 9-max SNG for 0.50$ and I finished 1rst for 1.99$. I know this win doesn't mean a thing but I think this experience showed me that I have no reason to be afraid of real money games even if I lose some of them ( and I admit that I got lucky a couple of times where I should have lost) Also, the opponents were a lot tighter than in playmoney. Anyway tnx for your help and encouragement so far people and good luck at the tables to you all 🙂 


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alecbaldwin92
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May 4, 2017 10:44 pm  

thrilaras7 said
I have somewhat of a strange question for you guys, I have been playing poker for about 6 months ( at least the serious kind with studying etc)I have only played play money tournaments on PS and also some freerolls. With the play money I am not always playing too seriously esp lately, I made max 10.000 ( you start with 1.000) but i sometimes hover around 5.000 sometimes 3.000) and with the freerolls I am up and down and my best finish is 89/6943 ( top 90 make the money) and i won 1 cent LOL 🙂

My question to you all is, should i keep doing what I am doing until I get consistent and then play for real money or should I try with real money and just take a hit or two before I finally make some small amount of cash?    

I think you should keep playing this way because you are not at all ready for the real game that involves a lot of money. It is a wise decision to save your hard earned money until you become expert in this game. I am also a newbie and it has been just a month to me learning basic strategies of poker and my trainer at acepokersolutions.com/ suggested me to not to be part of real money involved game.


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DFF34
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July 23, 2017 8:32 am  

I think that you can start with demo money and then switch to real money. There are some casinos that offer such a feature. For example here are some casinos with online slots, they offer such a possibility.


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