Important tips for online poker beginners

First and foremost, make sure that the sites you will be playing on are safe!

There are a lot of scammers out there, and it is not so easy to tell the difference between legitimate sites like, and sites that are trying to steal your information, or money, or both. I am all for playing games online even if you are going to have skin in the game, as that only adds to the excitement. However, you need to be very careful that you are playing on safe platforms. Having an antivirus service like McAfee or Windows Defender can also help you navigate away from unsafe sites, as they will often let you know if it is a suspect site. However, just because your antivirus doesn’t recognize the site as unsafe does not mean that it is safe. You have to do your own research to make sure that they are not just trying to get your information as a means of stealing money from you, or any other harmful thing they can do with it. I would start with a simple Google or Bing search to see if a lot of people say the site is untrustworthy. If that is the case, you should certainly steer clear of it, even if there are some people who claim it is legit. In the end, it is up to your own discretion and whatever you feel comfortable doing. It is your money, and your life, so whatever you feel is safe enough for you, I guess.

Don’t bet any money you can’t afford to lose.

It is very important that you keep things in perspective. Don’t go in expecting to win all the time. You have to be smart and cautious. Know exactly what you are getting into, and the odds in each game. Remember that they are running a business, which means that they have to make money. Thus most of the players lose money. You will most likely be one of the most, but if you play your cards right (pun intended), you might be able to have a lot of fun, and even make some money. Just always keep in mind that you can lose real money, so don’t be reckless.

Don’t let yourself become addicted!

It is imperative that you do not allow it to become an addiction. Just as someone can become addicted to crack cocaine, they can become addicted to gambling. It won’t happen in exactly the same way, but believe me, it can happen. Thus you need to play in moderation. You can’t keep saying “I’ll win next time”, because after a while it won’t have even made it worthwhile if you do win. Set limits of how much you can play or lose in one sitting/one day, and don’t go beyond that. If you can stick to a limit, you probably won’t become addicted. Listen to my advice, and you should be able to have some fun without it becoming a very detrimental activity.