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Why can't I understand poker? (Noob)

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  • Why can't I understand poker? (Noob)

    I have read all the "Basic Poker Lessons" and I still do not understand the game and how it is played? I downloaded PokerStars to try it out, but I cannot seem to follow the game and play.

    Can anyone help me out?

  • #2
    Sure...

    Lot's of folks can.

    Trying to do it in a forum is pretty hard though, since addressing anything which might help YOU is only as "valuable" as your "need" to better undersand certain concepts are.

    This means to get help, you should probably NARROW your questions to more specific topics.

    Just coming in here and saying, "I cannot understand poker, please help!" is either likely to result in a monster long post (most likely from me ) that will just confuse you MORE, or will result in shorter posts that do not address the things you are trying to understand NOW.

    So the BIGGEST thing you can do is become more "inter-active" in your learning process. Accept that you will only learn as much as you are WILLING to learn, and the effort someone is willing to put into helpping you is only worthwhile based on the amount YOU "care" about learning.

    Define those things, then start reading.
    Take notes on what you've read, and try to find the answers for yourself first by using other reference materials.
    When all that has been done, go play some poker and try out the things you've learned.

    After all that has been done, you should proably still have things which "confuse" you, but at least you'll be able to ask more pointed questions about exact things which have you stumped!

    hope it helps.
    Double Bracelet Winner

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    • #3
      I agree my question was too broad. What I am trying to say is, that I do not understand 1 single thing about the rules/play. I will try to read as much as possible though.

      Thanks for your answer.

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      • #4
        Before you even start though you need to be honest with yourself as to what you want to get out of the game. If it's just to splash around and have fun then not as much "learning" will be required.

        If it's a more serious goal then know going in that you are NEVER going to stop learning if you want to continue improving.

        Poker,at times,can be like what Jacques Cousteau said about sharks once..."The more we learn about them(it), the less we understand."

        Good luck on your journey whatever you decide and understand that this is a game that can take you from euphoria to consternation to rage,many times all in one hand and in any order. And that's a huge part of what makes it such a great game.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by beieren View Post
          I have read all the "Basic Poker Lessons" and I still do not understand the game and how it is played? I downloaded PokerStars to try it out, but I cannot seem to follow the game and play. Can anyone help me out?
          i been playing since 2004 here at poker stars ...my husband would walk by the computer to see what im up to ...he would see that im playing any two cards play chips ...his response would be and i quote ,,,,you have no reason to be in that hand ...well from that day on i play my hands ..you get aces raise hard ..you get 72 fold ..to me thats the basics of poker...later on you will start to under stand position pot odds ,three betting and all the psycho babble you hear .....a long story short ...play your two starting cards because thats all you have by the way i became a play chip baron ..taking in over 10 million from playing my two starting cards ..gl F.Mumbup:

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          • #6
            Originally posted by beieren View Post
            I agree my question was too broad. What I am trying to say is, that I do not understand 1 single thing about the rules/play. I will try to read as much as possible though.

            Thanks for your answer.



            http://www.myrakesite.com/texas_holdem_rules.html


            Boom goes the dynamite !
            You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper.

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            • #7
              DSF,you left out 5 of a kind if I catch a joker.... Donkey. evil:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Da Sens Fan View Post
                Thanks.
                Still don't understand it fully though.

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                • #9
                  click the link underneath for detailed explanation.
                  You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper.

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                  • #10
                    Where is AceKingPros when you need him ?

                    3 Time Bracelet Winner


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                    • #11
                      Yeah AKP said he'd come back when we had a tiered leage, well we have it now, so AKP where are you?


                      OP: Try getting a copy of Poker for Dummies.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by beieren View Post
                        I have read all the "Basic Poker Lessons" and I still do not understand the game and how it is played? I downloaded PokerStars to try it out, but I cannot seem to follow the game and play. Can anyone help me out?
                        Hi beieren and welcome to the forum and pso. umbup: Did you check out the link that sens fan provided? I know sometimes reading these directions can be a bit confusing, but that is a good start. Have you played other card games before? It's good to have a background of other card games if you've never played poker, just so you have a basic understanding of the deck and how, in general, cards are played. Experience will be your best tool so you want to get to some play money tables and start logging in some hands. If you wish, I have a home game play money table set up for new members that you can join me and maybe a couple others on, and we can give ya' some training there. We can help with play and site navigation. If interested, let me know. Lots of friendly, helpful people here so don't hesitate to ask more questions.

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=IroncladMerc;


                          OP: Try getting a copy of Poker for Dummies.[/QUOTE]

                          Just so you know..... (not a dig on you) (actual book) and not a bad one at all for the beginning player. gl at the felt! stack em high! MT
                          May the tinfoil protect you. MT

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                          • #14
                            Thanks guys. I will read more and come back if I have additional questions. To the other answerer; no I do not have experience in card games.

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                            • #15
                              AceKingPros recognized that he had a problem with gambling in general, and with on line poker in specific.

                              As such, about 9 months or so ago, he contacted Poker Stars to inform them of these issues, and to request a permanent ban on his IP address.

                              He cannot play on Poker Stars as a result, and I am assuming that he avoids these forums completely so as not to become "tempted" by talk of poker.

                              Good luck to him, whatever he is doing now.
                              Double Bracelet Winner

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