The worldwide fascination with Texas Holdem Poker continues to grow. Young people across the world have noticed the World Series of Poker’s success with young poker players. Jonathan Duhamel (part-time student, professional poker player) was the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. At 22 years old, Duhamel won almost $9,000,000. It’s easy to see why Texas Holdem poker has attracted so much attention. Duhamel continues the legacy of Phip Moneymaker, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Neagreanu, and Chris Moneymaker who all rose to superstar status after winning the World Series of Poker. They are well-known and wealthy poker celebrities, who have inspired many other poker champions to discover the wonderful world of Texas Holdem.
Some poker players have become famous and wealthy overnight, but it is not common for them to reach the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour Championships. This is because of their long learning curve. An essential part of the learning process for a poker novice is a basic poker skill building plan.
Understanding the basics of poker is key to your learning journey. These basics include knowing the rankings of poker hands, understanding how to raise, check, raise, re-raise, bluff, fold, and other concepts. This skill is essential for anyone who wants to know how to calculate probabilities, odds, and math. A basic understanding of hand strength is necessary for those players who aren’t so fortunate. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of hands, as well as the likelihood of making a hand with cards is an important skill. This knowledge and skill is essential for poker success at all levels.
Today’s society is driven to hurry. Patience is not a virtue. In fact, it is almost impossible to have. Beginners can make the biggest mistake by hurrying to a casino, a card room, or an online poker site like PokerStars, Poker Party, Full Tilt, or Poker Party to start playing real money. This can prove to be costly.
You can begin your poker learning process by playing at home in a low level environment with your family and friends. The stakes should be kept low or at a very low level to avoid bragging rights. Poker players should be at the exact same level as each other until they are able to understand all the basic rules. This is the most basic level where players can share their knowledge and help one another improve their skills. They should begin to build a poker library with instructional books and DVDs. These instructional resources should contain basic poker instruction, as well information on advanced poker strategies and tactics.
Many excellent instructional materials are available to top poker players. Authors are always willing and able to share their knowledge. Doyle Brunson, David Sklansky and Pat Harrington are all top poker players and experts. All these people have written or produced highly-acclaimed poker instructional DVDs, as well as books about Texas Holdem poker. These instructional materials provide valuable information for poker players from all levels of experience and skill.