Many beginner poker players are interested in what their chances are of winning in poker, how easy it is to beat micro levels and how the online poker world and players have changed in the last decade.
Being a winning player in online poker in 2011 is a lot tougher than it was 10-15 years ago. The reason is easy: there are many materials that every beginner player can use. Books, DVDs, articles, videos, magazines and blogs are all in the repertoire for all players.
These facts do not mean that it is impossible to be a winner in online poker. Especially in micro limits many players play only for fun. However some of these beginner poker players still learn basic strategy which makes your life harder. Some decades ago there was no or very little poker literature available on the market and the great players could make tons of money by playing their own poker strategy. These days it is a lot more difficult to be a winner because all the above mentioned resources are available for all players.
Doyle Brunson’s “Super System: A course in power poker” revealed some important strategies and odds for beginner players and Doyle admitted that he had to make some changes in his own play after his book was published because players learned the poker strategies he described. David Sklanky is also a known poker player and author. His most known books are: “Theory of Poker”, “No Limit Hold’em: Theory and Practice” and “Poker, Gaming & Life”. These books were the bibles in the early years of poker literature.
In the last decade most of poker’s superstars published their own books. You can read books from Harrington, Greenstein, Hansen etc. Many beginner players used these books to learn poker strategies and tips from the pros.
The quality of online poker was also increasing because of the eLearning development of poker. There are thousands of articles, analysis and software you can use to make your game better. 10 years ago these tools did not exist and if you were a winning player in those times on a $1/$2 blind level, it can happen that the same strategy is only enough for beating the $0.25/$0.50 blind level these days.
There is also a common mistake made by beginner poker players. Some play 1-2 weeks and is already stressed over having a loss. The same is true when someone plays 5-6000 hands and has no profit. I can only suggest you play a couple of months, at least 100 000 hands and then you can start looking at tendencies and make the first conclusions to either change your strategy or not.
Use the above mentioned poker tips and become a winning player!