Starting your poker journey can be rough — even though you’re starting online. Sure, you’re not going to have to really look at anyone eye to eye, but you’re still going to have to deal with the fact that people are going to be looking at your every move. If you’re not used to nasty comments from strangers, your online poker experience might be a little bittersweet. Yes, you’re going to need to get used to the way people act online, and we’re definitely not saying that you should never play online poker. We are however being honest — it can be tough to actually feel welcome online.
If you really want to dive in while building your poker game up further, you’re going to want to make sure that you really embrace the concept of poker tournaments. There are actually a lot of different tournaments to choose from, but we suggest focusing on Texas Hold’Em. It’s one of the most popular variants of poker, and you can play in Sit-N-Go (SNG) tournaments where you pretty much show up, wait for the right number of players to come to the table, and then the tournament is ready to go. Not every casino offers SNGs around the clock, so you’ll want to make sure that you look at the overall schedule.
What tournaments really do is that they allow you to really jump into the fire without risking a lot of money. Some people are going to win; some people are going to lose. What we really like about tournaments is that you can actually win money if you manage to just outlast a few other people. It’s done through certain percentages, which actually means that more people in the tournament win. It’s better to go the tournament route than just bust out in a regular card table game — you don’t win nearly as much money and you’re still working hard to watch your chip stack.
Another reason why tournaments are a great way to build confidence is that your brain is very aware of the fact that they don’t last long. You’re not going to have to worry about how long the poker game is going to last. In a perfect world, we would do nothing but play poker all day. However, when you’re actually trying to get things done in life, you don’t really have a lot of time to play games. That’s where playing SNGs pays off — your game is over when you take 1st place, or you bust out. It’s really as simple as that!