You can also visit a casino if you live near one.
Here are some basic tips to help you form a strategy.
Math: There are some basic probabilities involved in understanding how likely certain cards are to fall.
For example, if there is a flush draw on the flop, you have about a 1 in 3 chance of completing it by the river.
Outs are the number of cards left in the deck to complete your hand: if there are four diamonds on the flop you have nine outs left to finish the flush.
Thinking about the outs is a good way to determine odds.
Confidence: Good poker players have the confidence that they will win every hand they decide to play.
Discipline is also important here.
Depending on the game, there calls for a certain way to play: if you want to play limit hold 'em, you know what to do before the flop.
If there aren't many takers preflop, you don't play unless you have a good hand.
If there are lots of people playing, you can make a call even if you hold a relatively weak hand.
There's also a lot of knowing when to quit.
If you are playing a game sloppily, that you know you won't win, fold.
On the other hand, if there's a good chance you can take the pot, do it.
Of course, in no limit, such precautions aren't quite as important.
Psychology: It's necessary to think about what is going through your opponent's minds.
Try to understand why they make the choices they do, and what it means for them.
Ask yourself these questions: What cards does he have? What cards does he think I have? What cards does he think I think he has? Ways to deceive include bluffing, playing slowly, or playing quickly.
These techniques are more important in a no-limit game than in a limit game.
Telling signs are important in these situations.
Limits: If there is an expected reward that is worth the risk, a good poker player will take it.
If they are running low, they may also think about their needs off the poker table, and understand that a high risk gamble may not be worth it.
Don't worry too much about losing, or you will lose.
Understand your mistakes: First, look at them.
For example, if I called on the river when I knew I didn't have a hand, this would be something to designate and work on plugging.
Play for a few weeks by highlighting these mistakes and avoiding them.
Hopefully, these guidelines will help you cultivate your passion and work on how you play.