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Preparation:
1. Poker Jargon
2. Why Play Poker
3. Key Poker Skills
4. Bankroll
5. Home to Casino
6. Play Money

Poker Fundamentals:
1. Starting Hands
2. Pot Odds
3. Deception
4. Tilt

Mental Strategy:
1. Keep It Simple
2. Think For Yourself
3. Evaluating Plays
4. Ego
5. Beginner Mistakes

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How much money should I invest?

This is an important question, with two simple answers.

If you are a beginner or just looking to have fun, don't invest any more than is 'fun' to lose. Hence, if you're comfortable blowing a hundred bucks, put in $100 and see if you can win with it. This is what I did. My original roll was only $100, but I built it up into my current, much more powerful bankroll.

Bankroll considerations are different for a seasoned player who has proven himself a winner. These types of players are looking to consistently make money at a given limit. If you are one of these players, you should be able to bank 200 big bets at the limit you play. Hence, if you play $2-$4, you should have an $800 roll ($4 * 200). For $5-$10, your target roll should be $2,000. These numbers prevent you from blowing your entire bankroll because of one bad run.

Some say that 200 big bets is too few for shorthand, but I believe that you need to be reasonable about potential losses. You don't want to invest more than 200 big bets unless you've proven that you're successful at that limit.


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Also, it is a very good idea to keep a daily diary of your sessions. This will help you determine if you are a winning or a losing player and how often you win. It will also prove helpful come tax time if you live in a country with income tax on gambling winnings (in the UK and Canada, there is no tax on gambling winnings). If you plan on playing poker regularly, consider using a service such as Check Your Bets to keep track of wins and losses.

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