.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

Playing poker online is different to playing in a casino. The first difference is getting there, and with an online room, there is no need to travel to the nearest casino which is probably your only option, you just switch on your computer and you will find a myriad of poker rooms. Your only problem is to choose one that is safe and secure, that has plenty of other players and is playing the game you want to play. The larger rooms are more popular as they have a large membership, that means you have better chance of finding players of equal or less ability than yourself. They also tend to have more free rolls, bonuses and other incentives. On top of that they have a reputation to uphold and therefore they are more likely to be worthy of your trust. Over 90% of online players use the top 10 rooms.

Secondly, you should set your limits and stick to them. The online game is much quicker than the normal casino and you should plan accordingly. You will play many more hands in a given time online than you would in a casino so you will have to have either more money to start with or go to a room with a lower stake level. The good players work on having a minimum of 200 times of the cost of the big blind as a start up bank each time they play. That means to enter a $1-2 game of Texas holdem your starting bank should be at least $400. They also consider that 50 times of the buy in cost, to play tournaments is a reasonable start up bank.

You should be patient, exercise discipline and resist the wild urges to splash out on an illogical bet just because no one is watching your play and you feel like it. Your approach should be to win as much as possible when you have good hand and keep your losses as low as possible with a bad one. If you adopt this attitude and become bored with it you could be like other players and simply open up a second table and play two games at the same time.

If you are used to playing casino style poker you will have to modify your approach to the online game because of its solitude and of its speed and the rate in which your funds can evaporate or accumulate.