Who This Site is For

Information on this site is geared towards mainly intermediate players, although we can also help beginning players who at least have a good grasp of how no limit holdem is played. In addition, advanced players who are not familiar with playing small stakes no limit holdem online can benefit from the information contained in this site.

One Learn to Play

If you don't know how to play Texas Hold 'em you can view this very complete instructional video from poker pro Phil Gordon

Here are the basics that will let someone with zero knowledge start playing no limit holdem. Like the old saying about Othello/Reversi it takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master...

For the absolute beginners there is nothing better than just getting out there and playing a bunch of hands with other real people to get into the swing of the game. You can sign up at any of the sites on our Online Poker Rooms and play for free (without even providing any personal information). 

Two Read This Site

Work your way down the topics listed on the home page. The topics listed there under "general concepts, "preflop strategy", "postflop strategy" and "advanced" were designed by our poker forum regulars to maximize your edge against other online players. If you do have questions please feel free to join the poker forum. The best way to do that right now (because of the huge number of forum spammers that only sign up for accounts to post their own links. Is to contact us directly and we'll get you set up.

You will also want to look at our Articles and Essays section for lots of unique and helpful content to improve your winnings.

Three Play for Real

After you can consistently beat a play-money table you're ready to try real money. Many of the poker rooms listed in our online poker rooms section have many small stakes texas holdem games available, including $10NL and $5NL. NOTE: When we talk about $10NL or $100NL for example it means your total buyin for a full 100 big blind stack. In this case the big blind will be 10 cents and your full 100bb stack will be 10 dollars. $200NL has a $2 big blind and so on.

We also have a growing list of online funding methods to give you some information about exactly how you can put money in your poker account and detailed information on what you should look for in an online poker room.

In terms of player population, the largest sites at the moment are Party Poker, PokerStars and Carbon Poker, but these are not the only choices! We provide links to every online cardroom we know of (and if we miss one you can submit it) at our Playing Online section.

If you live in the United States your choices for playing online are more limited because of the 2006 UIGEA bill which caused some online cardrooms to jump ship from the US market, and then on Friday April 15, 2011 (a day known in online poker circles as "Black Friday") the US Department of Justice effectively caused the top three US serving cardrooms to stop their business with US players. US Players can still play at several very good online poker sites which include America's Cardroom, Bovada Poker, and Carbon Poker.

Remember you can play at all of these cardrooms for FREE (try them out and find the one you like). And free means free--you do not have to provide any billing information to set up a play money account while you try them out.

Four Analyze Your Game

We highly recommend you keep detailed logs of your poker sessions. Two tools will definitely take your poker game to the next level and can pay for themselves almost instantly. The first is Holdem Manager which is THE premier hand database with superb analysis features. Almost EVERY professional online player uses this tool. The second is Poker Table Ratings which will let you buy as many as a million of the most recent hands at the online poker room of your choice, which means you get more solid information on your very first hand to make informed decisions from.

Five Other Resources

You can also check out our Quality Poker Links page which contains links to some of the best poker sites on the internet (this isn't a link exchange page, we actually think these sites are worth visiting).  If we've missed one that you're fond of, leave us some feedback using our Contact Us page. Finally be sure to check out the Low Limit Poker Forum where you can get feedback on your game (and give your own tips) for a large number of active members.