A son of the South, Steven Gee grew up in a highly conservative environment where life was more focused on the family and church than in playing poker. I met him in October of 2020 at the Professional Poker Hall of Fame. We discussed this years ago and how he quickly learned how to play poker.
Poker is his passion. He plays on the weekend to earn money to purchase video games for his daughter. One day he just had to play and he started on an online game. Today he has played over $200k in tournaments and is still playing in many events and competitions around the world.
If you are interested in learning how to play poker, Steven Gee can help you get started. Here are some of the basic information you will want to know about poker.
If you can find a local casino, you may want to try your luck with it. It’s not unheard of for people to win in the beginning. You might need to spend a lot of money to gain a comfortable bankroll. Start small and watch your winnings grow.
Don’t be afraid to try the higher skill levels in poker. Many people with bad cards and a bad hand lose in tournaments. Don’t be discouraged. Try again. Learn the tricks of the trade and if you can beat the odds, so much the better.
A good way to increase your bankroll is to play the Big Blind, which is the first hand to start with and increase your stakes as the hand progresses. In order to be successful at this style of play, you need to learn about bet sizes and raise amounts. Keep in mind that the pot usually moves up and down over time. Watch your money on the game clock. At the end of the tournament, you will usually get paid by winning the jackpot or top prize. This is the opportunity you will be looking for to build up a large bankroll. Try to finish in the money or to the dealer’s choice of blinds.
In the early stages of the game, make sure you watch for signal cards. It’s amazing how the teller can sometimes miss something important. If you can identify the signal early, you will have more money in your hand.
It’s easy to get comfortable holding onto a winning hand. The trick is to keep the hand alive as long as possible and don’t fold when you’re behind in chips. When you’ve had a hand in a while, it’s good to have a flush and call to the flop.
It’s not impossible to make a lot of money when you first start playing. You must play the hand until you don’t need the next card. Then you move into the waiting game. Find an online poker site that suits your skill level and turn on your computer.
After each hand you play, you should play out all the cards to make sure that they are in their proper places. Take the time to study your hands and make notes about the cards and how they are positioned. This is part of the learning process.
If you play poker seriously, you will need to find a partner. The poker community is very friendly and the more you know about the game, the more likely you are to meet new friends.