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Plus, successfully making the transition
from play money to real money games

A lot of players write in to this site to say the switch from play money to real cash seems to throw their game out of the window.

The brash winning aggression which comes from not being able to lose actual cash during free-roll play suddenly finds itself with the handbrakes on. The concept of losing real money makes ninety percent of us more cautious and the most telling fact of poker is that aggression pays off more than fifty percent of the time. Really good poker players make the transition quickly. The right way to do it is to wait for a good hand, look at the odds, and then find your initial confidence right then and there.

In reality nothing has changed between play money and real money, apart from your attitude. The faster you can connect with this single fact, the quicker you'll get your game back on track.

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Q: As a new player can you advise me why I should choose a full ten-handed (max-handed) poker table over a short-handed game? What are the pitfalls?

A: In a ten-handed game, you are only going to be asked to post the blinds (make compulsory bets) every eight games and of course there's likely to be more potential money to be won. Clearly in a short-handed game you'll be posting the blinds more often. Another major characteristic of short-handed games is that a much higher percentage of them are won by bluffing and a lot of new players aren't immediately adjusted to the art of bluffing. It's kind of an acquired ability, a bit like going on stage for the first time. You get better at it. For this reason alone we'd tend to advise full table