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Why Poker Players Should Always Test as Many Poker Sites as Possible

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For new players there are lots of reasons to shop around, even if it's just to check out the best rakeback deals

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It’s surprising that after more than two decades of online poker and with such a wide range of options available that players still tend to play only on one site. Variety is supposed to be the spice of life but poker players on the whole are set in their ways and stick to what they know best.

For players who have been around the block once or twice it doesn’t really matter, but for new players there are lots of reasons to shop around, even if it's just to check out the best rakeback deals.

Deposit Bonuses and Rakeback Deals

New players that are just starting out on their poker career already have the odds stacked against them. The number of experienced players out there today is high making it tough for newbies.

Thankfully there are a few options available to help those who are expecting to lose money while they are getting to grips with everything.

First, is the ubiquitous deposit bonus. Simply deposit your hard-earned cash and receive a free bundle of money into your account. Some of these offers might not sound like much but the extra padding to your bankroll can give you many additional hours of playing time to gather experience.

In some cases we are literally talking of thousands of dollars in a free hand out just for signing up and making a deposit. Tag this onto a generous rakeback deal and life suddenly becomes a lot easier.

Now imagine how much this can all add up to if you do this to every available online poker site in your region. This free money can be the difference between having a long poker career and being forced to quit early on.

Being able to shop around and take full advantage of all of these deals makes a huge difference to a budding poker player’s early career. Instead of playing with scared money as they learn these players can relax and concentrate on playing.

The Advantages of Being Anonymous

The financial incentives aren’t the only reason poker players should move around on different sites. It is easy to become paranoid that the regs have seen enough of an opponent’s strategy to be able to counter it. Making a fresh account will always allow a period of time where players can feel anonymous once again giving extra hours of stress-free learning.

Don’t underestimate how useful it can be to test new strategies against unaware opponents before becoming confident enough to use them against anybody. As mentioned above, getting things right at the start of a poker career is crucial for long-term success.

Poker is tough enough without taking advantage of these steps to smooth the path to becoming a winning player.

Seeking Out the Softest Games

The final reason a new poker player should test a wide range of poker sites is to find out which games are currently softest at their stakes level. Unfortunately, this isn’t a straightforward or quick process.

There is a wide variation of game toughness in today’s games. It also isn’t as simple as asking a friend what their experience on a particular site was like. There are many factors as to why one site might suit one player but not another even when both have comparable skill levels overall.

The only way to find out is to jump in and get personal experience. Some players who test the waters in many different places will often find their own personal gold mine that allows them to make fast jumps up the stakes.


Mark Patrickson

Mark Patrickson is a professional cash game player grinding stakes up to 100nl 6 Max NL Hold'em13 years experience of poker, across MTT SnG and cash, FL PL NL.Currently living in South East Asia and trying to make it back to mid-stakes befo ... Read More

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