Creating a Comfortable Place for Playing Poker Online

Part of the Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When playing poker online, give some thought to the physical space you play in: The more comfortable and focused you can make your playing environment, the more focused you can become at game time. Playing poker online isn't only about computers and software; after all, you don't play inside your computer.

Consider the following pointers to ensure a comfortable and focused poker experience:

  • Set up your screen in as glare-free a position as possible. You don't want to misread your hands — especially important in Seven-Card Stud, where you have to view a greater number of cards in various positions around the table.

  • Find a good spot for your drinks and food. You have to sit for long periods of time, so you need to plan ahead of time for your sustenance. Remember: Bad bets are made about ten times worse if you spill a soda on your keyboard as they happen.

  • Put a trash basket within arm's reach. Respect the final resting spot for your waste and you greatly reduce the chance that you'll fling an empty bottle when you get outdrawn on the river. (Mathematical note: Having a trash basket at arm's reach doesn't reduce your chances of being outdrawn on the river.)

  • Minimize your distractions. Sure, every brick-and-mortar card room has a television showing such superlative tidbits as the Saharan Dune Bobsled Racing Championships, but watching TV doesn't help you win; it can only hurt.

    Play sober. Yes, it may be tempting to knock down a few icy cold ones as you play, but it doesn't help you keep a positive balance in your poker site's account. Being drunk only lessens the pain as you hit yourself in the financial head, but it doesn't make the lump any smaller the next day.

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