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  • The only real problem with FTP's play money site is the tournament layout
  • You never have to pay for your play money experience, so feel free to try new strategies, make a few mistakes and just have fun

    • by Sarah81

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      If you want to play poker online, but don’t have enough confidence to bet real money on your skills, you should download Full Tilt Poker’s free software. This program lets you play all of the most popular poker games twenty-four hours a day - for free.

      Ideally, you should have a high-speed Internet connection to play at FTP. The software download is somewhat large - a few megabytes - so trying to grab that file will be the worst kind of torture if you’re still on dialup. Then there’s the fact that you will play live poker games against other Internet users - with time limits for each betting decision that you make. If you’re on a slower connection, you’ll time out more often than

      not - and thus lose more hands.

      But if you have a decent computer and Internet connection, FTP is a great place to start playing poker. You begin with 1,000 play money chips, which you can reload if you lose. Once you create your account and get your initial chips, you can play any of the games - or tournaments - that the site offers.

      Hold ‘Em is of course the most popular game. Most FTP tables are nine-handed, but you can also get in on a six-handed game every now and then. The stakes begin at 5/10, which is perfect for beginners.

      You can also play mixed games, Seven Card Stud (Hi or Lo option), Omaha (Hi or Lo), and Razz. If you aren’t a ...

      • Hold ‘Em fan, try one of these tables or tournaments: they are usually less populated, which is nice if you’re just starting (or want to play with fewer people).

        If you don’t want to sit in on a table, you can enter a tournament. There are huge tourneys and sit-and-go versions. The lowest buy-in is 250 play chips. That’s great news for new FTP players because they can immediately play four poker tournaments with their initial play chips. That’s plenty of time to get the hang of the site’s layout, figure out how things work and - hopefully - cash in a few times.

        The only real problem with FTP’s play money site is the tournament layout. You have to register for a specific table: there

        is no waiting list to join. In other words: if you can’t click fast enough to register, then you have to pick another tournament and start all over again. That can be frustrating during peak hours, when you just can’t click fast enough. But there is always a chance that FTP will change this. UltimateBet.net - another free-money site - already has a waiting list, which many players prefer. FTP could follow their lead and do the same thing, which would make many of their players very happy people.

        Overall, FTP is a great place to start playing online poker. You never have to pay for your play money experience, so feel free to try new strategies, make a few mistakes and just have fun.

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