Originally Posted by GQgeek
Also, learning to classify your opponents early in the game is critical because it should govern how you play against them. Harrington's cash games book will probably be the most immediately useful. Be aware that strategies in poker are continually evolving though. Playing against a bunch of 2+2ers wuold be very different from a home game in what you might or might not be able to get away with.
And realize everyone is trying to classify you... so vary your play. If you know some concrete patterns and have them down, they you are on the right track. If you sit there like a tool and play check check raise all night, you're gonna get rabbit ears.
Originally Posted by kelvinsense
Books aren't that helpful, but I believe there were some important beginner concepts in No-Limit Hold Em: Theory and Practice by David Sklansky.
I've just noodled around the web looking for tips and tricks and read them while I was playing a no$ game... eventually I learned what I liked and didnt.
Originally Posted by Superfluous Man
If you like playing on sites that used Superusers to cheat players out of huge sums of money and have massive security holes then Ultimate Bet/Absolute Poker is for you.
I cant bring myself to play for $ online. Seems ripe for getting swindled.
I like to play local games with friends, good atmosphere, beer. I like to practice on Zynga. Free, and hundreds of thousands of players. Good interface, lots of different levels. Best place to learn I can think of.