As a beginner you don't have much experience working for you at the poker table. Perhaps you have played a little five card draw poker with your family or friends, or perhaps you have just seen Matt Damon play the game in Rounders. This doesn't matter if you play our beginner strategy! The only requirement is that you can read and that you are willing only to play very few hands. Of course you should, as always when playing online, now the rules of the game.
It is an ultra tight style of playing (few hands), that separates you from an average beginner. The below outlined strategy has the character of a beginner manual, and it might look like a very boring way to play poker. But remember that for a value oriented poker player, the primary goal is to win money from the other players and not to get entertainment! If you are bored you can watch the tube while playing, read a book or even play on two tables at a time. Don't seek the entertainment in the game itself. This strategy is best applied on a full table (8-10 players), and for a beginner the stakes shouldn't be higher than 1/2$ limit.
By entirely playing the few hands mentioned above you limit yourself to the most obvious profit possibilities. On the other hand, you have to be unlucky to loose in the long run (if you play other beginners). Of course we can all be hit by bad luck, but try to think about what would happen, if a player with recreational goals in sight play almost all his hands against a machine with one of the above mentioned 8 hands! In that situation you should be the machine. Lucky or not!
Recommended literature for this level: Lee Jones, "Winning Low Limit Hold'em" (2000).
Written by Smith Jones - a writer at PokerPistols.com