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Bodog Poker for Beginners

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If you've felt left out of conversations when your friends start talking about MTT and STT, Sit n Gos or any number of conversations about online poker and you've always wanted to play, but...   Sometimes taking the first step is like trying to broad jump the Grand Canyon.  It's intimidating.  Take a minute and read what Bodog Poker does to take all of the mystery and guesswork out of getting started in online poker.

The first thing you need is an account - signing up for a new account doesn't mean you have to put any money into your poker account.  The easiest way to set up your new account is to download Bodog Poker through this link.  It's also the best way to get your account since PokerWorks has special promotions with Bodog Poker that give you opportunities you won't find anywhere else. Once your download starts, just follow the instructions on your screen.  It's completely FREE and the download takes less than 10 seconds if you have a fast connection!  Once the installation is finished you'll find a Bodog Poker icon on your desktop and clicking it will open the poker lobby.

Now you are just a few steps away from playing your first game of poker.  First you will choose your player name; it's the name all of your friends will look for when you are going to meet up for some online poker time, so have fun with it and use your imagination.  And you can personalize your table identity by adding a player image to your game. It's optional and if you aren't ready for that right now, you can always come back to it.

As soon as your new account is set up, you automatically receive 1,000 play chips in your account and you can play at the play money tables. If you spend some time in play money games and aren't winning any chips, you can always add another 1,000 in play money chips to your account once your balance drops below 500. Just click on the tab 'My Account' in the Account & Preferences section and then select 'Play Money.’ Playing in play money games will give you a complete guide to the play of the game, how the betting is done, and you can chat with other players and see how they play their hands and what position they play the hands from.  This is a great learning tool to teach you how to bet your own hands and what card selection range you should be in according to the number of players in a hand and your position at the table.  You can even take notes on players.

When you are ready to play for real money, because you signed up through PokerWorks, you will get a great first deposit bonus and be eligible to play in special freerolls and promotions. To deposit real money, just open the Bodog Poker lobby and look for the 'Make a Deposit' button at the top of the main lobby window and follow the steps. When you are asked for a bonus code, use POKERWORKS to become a PokerWorks' referred player.  And you qualify for a 110% up to $1100 deposit bonus when you make your first real money deposit.

Once you have your real money account set up, you can also play in freerolls that pay real money.  Freerolls are tournaments that you can enter absolutely FREE but if you place in them, you win real money.

When you make your first deposit, you'll also notice that your poker account started with 50 Bodog Poker Points.  As you play in real money games - both in tournament and ring games - you receive points for time spent playing and for tournament fees and for your contribution to a raked pot.  You can use your points to buy in to regular tournament events and play for real money and trip packages to big Bodog Flight Club Events to the world's finest poker tournaments.

There are many other reasons to start your online poker career at Bodog Poker today and PokerWorks will keep you informed of all the new and fun adventures coming up.

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