Since the free online poker tables consist of lots of beginners, but also lots of people very careless with their betting (mostly because they are beginners playing with free money) if you really set your mind to it you should be able to win a lot of free money just by taking advantage of the loose cannons at your table. Whoop-dee-doo – it’s just fake money, but that’s OK – it’s a great place to learn to beat others at poker. Think of it as hitting golf balls at the driving range.
Don’t just look at your cards – watch the other players. When you fold, don’t check your email – pay attention – learn what your opponents are willing to bet on, learn who will bluff and who won’t. You will see who knows how to bet and who does not, who will bluff, but then chickens out, and you will see who will only bet holding a pair of aces. The free tables are loaded with “obvious people” – otherwise called “fish” so it’s good practice to not only learn how to spot them – but how to take their chips.
Online poker is no different than real poker – you are going to lose hands. Even when you do everything right, you will lose hands. You will also make goofy mistakes. The key is to realize and accept this fact, and try to keep it to a minimum. Learn from your mistakes and keep playing.