To play online or to play live? That is the
question. But to answer it requires
knowledge of the difference between both.
So basically what is the difference? Well apart from the obvious, there
are quite a few, sure it’s the same game in principal but unfortunately that is
where the similarity ends.
is a faster paced game with as many as 50 to 70 hands being played out at most
online tables, add the ability to multi-table and the possibility of playing or
trying to play 2, 3 or more tables at once and the hands per hour rate could
enter the many 100’s of hands per hour.
Live play is a more sedate paced game and the average hands per hour
tally drops to more like 20-30 depending on the dealer’s ability. So now this means that with many more hands
online available to play your win expectation can go up, it does however also
mean that you can go broke quicker.
Playing more hands per hour and possibly multi-tabling can mean that you
loose focus on each individual hand and table and opponents can blend, you have
a higher chance of mixing up reads and betting patterns which forces you to
play the cards more and the player less, something I’m not a huge fan of. High quality poker players play the player
more than just the cards, any player can win with the best hand, the real skill
is wining with an inferior hand by outplaying your opponent.
Live poker brings another element to the
game, the social side of poker, the table talk, the physical tells come into
play, the game is a different challenge when everything from your attire to
your speech is analyzed by your fellow players.
Beware that every player at the table watches you from the moment you
sit down, do you portray confidence?, do you dress well or shabby?, how to you
handle your chips?, do you stack them neatly or loose?, and it a reckless pile?,
its all being noticed. So playing many
more hands online does have advantages in that your ability to learn the game
can occur so much quicker, the experience gained in 2 months at a live card room
could be gained in days via an online room, sure the play my be different and
the experience not all that social but the basics of poker are all there.
What about the players? Online rooms gave many thousands of players
the opportunity to sample poker who may never have summed up the courage to sit
with others at a real live table, thus the quality of play from these players
my be deemed to be a little below par. Now whilst this may be true, there are
dozens and dozens and online poker professionals making serious money from the
comfort of their own home, imagine never leaving your home, playing a game you
love and making serious money. So with
serious poker professionals and basic beginners all mixed through the online
poker world, the challenge is to select the correct level and adapt to each
individual circumstance whilst playing, your opponent could a twenty something
poker millionaire or a seventy something first time, you have no way of
knowing. The choice is yours, the
freedom of online or the social side of live, each has its pros and cons, all
you have to do is decide.