Playing Live or Online Poker?
While mechanically they are the same game, i.e. the hands are the same and players bet and bluff in both games, there are quite a few differences between poker live and playing it online.
Right off the bat, when playing online you see way more hands per hour, while even at a somewhat fast-paced casino table, you are likely to not see more than 30 hands per hour. This might frustrate players that are used to playing poker online and they will often get bored. Although it may be nice winning a lot of money online, it can’t compare to the thrill of winning live trophies and getting the resulting promotions. Playing poker online requires a more solid understanding of the game, since the main factor for success is making mathematically calculated decisions, while in live tournaments you’re much more reliant on your ability to read people. Get some tips about playing online here.
One of the biggest differences when playing poker online is not being able to actually see your opponents and vice versa. According to experienced live poker players it is way easier to profile opponents while playing live, even more so if they are not too experienced and easily give away their ‘tells’.
Another difference is that people ‘call’ more on online poker. From a psychological point of view it’s just easier to press the button to call than to actually count chips and throw them into the pot. Players are more confident in playing from their homes than playing in a casino. When playing online there is no one trying to study you and staring at you to see how you react.
It’s not hard to understand why players might play more carelessly online due to not having to handle actual money or chips. This is both a good thing and a bad thing, depending on whether you can make intelligent playing decisions.