It is as if comparing checkers and chess, some have often said. Live poker, computer-simulated poker, live poker even more recently referred to as online poker. One’s “online”, the other “real”. The two are very different yet have the same target; winning money. That is because the game of poker involves chance and skill, the first type can be learned without much effort, while the second one requires real expertise and experience, that is why experts or grandmasters play.
Some experts have often stated that live poker is the easier way to learn the game. This is because, the pace of the game is slower and players can spend more time analyzing their opponents’ actions and thinking of possible strategies instead of focusing on reacting to every movement of their opponents. Players will also take less risks since they will not be betting money yet but instead playing on virtual chips. However, as the game goes on, players’ tendencies become more predictable and hence their chances of losing increase. Therefore, they will have to change their playing styles and adapt to the slower pace of the online games.
Now let’s return to the question, “Is playing poker online slower than playing in an actual casino?” In my opinion, there is no significant difference between the pace of the game in online casinos and in real life casinos. As for tell telling tells, the cells are the same in both cases. Eyesight is the same, body language similar, and other such physical tells, although they may be slightly different in online games.
In live games, the players will bet depending on two things: their perception of the hands (the current situation) and their preflop or post-flop bets. In live games, we refer to these two things as ‘tells’. What do I mean by this? The two major tell tells in a game are the action (what the player is doing) and the body language of the player (how he or she is acting). Let’s take a look at these two major Tells in more detail below:
In the case of online poker tournaments, you will be presented with two preflop hands. In live casinos, however, you will only see one preflop hand. The reason for this is that online casinos use the table name and the number of players in the table as the indication of the flop. The number of players in a table indicates the strength of the hands dealt and the possibility of drawing a specific card. The strength of the hands is indicated by the size of the blinds and the number of opponents seen in the flop.
As for the physical aspects, there are some significant differences. For instance, in live games the player will see the number of players at the flop and will determine the strength of the hand he has. However, the chances of seeing the same cards on the flop in live games are small compared to that in online games. There is also less room for error. If a number is drawn then you can be certain that all your opponents have it, whereas it is virtually impossible to be sure in an online game. There is also less room for bluffing, which is a big deal in live games because there is no way to determine the number of your opponents without seeing their cards.
The other differences between online and live games include the betting caps, the betting rules (the minimum amount is always higher in live games), the number of bets allowed, the house edge and the tax (if any). Live poker players are notorious for having much softer bets than their online counterparts. Live game players are also known to raise the bets in hopes of hitting a large number of opponents with high value hands. These differences might sound unfair at first, but they actually make the game much more challenging. This is because a skilled player is one who can adapt to any situation and will rarely fold to pressure from his opponents.
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