You might have heard a lot from the doyens saying online poker and live poker functioning in the same way. Players are dealt two cards, the blinds are posted, a flop/turn/river turned, betting happens, the pot awarded to the best five cards, people win or lose tailed by the hand ranking chart. However, they might sound kindred, but there are not too many connections playing online and live poker when it comes to the environs, dynamics or overall decisions. The debate will never come to a satisfactory conclusion since the bifurcation ratio differs in the set of skills and abilities. We bring you few major differences between playing poker online in India and playing live poker tournaments in India.
Slow or Fast
You might find live poker as a slow game due to the number of hands you will see during play. One other reason which can frustrate online players is that they cannot play multi-table in live poker. In live poker, you cannot play more than 25-30 hands/hour whereas in online poker in India, you can even play more than 100 hands/hour if you are playing multi-table. Apart from that, you will have to store all the database in your skull as hand histories aren’t automatically saved as in online games.
For online poker, you need a lot of calculative skills like the ability to control tilt, analyse your opponent or more over your own play and making quick decisions especially if you are multi-tabling. For live poker, you need to be easy-going as you cannot play multi-table, basic understanding of seat selection, spotting tells or any other clues and thorough records as you cannot rely on the tracking software.
What is it about?
Online poker is all about playing your Ace game, firing up as many tables as possible as it is more about volume, rake back, a highly developed multi-tasking ability, position, stack, the ability to manipulate bubbles, a balance of aggression, a complete understanding of ranges and of course different tracking software like HEM and Poker Tracker. Live poker game relies on different parameters such as the cost of traveling, choosing the tournament and the game and most importantly reading your opponents.
Even before a community card is dealt, you will recurrently be heads-up to the flop or even pre-flop with all-in and call situations that validate many more pots go multi-way at a live table in comparison to online table. In an online game, fewer players are constantly calling pre-flop raises, so you will see far fewer multi-way pots.
Live is livelier
In live games you get the opportunity to meet like-minded people which can make the live game livelier than online games which are somehow too pasteurized, can create ennui and you just hop from one table to another, centring on rolling money and not on chums playing on the table. Live is way more fun!!