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Online poker vs Live poker

September 14th, 2015 Comments off

With the prominence of online poker in the modern day, there’s an ongoing debate over which is better to play. Both have their pros and cons, but many of us are left wondering if it’s really a big deal or not.

The first issue to look at, as you might have guessed, is the earning power of each game. With online poker, it can take a fairly long time to get up to a comfortably profitable level, but once you make it there the online arena can prove quite rewarding. If you’re good enough, you could be raking in 50% ROI at mid-high stakes on most online programs. With live poker, it’s much harder to put enough volume in to get a measurable return, and although we hate to hear it the house always wins.

 

Another, slightly low-key issue of live poker, is that it’s much harder to concentrate on playing your best game. With online poker, you’ll be playing from the peace and comfort of your own home, and if anyone decides to tell you how you misplayed your last hand over the chat, you can silence them with the click of a button. At a live game, you’ll not only have to hear these idiots, but it’s common courtesy to actually pay attention to them. This gives online poker a pretty significant edge if you really want to lose yourself in the game.

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Big poker tournaments

September 2nd, 2015 Comments off

Tournaments, especially larger events, are one of the most exciting, edge-of-your seat ways to play poker. While players of all budgets and experience levels enter tournaments online and in life, there are many common strategy mistakes made by almost everyone.

Many players, both rookie and veteran, will approach tournaments with the same strategy of a cash game. Big mistake. In tournaments, especially when a lot of people enter, you need to divert your attention away from the pot and more towards the chips you actually hold. Tournaments are all about survival; once your chips go, so do you, along with any chance of bringing a prize home.

In a lot of ways, poker tournaments are like being a kid at a large fairground. When you first arrive your pockets are bursting with money, and you can ride whatever you want without really thinking about it. As the day goes on, you’ll slowly but surely have less and less money, and maybe make a few hasty decisions when it’s getting close to closing time. Just remember to keep your head, and see the bigger picture.

While you’ll figure out your own strategy and patterns in tournaments, the general rule for approaching it is to play as tight as possible, then loosen up the further you make it. By conserving your chips for stronger hands, or simply when the competition has thinned out, your chances of winning will improve greatly.

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