The Difference Between Online and Real Life Poker Article

The main difference between online and real life poker is that when playing poker online you cannot see the other players, and thus you cannot find out more about their playing manner from their looks and gestures. Nevertheless, you can realize whether a player is experienced or not by taking into consideration how much time they need to make their moves. Thus, if it takes some time until he acts, it’s very possible that he is a new online player (and thus a more unexperienced one). This also means that in order to be a successful online poker player you have to be able to make your moves really fast.

If you are an unexperienced online poker player we advise you to play with virtual money until you will develop your strategies. After you have done this you can go ahead and play for real money. It is also very important that you are familiar with the game you choose to play. Moreover, view the other players' profiles, in order to find out as much as possible about them and their way of playing. You will be surprised how much this will help you. Also, avoid calling or folding too often, as well as setting too high bets. Another thing you should keep in mind is that if a player bets aggressively, it does not necessarily mean that he has strong cards (he might be bluffing), so don’t let this kind of players discourage you.

When it comes to bluffing, you have to be really careful because it does not always work! You should bluff only when you are sure nobody expects you to. Also avoid bluffing if you have done it recently and were discovered (as your opponents might expect you to). Instead, try to play clean for a while. We also recommend you to avoid bluffing when there are still many players in the game (there are still many cards unrevealed so you cannot know what cards do the others have) as it is quite dangerous. It's also advisable to refrain from bluffing when you have just lost a considerable pot as the other players will expect you to have a weak hand and will probably call you. So what we advise you is to choose carefully when to bluff and when not to as you might get caught, and you wouldn't like that, would you?

Another important aspect to take into account is that you should only bet amounts you can afford, as it can happen so that you lose this amount. Also choose to play at tables that have stakes which suit your skills. Thus, if you are not so experienced, play at those tables which have lower stakes.

When playing poker, patience is of high importance. Thus, do not play too many hands. Instead of doing this wait until you have a really strong one, and not until then choose to call. Fold the weak and mediocre hands. Also it's important to know when to stop. If you have lost several hands in a row, it's better to quit the game for a while. Also stop when you are really upset and cannot focus anymore.

But the most important thing is really that you should have fun when playing poker. Do it for pleasure and you will see that you will enjoy it more than if you'd play only for the money.

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