Differences in live vs online cash games

    • armo
      Joined: 07.03.2008 Posts: 451
      Well, its been like 4 or 5 months since I played poker online, but I've played a lot of live cash during the summer though. And there are several major differences in playing styles that I did not notice before

      In online poker most of the players do not give credit to EP open-limpers. Maybe just because too many ppl limp from EP with rags online, but as I've seen UTG open-limpers usually mean that players has at least decent hand.

      Online poker is way more aggressive, players are willing to stack off with just a highest pair, usually not the case in live games. I guess this is related to the fact that usually more players see flop in live games and you actually need better hand to win multi-way pot than playing vs 1 or 2 players.

      In online poker bet sizes compared to pot are usually higher than in live games. Turn and river bets like 1/4 - 1/2 of the pot in live games are so much more common than 2/3+ pot sized bets which are quite common in online games.

      In live games it's so much harder to let go big pairs like kings or aces since you don't get to see them so often :)

      Also live games are so much slower (duh) than online games and you have more time analyse and rember the opponents betting patterns and moves. If you are playing the game in the same company you can't play that much straight-forward poker, you have to randomize your bet/raise/call patterns because your opponents also have time to study your moves. Of course if you are playing in casino vs drunk tourist group, just play straight forward poker, no fancy moves required there :D

      Feel free to post your observations whether you agree or disagree with my ones.
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