From Online to Live

    • Evante
      Evante
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      Joined: 07.12.2009 Posts: 833
      Hi guys I need some pointers.

      I been playing online poker for around 4-5 years and well now i been "forced" to play Live(soon).

      Basically, I been earning living of poker but now shit is going happen and I have to move out of my comfort zone and play live.

      I am going to be playing live tournaments and I am worried that i am not going to be able to adapt to Live games due lack of stats(or totally none).

      Any pointers like how to determine range, 3bet%, fold to 3bet and stuff.

      Thanks in advance
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    • metza
      metza
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      Joined: 28.01.2012 Posts: 2,220
      Originally posted by Evante
      Hi guys I need some pointers.

      I been playing online poker for around 4-5 years and well now i been "forced" to play Live(soon).

      Basically, I been earning living of poker but now shit is going happen and I have to move out of my comfort zone and play live.

      I am going to be playing live tournaments and I am worried that i am not going to be able to adapt to Live games due lack of stats(or totally none).

      Any pointers like how to determine range, 3bet%, fold to 3bet and stuff.

      Thanks in advance
      There are programs that can do it, but you won't be allowed to for most casinos.

      Most live players are so bad that you don't really need to know what their stats are. You can generally make rough guesses about their ranges from what goes to showdown. Its easy to relax since you're one tabling, but there's a lot of info on villains out there in live games if you're willing be observant at all times. I generally am too lazy since when I play live its mostly cash game vs mega donks and I just wanna enjoy myself and not being a massive spewy fish is enough to win in those cash games.

      If you are playing live MTT you must have very strong mindset. Because hands/hr is so slow, live MTT is probably the roughest form of poker in terms of variance. Good luck x10.
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      Here's some general advice:

      There're more fish, adjusting too much is better than not enough because a lot of players are completely 1 dimensional.

      I'd say most people don't bluff, if you don't know the player initially assume they aren't bluffing. Obviously this isn't true for everyone.

      Read a book on live tells, a lot of people will say they aren't that important but other people will be using them against you so at least be aware of them.

      There's a lot of quite strict rules about raising and calling by putting chips in. If in doubt, verbalise your actions before you move chips around.

      It's really hard to stay alert when the action is slow and everyone is going on about the suckout they had at an online freeroll 3 weeks ago but paying attention to what's going on will make a big big difference.

      Remember you'll have to be a lot more patient than you would online. Bad beats tend to hurt a lot more because you get so few chances in a night but it is what it is so don't get frustrated

      Get an app or something to record results, it's really easy to lose track otherwise.

      If you can make enough money to live off online I'm sure you'll beat almost all live low stakes games but if you've never played live I think it's well worth playing a couple of low stakes/freeroll pub games first as practice to get relaxed beforehand.
    • mineriva
      mineriva
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      Joined: 30.04.2008 Posts: 913
      read my blog I do 2 to 4 sessions a week live. Each session 4 to 6 hours.
    • DecMate
      DecMate
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      Joined: 25.01.2009 Posts: 939
      Uh Oh, real lyfe poker.

      Live is a breeze compared to online, honestly. Players are so soo much worse, all you have to do is pay attention to each player which you will find pretty easy if you can multi-table online.
      Find out if they know the basics, most of them will just be complete fish who just haven't got a clue. They wouldn't be able to beat NL2 online, for real.
      Good luck anyway dude.
    • pitabread189
      pitabread189
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      Joined: 30.12.2013 Posts: 195
      Live is really easy, the only hard thing about it is not falling asleep at the table :f_biggrin:

      If you are a winner at any game online, just go play normally (don't get impatient, don't spew, don't play pit games) and you will not have trouble beating live games.