7 tips for switching from online poker to live poker
You are rather good at online poker and you are used to regularly beating your friends?So maybe it's time to join the juicy live poker games you've often heard about. Wondering how they are different?
Indeed live poker games are much juicier, but if you fail to adapt to the peculiarities of this game mode, you won't be able to win as much as you want or should.
We will present some fundamental differences between live and online poker.
Live poker is slower
By switching from online to live games, you'll be immediately struck by the slowness of live games. Apart from the fact that the game forces you to play on a single table, we notice that the playing time is going much slower. While the online game can give you the ability to distribute at least 80 hands in an hour, you'll be lucky enough to see 30 of them in a live game. When there are fewer hands, it means that there is less play and therefore more trouble. This is by no means a reason to show less interest in the game, it is the time to observe the other players, to stay awake and keep the mind sharp in order to read in their game. This will give you a big advantage when a few hands later, you have to face them.
"Average" tables are smoother
In exchange for slow play, you get smoother "average" basic tables.
Many distractions can appear during a poker game. So prepare yourself mentally.
Indeed, when you play online poker, you think a table is good when it has a fish well stocked in chips.
When your playing limits are between $5-10 or a little less, your average table will consist of two gamblers and two real fish. The table is overall smoother, softer. The regulars (habitual), are much more predictable and the blues are much worse. You will face players so tight that you can be sure that every time they will raise either with the nuts or with AA or KK. These kind of players would be certain to lose online but however, they can still win if you take into account all the blues that play.
Thus, just as it is easy to reach the nuts (max game) and value-better constantly against the fish, it is also easy to play the regulars tight and get them out of the shot at the right time.
Just fold when in return they push all their chips.
The games are very slow and passive
If you come from the 6-player arena, the passivity of live poker games may shock you very quickly. Online, there may be some profit in over-re-raising carpet or in following with AK regardless of your pre-flop position. By doing it live, you're sure to find yourself in every way against KK or AA.
There is virtually no 3-bet light (light over-raises in play). Most players raise most of the time to make money.
Look at your opponents. They could play an entire session without making a 3-bet once. Some prefer to play the flop by following only with AK and QQ.
It will be difficult for you to make winnings if in a live game you often receive AK pre-flop with a mat as deep as 100BB or more. The game becomes more passive overall as soon as the pre-flop is passed. Instead of making raises with draws, players will simply follow in the hope of hitting. They will also tend to under-play monsters instead of setting up a big pot and they will miss obvious value-bet at the river.
Pre-flop limp is widespread
The three points above justify the fact that there are many pre-flop limps in the live games. You can easily identify fish online by simply following the one that's limpe (following the pre-flop blind). Live it's not the same because everyone limp and limp hugely.
If you are trying to isolate; to raise to play a head-to-head every time a player is limpe, you will often end up in flops with 4-5 players.
Several players compete for pots
90% of online flops are played in heads-up flops. Live, only 2 or 3 players usually see the "basic" pot. The more players there are, the more likely you are that a player will have a hand. A tip if you're a pre-flop raiser: do less continuation bet.
A better hand will be needed if you want to win at the showdown.
The parts are deeper
Don't give up on your style of play. If you're used to winning online, you're probably an expert on the game with a 100BB stack, whereas when you play live, you often have stocks of at least 200BB.
Adapting to the deep carpet game may not be easy, but you'll often have to play hands where you'd be happy to reach the flop if you were 100BB deep. When you're 300BB deep, you don't make any profit from it.
When you choose to call, you have to follow with big bets at both the river and the turn.
Play your game as simply as possible
Whether your game is live or online, the goal remains the same: to make the opponent fold before the showdown, or to have a better hand than him at this showdown.
Scrutinize your opponents, examine their gambling habits and play your game, the experience will take care of the rest.
Take off from time to time from your computer, to enjoy peaceful live games that will allow you to socialize and perhaps discover new things.