We will not talk about benefits of playing in internet before offline playing, but we will see what advantages/disadvantages, specifics has the poker online.
Unlike offline poker, online poker playing sessions usually are much shorter, players at the table are changing very often, rarely a player plays more than one-two hours in a row. As a result, the players do not have time to determine opponents playing style, it is hard to have a reputation for a short period of time. It is impossible to understand when the raise in flop was made by maniac and it is possible to re-raise or by tighter and it is better to drop. The same is for reaction on your actions. By default, it is expected from a new player that he is middle adequate, but the majority will want to check your raise, so you have to bluff carefully.
One more distinction of online poker is the fact that nobody can see each other opponents and there are no real poker chips. There is no need for the online players to care about saving “poker face” – no need to worry that the look, sweat on the forehead or trembling hand will show up your bluff. Sometimes to move the pack of chips at the table is morally harder than to click the mouse. These factors influence online poker players behaviour resulting into more tricky and risky. Players bluff more often, more slowplay, check-raise etc.
Finally, online poker players often are not concentrated on the game. Somebody watches TV, talks on the phone or checks e-mails at the same time. Somebody is playing 2-3 tables simultaneously. It means that minimum attention is devoted to the game. Online players often look at the table only when they are playing themselves. it is clear that this is not the best practice, the more time is devoted to the game, the better you you’re your opponents, the better are your odds for success.
The abovementioned specifics of online poker allows to give the following recommendations:
1. Try to take away all distracting factors and devote all your time to the game with the purpose to “crack” your opponents more quickly.
2. Do not rely on your image, it is just impossible to be made. Do not rely that your bluffing raise will pass only because you have been playing tight for the last hour.
3. Do not be easily infatuated by poker tricks. In online poker the opponent plays according to the strength of his cards first of all, not thinking too much about your cards, so it is not necessarily that slowplay will bring you additional benefit, and bluff also is not often successful.
One more specific of online poker relates not to the psychology of the game, but to the internet – opportunity of disconnection of the player during the game. So that the player would not lose money because of the this, majority of poker rooms while disconnection make disconnect all-in. It means that the player's cards shall not be dropped, but it is considered as the player has gone all-in on the amount of the made bets. Once the player goes all-in, a side pot is created, and the all-in player can only win the portion of the pot that was present at the time the player went all-in. The remaining money of the pot are played between the remaining players (the same approach applies while ordinary all-in). The number of all-ins is limited to 1-2 per day, if the player abuses this opportunity (generates all-in when he does not intend to bet much money), he may be deprived of all-ins.
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