Pros and Cons of Online Poker
Is online poker legal in the United States? It is like comparing checkers and chess, some have said so. Online poker, a relatively new game, much more akin to an online board game. One’s “online,” the other “online.”
Online poker has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade. First it was just a few select websites, but now there are hundreds of sites. The question most asked is it legal? Is it safe to play online poker? Online poker has many dangers, including fraud, identity theft, and bad beats, which are where players need to be careful. Some would say that it is not as dangerous as playing “straight” poker at a real table.
With live games, poker players have a better chance at raising much softer stakes, thus resulting in much higher winnings. This is because a small stake game is much harder to lose. With the small stakes, more than half the pot will be in the winning player’s pocket, and this makes the game much more even. With online poker it is all about the percentages.
In live games, it is much slower because the action is spread out over several tables instead of one. The delay can cause players to feel in danger because they may think they have no chance at winning. One table is slower because that table is usually full, and another table is slower because that is a huge tournament with high payouts. The math of averages shows that people will tend to stay in the same tables they are comfortable with for much longer, making online poker much slower.
Further, online poker sites actually force you to play multiple tables. This creates an environment where the house always has an advantage. Players are playing against each other, so there is no real emotional attachment to one’s house. The competition for lower stakes is fierce, and the house advantage is very large. If you want to cash in big pots, then you need to play multiple tables. You can also increase your risk by betting on multiple times, which increases the risk reward.
Live Poker provides more opportunity for good players and bad beats. Good players know how to identify bad beats and play against those players. Bad players generally don’t know how to tell when they have a bad beat. By playing online poker you are increasing your odds of getting a bad beat because you are playing against other players who don’t know how to evaluate a hand.
Online cash games allow you to raise and re-raise with much greater freedom, but they are also much slower. This is because there is only one table to play at a time. This gives online players a distinct advantage because there are not as many tables for you to play at, therefore there are more hands and more time for you to analyze the flops. Online cash games are a great way to develop your skills because you have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and get better. However, this doesn’t mean that live poker is a negative experience.
You should always be aggressive when playing against other live players, but at the same time, be aware of your own weaknesses. For example, if you are a tight player, then you will want to raise on both flops, rather than folding to your opponents’ bets. By doing this, you will be able to put together a strong continuation bet with your opponents. If you are a loose player, then you may want to take your money in on the flop, so that you can wait for strong bets from your opponents. By playing tight and being patient, you can improve your overall hand ranking, while developing your own style of play and sticking to it.