re: Poker & My first live experience.
Live is usually a higher skilled game. I'm not taking anything away from the online guys, but you any donkey with an internet connection can play online. In order to play live (especially where I am because casinos
are nowhere close) you have to have the determination to find a game, network your way into a game, be smart enough to milk the game but not knock it dead, and be willing to lose real money
. I know, I know, online is real money also, it just isn't the same. Having 100.00 of your hard earned cash in a pot right before your eyes is a unique experience, and I have had much more than that on a table at one time.
There is no substitute for table time, further, there is no table time like live table time. I quit playing online about 2.5 years ago because I burned out on it and I got involved in some lucrative cash games locally. I decided then, that live play was better for me. I tend to have a pretty good read on people fairly quickly unless they are very, very good. In my estimation it takes a completely different set of skills to succeede online vs. Live. Additionally, if one ever plans on playing poker professionally or semi-professionally you will at some point have to have that live experience to fall back on. You definately don't want to go into your very first tournament with NO cash game experience.
There aren't many Moneymaker stories out there and I venture a guess that there won't be many more like him in the future. Sure a lot of unknowns will win events, but most of them are going to be rounders wherever they were from or have competed at some level in a live game situation. You have to have the skills that live games bring if you want to be successful in tournaments and the like.