Originally Posted by Gunner57
I play 1/2 NL (my live BR is being built) at my local casino and the skill levels and from what I have seen is you have to play your villan more than what you may be used to online. With Online many people are very set in how they play and can be predictale. With live play styles and personalities are different every time I sit down at a table (also 1/2NL is entry level so automaticly I am going to get larger range). No table you sit at acts the same way.
As a Live player you need to adjust your game to your table and villians a little more than online. Think more strategicly and less on math (math still important but not everything). Your style and tactic should be determiend by your opponents, your style of play, and how you think you can win the most. Overall I think you need to be a better rounded player to be successfull live.
Live play IMO is more difficult and overall different than online. Live you have to have patience (each hand takes longer), and are constantly working on observing villans and analyizing hands. There are less hands per hr so you need to make the most of your hands and reads. Online you see so many hands that you have a lot of oppertunity to sit back and wait and play by the #s.
Also with live play the rake is a lot higher! so you need to build up pots to be profitable.
Anyway dont expect to play the same game Live as you play online... It wont be met with much success IMO. Play the player instead and adjust your game.
In my opinion, and also the opinions of the majority of poker players I know, micro limits all the way up through high stakes, online and live, would completely disagree with everything you've said above about live being more difficult. Low limit live plays so much more fishy that it isn't even funny. IMO if you can't beat low limit live, you can't beat micro limit online, unless it's strictly the money that you're scared of.
The only parts of your post that made any sense were the parts in bold. One thing that someone transitioning from online(or even someone just starting out but they watched poker on TV) doesn't realize is how many less hands you're going to be playing, so online and beginning players are very prone to become bored with only playing 1/3 of the hands they normally would be an hour(if they were single tabling online that is, MUCH less if they are multitabling). Also, you're correct, rake live is higher, but you're also able to get more for that rake(free drinks and such...)