Originally Posted by vanquish
While this is true, it is argued that it is easier to identify patterns in people's betting, irregular behavior, and other clues that allow one to label a player as a certain "type" (image) much faster than in live action, merely because of the absence of other distractions and the rapid rate at which hands are played.
An example here is:
The player two to the right of you raises from CO, you re-raise from SB, he folds. After you do this twice, he should already have a label on you as a player who will re-steal from the blinds, and will likely adjust his game accordingly. Of course this may not be the case at $0.1 SNGs, but it is generally true.
Exactly. In Killer Poker Online 2
John Vorhaus notes that the "context density" is much higher online than live (chapter four). Not only is there less conflicting data/information to filter (other than player betting pattern), but you see (similar) situations far more often and in a shorter time frame as well.
If you wanted to figure out if the bb was an easy target for your button steals in a live game you might have to wait hours before you obtained enough (even if only two or three) samples to make a decision; whereas online, you can get this read much much faster.
It's the same for your opponents: if you are coming over the top of someones raises every time they enter the pot online, or if you are stealing someone's blinds every time it's folded to you on the button online, you can be sure that it is getting noticed. While 'folding' might not be as noticeable as doing one of the more aggressive/active actions, it still gets noticed (even if only on a semi-conscious level). In a live game, however, so much time might pass between these actions that unobservant opponents may not necessarily see the pattern.
Because of the deep context density online, image matters a lot more
than live. Even your most unobservant opponents will be forced to notice how tight/loose you have been playing-- there's just no possible way for them not to. They may ignore
that you haven't played a hand in forever and still call with KTo (at certain $ levels), but that doesn't mean that they didn't notice.