Newbie questions...transitioning from play money to cash
I'm new to the site and came here to seek advice about switching from play money poker to cash poker. I have spent a bit of time reading PokerStars
cash site but didn't find much info there. I have not yet signed up or deposited any money.
As a bit of background, I've been playing off and on casually for about a year at PokerStars.net for play money and I have gotten to the point where I am winning pretty consistently. However, I have not studied or obsessed about poker and after reading a few threads and info here and elsewhere, I can see that I am way behind the curve when it comes to online poker lingo, terms, etc. (HUD, TAG, villian, etc. are terms I have never even heard before, and I was pretty surprised to learn that people are playing many tables at once...I only play one and only very rarely have played 2 at once.)
I don't have any frame of reference for how my results stack up in the real world, but I have about 4 million play chips accumulated during that time, with about 1 million coming in the last week I've been playing, if that says anything at all about where my game is.
Here are some questions I have about playing for cash online:
-How much different is the play and skill level of player? Does the fact that I'm winning consistently with play money say anything about my game if I were to play for real money
? (I always have thought that people play in ways that they wouldn't if they were playing with real money)
-Is PokerStars at decent place to play cash games? Since that is where I play now, it seems to make sense to stay there for familiarity's sake unless there is a compelling reason not to.
-Do the games play the same was as play money games? ie, can you just jump onto a table with whatever amount of money you want and play for as long as you want and then leave as soon as you want, or is it more tournament oriented or do you have to buy in with certain amounts? Any other differences? (I have been in Vegas a couple of times but didn't play poker because I either didn't want to play an entire tournament and/or didn't understand the betting structures of the games.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, advice, etc. and I'm sure I'll think of more questions as i go!