re: Poker & I Suck at online poker
First of all, me too! Also, there are many many different things about online versus live play. Online, you really have to be a volume player to make money that's worth making, otherwise, just play for fun. The main difference though is that I think it's easier to tilt online when donks destroy you with mediocre hands because it's easier to get click happy making bad moves than face the live embarrassment of making bad moves. Even more important is that in live games, people play more predictably. It's more rare to find people play absolute trash live and get lucky in my opinion than in online poker. People tend to piss money on the dumbest hands online, and not care, but get lucky and piss off the good players. Also, you have a much better edge live as you can read people while in online poker, you can't. A lot of people are use software to help them make better decisions, not to mention the occasional collusion between players. I think you'll find people online playing a much wider range of hands preflop and it's hard to guess what they have, but live, I think it's easier playing a post flop game, as people will call pot odds
that are way beyond what they should be calling just to chase that gut shot straight, and I think this is where much money is made playing live if you wait for the right fish to come play in your game. I definitely think it's easier and less volatile to find fish that will play you in live games, but in online poker, you're facing hard to read opponents, those that cheat (which in reality is not a big problem, but it does lower your odds slightly), people who play hundreds of hands a day, and know the field pretty well, donks that might trigger a bad temper, and also the fact that games go by much faster online, and losing three games in an hour might cause you to go tilt, while in live games, it would take hours, but that spread might give you enough time to cool off. Also, at least in America, there are barriers to keep a good majority of fish from playing online poker for money, e.g. depositing/withdrawing barriers. The same people who only know how to deposit with a credit card but can't figure out any other options to deposit are the same people who want to be playing with. It's definitely much easier to figure out how to drive to a casino and get drunk, and drop a few hundred dollars for some of these people, lol. If you really want to make money online, you really need to practice good bankroll management, and learn to play at least 4 tables at a time. If you simply want to be a winning player, but don't like to multitable, you don't have to, just good bankroll management is good enough. If you like high stakes relative to your bankroll, then unless you have a recreational mindset, and you just want a quick gambling fix convenience of playing at home, don't expect to be a winning player, at least in the short run, because volatility gets most people, and it gets them hard!