Why is online poker so much harder than live? (Complete with rambling)
Hey everyone, I virtually never post anything here (although I visit and read regularly), but this has been bugging me for a while and I needed to ask someone. This might be a long post filled with plenty of rambling (venting), so for anyone reading this, thank you, and buckle up. Why is online poker so much harder than live? When I was younger, I went through that phase where I thought I was the best poker player around. As the last few years have gone by, i've not only gotten better, but i've also realized that I was really bad compared to now. Overall, i'd say i'm a good poker player. I don't have a huge ego anymore, I can look around a table and honestly say to myself, "This person is really good/better than me". 3 years ago, I couldn't do that. Personal growth is a beautiful thing. I play poker seriously, but not professionally (yet, hopefully). I have a regular job, so how often I play depends on that. Some weeks i'll play 3-4 times, and other weeks, maybe once. I'm pretty solid at both tournaments and cash games, but feel i'm slightly better at tournaments. If I play cash games, I usually stick to 1/3, but occasionally play 2/5. Tournaments, I play anything from small $30 tournaments to $100-200 tournaments. I've kept track of wins and losses, and over the last few years, i've been an overall winning player. I don't need to see the numbers to know that, but it helps when my confidence is down. I haven't played much online poker since Black Friday a few years ago, but recently decided to give it a shot in my spare time, with mixed results. I started on Carbon, and withdrew about $500 within a couple weeks. Nothing to write home about, but it was still nice. I stopped playing there when they did an update around September that reduced the guarantees for their tournaments (September ish?). I've been playing Bovada
and Americas cardroom
for the past couple weeks, and have had almost no success. I've busted a few times, and am just getting crushed more often than not. I don't really understand why. I'm playing pretty low stakes, and I can tell that a lot of the players aren't very good. I'm now looking up at everything i've typed, and am wondering why I gave you a long back story for a couple questions haha, Back to my original question. Is it just me or is online poker much harder than live? Are there any huge differences between the two that i've just forgotten or am completely missing? I'm a pretty tight-aggressive player, do I need to change that up online??