re: Poker & Online Poker vs Live Play
In threads like this one, there are many different opinions and different views. I would hope that most of these opinions and views are coming from players that are speaking from their own personal experiences.
When it comes to especially poker, I will always respect and pay careful attention to every persons view and opinion that I may read about in a book or magazine, on a forum, at a casino or poker club, etc. Considering I’m trying to take poker seriously, I will always try to improve my play today better then it was yesterday. I will take and try professional recommendations, as much as I may try a recommendation from a complete unknown (at least to me) from a poker forum
. With that being said, I’m not saying that every time I play a poker game
, I try something new. Lord knows, there are enough recommendations out there to probably change your game every day for a year, and then some. I’m certain you understand what I’m getting at.
Yet my opinions, come from what’s inside of me. Being whatever I say, either right or wrong, when compared to another person’s personal opinion, that’s what I’m feeling today as a direct result from my experiences. Not that I can’t have a different view eventually, but what I’m saying today is how I feel today. And not because I lost 10 sng's today to all bad beats. But my overall stats, over a period of time.
When I started this thread about live vs. online cash games, I expressed my personal opinion which is coming from several years of playing both online and live poker. It is only the way I presently see things. I’m open to every post I read, but as for today, whatever I say, is how I’m seeing things as we speak.
My opinion, as much as every post in this forums opinion, should be considered as much as Ian Taylor’s, in his articles about schooling, that AG keeps bringing up. Ian Taylor as been playing poker seriously for two years, and some social playing prior; this certainly doesn’t make his opinion one of the ten commandments carved in stone. Yes everything he says makes a great deal of sense, but so does what I and what everyone else (well most) has to say. His book “Poker Mindset” is based on the psychological aspects of the game. Did he even study psychology? It all sounds good on paper, but even I have more experience playing poker then him, and I’m sure I spent more time playing online poker then he has, considering I started to play online in 2000. Of course what proven professionals have to say is worth listening to ever more, but is what there saying geared more for live play? What these pros say about online poker (always good) is it really the truth? For the right price I would tell you to by stock in Enron.
AG you say “If you are a winning player this is a POSITIVE, not a negative. If your win rate is 8BB/100 hands, and you see about 30 hands per hour live and 100 hands per hour on line, you are making over three times as much playing online”.
The key word here AG is the first word if. And you certainly are right about that whole statement, IF
that’s the facts of course. It certainly sounds great on paper. But what percentages of the millions of online players are actually experiencing those numbers.
What I’m getting at, it’s easy to make suggestions or put some mathematical outcome on any theory. And if for example Ian Taylor’s, mathematical outcome based on his schooling theory, is correct, then all of us online poker players, that develop a good game of course, we should all be making the big bucks soon. Of course only if we were lucky enough to read his theory.
Also AG you mention how the online player should go out and buy all of these software support products, in order to be certain that they’ll be entering an even playing field. Now that’s calling the kettle black. At least we agree on one subject.
On line cash games most definitely can be beat. Damn, I went on winning streaks to the point I was thinking about buying a Mercedes. But before I could get to the dealer, I ended up right back to the old grind.
I truly believe in hard work, just like any other sport. But even after reading your opinions and of those you recommend we read, I can’t say I’m a changed man yet. I only speak for myself and hope my online cash game experiences eventually turns out different.
I love playing online poker, but have become very selective in what I play. It may not be what I really want to play, but for online, at this point I am convinced where my best chances are.