Originally Posted by -foldemstupid
Hi to all you ppl asking how i Know im a good player live,well I would say of 52 weeks out of the year me and my pals play poker maybe 40 weeks..
Well out of those weeks I would honestly say I have brought home winnings 60% of the time ...but the key is I have NEVER taken a huge loss live.....
So your live play is mostly just against friends? Even if your friends are all great players (and I'd have my doubts), I think this explains it.
If you're used to playing the same group of people all the time, you'll find the game much easier. You'll get used to the way each person plays and will, hopefully, work out ways to beat them over time. There's people I play regularly live whose actions I can almost always predict, but this isn't much use to me outside that specific game.
Poker is about being able to play against more than eight people though. Online, you'll be facing a number of issues that you won't be in your live games. You'll be playing against people you've never played before and have no reads on, you won't be able to see them or 'read' them as easily, and you'll typically have to think and act faster.
Also, while I hate to concede the point, AG is also right in pointing out that, for the stakes involved, online players are usually a better standard than the same stakes live players.
You'll need to move down a long way in stakes online compared to your live game. Live I might happily sit down at a $1-$2 or $2-$3 game, or play in a tournament with an entry fee up to a couple of hundred bucks. Online, I'd be mad to do that.
Have you ever played live in a casino, or even a bar league? That'll be an interesting test, seeing if you really do have a live-vs-online problem, or a your home game vs all other games problem.
I'd recommend reading a few poker books
(AG has a convenient thread where he reviews pretty much every book known to man), maybe taking your live game to a casino to see how it holds up, and / or posting a few hands in the hand analysis section here to get some feedback.