How did you know you were "ready" for your first time playing live Poker?

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I want to play live the first time, but I'm not sure, if my skill level is high enough to keep up with my competitors. So how long did you played online and/or studied before you startet live?
Unfortunately in my surrounding the buy ins aren't that cheap ^^
 
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I want to play live the first time, but I'm not sure, if my skill level is high enough to keep up with my competitors. So how long did you played online and/or studied before you startet live?
Unfortunately in my surrounding the buy ins aren't that cheap ^^
I think, I played over 10 years before attending a live game.
But when I travelled to UK in summer 2019 to visit someone here from CC, I checked out what MTTs are going on in this region and realised, that they are really cheap compared to here. Therefore, I played in 3 MTTs in this summer and in the second one I was running pretty good to reach the FT and agreed to a deal. At the end I had some reasonable plus there.

But even, if I felt "ready" for this by online experiences, this was a complete different experience. I was completely nervous, my hands where shaking and so on.

Around 3 month later I had to travel to UK again to play in the 888 Live London MTT to which I just freerolled in, Buy-in was around $1.2K or more and I was used only to play low stakes so far. Of course I was nervous like hell again and unfortunately I dropped out short before the money. But I was there and all costs for hotel, buy-in were payed.
It was an thrilling experience. Somehow I just think, you need to grow with this live thing. :D
Just try it.
 
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I have to say I absolutely was not ready to play live the first time I tried. I had played poker online for maybe a couple of months before I went to play in a live game. I don't know what the buy-in is near you but the buy-in near me wasn't cheap either. I still dove in head first!! I tell you though in the end I was absolutely eaten alive!! Ha it was a fun experience though. And one thing that was nice was I was so nervous and shaking that I know I got a couple calls because I think my nervousness and shaking made people assume I was bluffing. I absolutely agree with whiskers though ^^^ try it out! I ended up losing each buy-in (I only played cash games unfortunately, no MTTs) but like I said it was a fun experience and I know I learned a lot about playing the game in a short amount of time jumping into those live games.
 
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I want to play live the first time, but I'm not sure, if my skill level is high enough to keep up with my competitors. So how long did you played online and/or studied before you startet live?
Unfortunately in my surrounding the buy ins aren't that cheap ^^


You really just have to go for it.

You have to bring severals buyins to the poker room.

You must realize that you may go through a buyin or two before you get the hang of what is going on.

If you can't afford to lose a few buyins then your bankroll is not proper for this endeavor.

One solution is to buyin light. This will provide more buyins with the same bankroll.

But not every game can be played successfully as a small stack. For example a small stack will have less maneuvarability - may not be able to set mine with small pairs - etc.

Scared money won't win in live poker.

Good luck !
 
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I probably wasn't "ready" but had to just dive in to learn!
 
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The only way to know is to try. If you feel the urge to play live, then you're ready!! :cool:


Live poker is a totally different experience than playing online- so I don't think there is an amount of time you can spend playing online that will prepare you for it. If you're worried about the buy-ins being too expensive near you, that is understandable. Save up some side $$ and play. You can do it ;) It's like ripping off a bandaid, you just have to decide to do it and afterwards, you wonder why you didn't do it sooner :D It's fun to hang out with other people who enjoy the game, play with real chips and maybe make a final table.

Good luck!
 
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Very different

Spoiled by online poker rooms it was a little awkward for me to transition but after my nerves settled it was a really fun experience. I started playing live right after Black Friday so that was more out of necessity than anything but I can say this. Expect to lose some buy ins. Evaluate your play directly afterwards and plug them leaks. Also, expect loose play at the 1/2 tables. You will be surprised at how often you run into a player willing to stack off 200$. Good luck!🍀
 
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I started out playing live poker but also played online when I first started as well. Played a 20 buy in tourney and won. From then on I caught the poker bug [emoji218]
 
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To be honest, I don't feel "ready" I mean 100%, however When I knew basic things how: avoid to passing tells, chips tricks and how to stay focused on game.
 
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I had issues playing live last time but sorting them out, was quite distracting and took away from focusing on strategy…reading people, and overall was a just a waste of mental energy.

It included things as simple as
How to properly fold cards (sounds simple enough but I apparently did not do it right lol, at least at my last tournament) I understand now but you might be in for a shock if you play live that you think your folding cards correctly.

Explanation of blinds and antes at level change, I still am clueless why there were orbits of the old blinds and antes when the level changed. Took up way to much energy trying to understand it.

Min bet sizing, I should know this basic concept but the computer does it all for you online, just knowing the min bet size you can do when deep in a tournament. I was so flustered that I wasn’t even factoring in steady bet sizing by that point.

It was two years since I played last but I did alright and excited to keep playing, I am a visual learner and with time I will be comfortable with the fundamentals and not waste time on superfluous details and can exercise strategy confidently.

I am always open about my faults cause my end game is to make money over time. That and to have fun of course :)

ALSO: I invested in a high quality mask so my glasses will not fog up, that ish took up way too much time messing with my mask and glasses..


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I started with live poker . I did play some games before it with my m8s & watch some vids and read book or two , and though I was ready and prepared . It was a terrible mistake ! :)

I would advise you to practice with your friends before you start , and watch out for everything that can give you any kind of info (tells/ranges/bet sizes/reading your opponenets...) , and practice those . They are very important .
But if you're confident in your game, and have a bankroll for the game you wish to play , you can always try and see how it goes . GL
 
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I only played live poker while studying in Minsk. But everything was simple there, a small buy-in, and the premises were not suitable for this. We played with friends for fun. It was great, but I still want to try playing at a casino with a buy-in of at least $ 500.
 
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When you find money you are not afraid to spend on poker then you are ready. I think.
 
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I'm just the opposite, I started playing live. I see you mentioned the buy-ins "are not cheap", so I assume you'll be playing in a tournament and not a ring-game. I believe the biggest obstacle is going to be the time in between folded hands. I'm not sure if every tournament in every cardroom/casino in the country has a 'hand-clock' but if they do you might be okay. I write this because most players that transition from online to live play struggle w/having down time during play. There's not another table to go check out or scroll around in the lobby or any other activity that would normally consume the average online player. If you have a decent level of patience then I think you'll do fine.
 
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I was much younger, but realized I wouldnt make it counting blackjack under modern rules. Anyone can win at poker if they choose the right table.
 
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I would really like to play poker live, but where I live poker is not very popular. Almost no one plays it (
 
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I think you know you a ready when the urge to not play live just becomes unbearable, I played online for 2 years untill I went for it,
I was nervous at first but after a couple of visits the nerves do subside, now I much prefer to play live and the standard play at a £1/1 or 1/2 casino
 
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The thing about poker is how we got into it. We found the game fun. To know if you ready or not means you maybe looking to win some cash. While that's what we all want i would not suggest looking at it that way. I would look for a small tournament that would be fun to play. Once in just play and enjoy the game for entertainment value. You just might get a surprise and win the whole thing or just cash but just enjoy the time and play.
 
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Many players are in the same boat as you, whether they are first time players or just a casual player. If you know how to play the game, you shouldn't be concerned about others, but about your game.

Play as best you can, split up and try not to make mistakes. Having fun during the tournament will make the prize money and will be just a bonus. Enjoy poker.
 
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I found that a live 1-2, is like .25.50 online
 
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They didn't have online poker yet when I started. Well...I think Planet Poker was already up, but nobody really knew about it much. That was my first online site, I miss it dearly along with Party.

It was almost all limit when I started, I didn't know you're supposed to check in. I walked around the room, found an open chair at the stakes I was looking for and sat down, lol! It wasn't until a few times later I found out about getting on a list.

Just go do it. After a couple sessions you'll feel comfortable. You're gonna do silly stuff like act out of turn cuz someone has their cards hidden, or fold out of turn, but you'll learn all that quickly.

I think the hardest part was keeping track of the pot size. When I played limit it didn't matter, but going to No Limit, it's really nice having the Pot amount displayed for you.
 
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OK, this is probably not the story you wanted to hear but it's still technically a first time live poker experience, and if you've had live moments that made you think 'wtf', reading this might give you an insight into one possible answer to the 'what?' in the actual fck.

I knew I was ready before I even knew what ranges are. or heard the word before. How did I know? Well. A recent acquaintance of mine had stolen a fair chunk of my disposable income from me (won't get into the details, makes me grumpy still) and I knew their workplace, a rather large store at the other end of town. I showed up there to get my money back and couldn't find them.
You might be wondering how I knew I was ready to play live poker because of this - the answer is quite simple.

Not only did I not find my target, but did somehow manage to lose quite a bit of additional cash while looking for them there. Not having slept for more than a day at that point, it made me lose my mind. I looked for my cash for 3 hours even though any actual work done in that time would have translate into twice as much money, but I was fuming like a cigarette bum ready to start a forest fire.
That's where I remembered: Finding my way to the thieves workplace, I saw the local casino was right next door and also, a straight beats a flush. Or the other way around? Ahhh nevermind I thought, whatever is better I'm sure gonna be the one have it and then I'll take off with enough to forgive my sinners debt and be as much at peace with myself and the world again as I would have been after a few hours of good sleep. Mediocre sleep would probably have done it too.

So I check the place out, the minimum buy-in is just a little less than I had left for recreational stuff after rent etc. at the time. So I bought in for a proud 1 and 2/3 of a BB more. Amounted to 35BB, who would not be scared of that, eh? One double-up and I will have as much money as I had before I got robbed.

So I start 'playing' at the only open 9-max table, sitting down with a feeling like all the stacks are gonna be mine by the end of the day. The dealer politeley asked me 'Do you want to wait for the big blind or post a blind now?' and I'm like 'Huh, the big wut? Post it where? I don't have Facebook.'. OK, obviously I didn't say that, but I might just as well have.
First hand I get to make a decision, the pot is about the size of my stack on the flop and I thought 'wow, what a moment to join, wild action!'.
The next 10 pots seem even wilder and I fold every hand for probably one and a half rounds. Finally, I get AQ. It was AQo, but if you could get a pocket full house in Poker, that's what it looked like to me. I can't believe my luck when everyone folds to me (I'm in the hijack, but I had no idea about positional differences either) and I bet 3BB vs. the blinds and co. The small blind shoves instantly. I think. I call. And things get awkward. They are asking me questions again and I understand nothing. Probably someone said smth about running it twice. Also they don't show their cards, so I don't show mine either because I'm so full of adrenaline that I can't talk or think and don't even know if everyone is all in at all. They probably thought I was slowrolling aces on them or smth since I didn't wanna run it twice (actually I just couldn't open my mouth to say anything). After the river is out, it takes me 4 attempts to count from 1 to 4 and be sure that there was no fifth card to be found that gave me a straight. They had 99 and flopped a set. I stand, no rebuy, everyone half bursts into laughter but most folks politely hold it back until I'm off on my bike again.

I think it's quite a miracle that I still developed an interested in poker after that honestly traumatizing experience...

By the way, the thief eventually paypalled me my money back, all it took was 10 phone calls in 3 days, lmao. But I didn't dare to ask them for penalty interest ;P
 
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Before you play live, it is important to know the rules in a live-game. Don´t be afraid to ask the other players. They will help you. If you have money, you are not afraid to loose, you can start the game. We played tourneys at first and it was fun. At the moment we miss the liveaction. Enjoy it.
 
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i thought i was ready when i played a free entry tournament and i only played with the free buy and i got to the final table and i fell in 2nd place, then i automatically realize i am ready to play live tournaments
 
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When you know the game, all its hands, rules, the odds of having the winning hand or when to cheat your opponent, I consider that you are ready to play fully with real players, but that is if I would recommend that you enter playing in a tournament with a entry not so expensive for you to gain experience and who knows if you can win something in a tournament or just play with friends betting little, that is if you don't get excited and want to spend a lot of money on your first time, just be calm and prudent when play.
 
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