This is a discussion on Is it true many start to play online before live? within the online poker forums, in the Online Poker section; I started to play online before live... dunno if that is same for you? :laugh:
i think the majority play online first over live because of the accessibility, anonymity (to a certain degree), and convenience especially during the heyday of the mid-late 2000s. personally i got my first taste of poker playing live during college. that experience was a complete mess and i was clearly the fish. i stopped playing live realizing i needed to up my game and knowledge so i switched to online for years before getting comfortable playing live (this time in vegas).
That's definitely what happened for me. Being able to play online is so much more comfortable than trying to go out and mask all your physical tells. It takes away part of the game, but the convenience is so worth it.
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As soon as poker went on line, players were drawn to the game in a manner many were not drawn to casinos.
At this point I would not be surprised to find well over 90% start playing poker on line. For one thing, there are play chip formats where you can learn and develop your game. Secondly, the convenience - not just in terms of enjoying playing in the relaxed confines of ones own home, but many have little or no access to live play in casinos.
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I also started playing online. Here in Brazil there are no casinos, they are forbidden across the country and the nearest one is in Uruguay. What we do have in only a few cities are poker clubs. Once I played a live tournament and it was held in a hotel event hall. The only other time I played live were in home games with 9 ppl all friends,
I played online before live, only cause casinos, didn't have Texas hold'em. They had other cards games, but once texas hold'em, got big in live events, I loved playing live. But I would say I think , most people experienced online first. Well that's how it was ,for my family members and friends.
One can learn with lower stakes online than in casino as you can play as low as 1c/2c games and not worry about losing money. So that's why I think a lot of people prefer online first nowadays. I did the same thing myself.
I started playing live first. It all began with a single table tournament with some friends. I learned how to play poker that night and hit a full house on the last hand to win it. All I can say is I was instantly hooked. I started regularly playing the 1/2 at a local casino near my college town. And moved into online cash games during COVID. I don’t think it matters where you start, as long as your comfortable with the stakes your playing at. Although starting online opens the door to seeing multitudes of more hands and gaining experience faster.
Undoubtedly, most of them participate in online poker first and many, like me, do not know live poker. If you are curious about poker, playing online is very easy, it is comfortable and also free, in a few minutes you are experimenting at table games.
I started playing poker long before there was an "online" let alone online poker. LOL!! While I have been happy playing online since earlier this year, I still prefer live tournaments and games. I love feeling the cards and the chips in my hand, the sound of the chips rattling as they are tossed into the pot, and the social interaction with other players.
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I started playing card games in my teens and learned a lot of different types of games, Cribbage, Don, 3 Card Brag and of course 5 Card draw and Stud Poker, But never even heard of Holdem until it was televised in the late ninety's.
Watching the pros play on TV, I became interested and decided to learn more about the game, I took to the internet and discovered a lot more than I expected. Playing on some sites like Pogo and Facebook for points and soon discovered Pokerstars where I played the free-rolls.
It took a while to get into the money but once I did I thought if I can do it on-line why not play for real in one of the local pubs, A close friend had heard of a local game and the buy-in was only £12.00 so decided to give it a go. I never did make the money in those tourney's.
But I did pretty good in the side games, I remember one night getting busted out early holding a full house, beaten by 4 of a kind. and my friend went on to make 4th place and won £20.00.
He asked me how I had done and said I got busted early, and he said Yes but what about the side games? I just replied oh them! yes I am up £120.00 and his face dropped.
Here I am playing in the tourney all night, finished in 4th place for £20 and you take home over a hundred from the side games, he yelled!
That's Poker! was my only answer to him.
I started to play live , and being playing live for about 4 years but playing like once or twice every two months for the better part of these 4years .. i would say that i really got into poker and actually put in effort into learning how to play 4-5 months ago , and started to play online poker like 2months ago
I think that would depend if there was online play for some when they started. Internet is only in the last 20 taken over <3
I guess how you answer is a precursor to your age <3
I was a child when I started with poker. Cards were something that you did to past the time <3
D&D was another way...if that does not show my age :P then maybe my atari will <3
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not in my case.. i started playing home games, than i went to casinos and now i play online. im actually starting to play less online because there is nothing like holding the cards, betting with chips. looking the other players.
I actually learned to play from a video game. That was way back before there was a such thing as online, let alone online poker. But as far as playing against other people, I would play my cousins or some of the other neighborhood kids. As I got older, I began being invited to games, but I typically did well and didn't get invited back. So when online poker came along, I was excited for the chance to compete against more skilled players.
In todays day and age, I suppose the majority of players take advantage of the availability of the internet and online poker. For instance, when my daughter wanted me to teach her to play poker, I didn't reach for a deck of cards. I fired up my computer and showed her some online tutorials. Then I logged into my account and had her watch as I explained what I was doing and why. Eventually I began letting her play as I watched and answered questions. Finally, we creating her her own account and she was able to win the very first tournament she played in. It happened to be Limit Hold'em, which I have never done good at. So go figure that one.
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I did. Anyways I think its kind of natural if a player start playing online Poker before live Poker. Since it's free and you might learn and prepare a lot in case you want to try live Poker afterwards.