Online Poker versus Traditional Poker: Which is the Best?

Online Poker versus Traditional Poker Which is the Best - Online Poker versus Traditional Poker: Which is the Best?

Online or traditional poker – which one is better? Both types have their pros and cons. The choice of which is best is based on every person’s individual preference. There are several things that are different between the two options and you can decide which one you prefer based on these differences. Some people will always choose traditional poker because of the social factor and others will choose online because of the anonymity, for example. Let’s have a look at the things that may influence your choice.

Online poker rooms have lower rakes. This means that they take a smaller cut of the pot for themselves. Traditional casinos or brick and mortar casinos take a bigger cut because they have large overhead costs and lots of employees to pay. If you want to win bigger, online poker may be better for you.

You can hide your tells with online poker. Tells are things that may indicate to your opponent whether your cards are good or bad and whether you are bluffing. Tells can be something like eye twitching, finger thumping, sweating, shuffling around, etc. When you play online your opponent cannot see these things which give you a better chance of bluffing or hiding your tells. There are other things that may indicate a bad hand or good idea online, though. For example, if you play too fast or too slow it may give the opponent an indication of your hand.

Traditional poker is more focused. When we play online poker we are most likely at home relaxing. However, even in times when you relax the chances are good that some household tasks will distract you. Cooking dinner, kids, cleaning up, etc. may all distract you. This may make you a worse player because you’re not focused. With traditional poker, you have to sit at the table and focus and be present and pay attention to every little thing that is happening. That has its benefits for making you play better.

You can play more than game or table at a time when you play online. With traditional poker, you need to wait for the other players to make their move. For some people, this may be a problem. If you get impatient fast or want to up your daily winnings, you can play more than one room at a time. You can make your move while the other players in one game are making their moves and then switch back again.

Online poker offers the chance to observe your opponents. In online poker rooms, you will typically get the same players playing regularly. You can keep an eye on what the specific players do. By keeping track of what a player with a specific online name does, you can learn how to outplay him or her.

Online poker can be very impersonal and isolated. For people who want to be behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, online poker is great. However, some players enjoy having opponents with them in the room. They enjoy the human interaction, the mind games, and the social aspect. For some players, this is a necessary aspect and one that will always win out over online poker’s impersonal nature.

So, based on these aspects or factors, which types of poker will you like best? Some people may enjoy both and take turns while others will have a definite favorite. Only you can decide what you prefer.

Have a look at this article about subscription-based online poker. It may help you with your decisions. You can also learn more about tournaments and bluffing by reading some of our older articles.


Poker Bluff: How to Do It and How to Identify It

Poker Bluff How to Do It and How to Identify It - Poker Bluff: How to Do It and How to Identify It

Bluffing is an important aspect of poker but one that must be used correctly. Bluffing for the sake of bluffing will hardly ever end well for you. Knowing when to bluff and recognizing when an opponent is likely bluffing is very important. Today, I want to discuss a few points on bluffing to help our beginners out. Watching the pros at tournaments will also help you understand how they see when someone is bluffing or how they hide their own bluffs.

1. Avoid bluffing too much. Beginners are especially guilty of this. You will get a lot further and win more money by bluffing only when you’re sure the situation is right. You should rather play your good hands very well and win that way. Bluffing can work very well many times, but it is risky and if you don’t use it well you will lose.

2. You can use bluffing as a strategy. If you bluff your opponent a few times and show them, you may cause some tilt. They may get frustrated or angry and play recklessly or make bad calls which work to your advantage. This will also mean that they won’t believe you when you actually have a good hand and play it to the end to win.

3. You should time bluffing well. Bluffing is a good strategy when you know that your opponent is likely to fold. If you know that your opponent doesn’t have the high cards to push it all the way, you can bluff because he is likely to fold. Knowing these signs comes with practice and experience and should not be tried by beginners.

4. Study your opponents. The best way to tell when your opponents may be bluffing is to learn how they work. Every player has their tells. You just need to know how to see it. Some players play with sunglasses, hoodies, etc. to keep their opponents from seeing their tells.

5. Know what a tell is. Different players have different tells. You should study a few tournaments and videos to see what type of behavior may indicate a bluff or a tell. Tells can be any small thing that changes in the player, for example, eye twitching, sighing, sweating, head-scratching, face touching, leg hopping, slouching or other signs of withdrawal, etc. Any of these signs and some others could indicate that your opponent is bluffing or may not have as a good hand as you may think.

Bluffing can be a successful way of getting the win, but it is risky. Only experienced players who can manipulate their opponents and read them well should attempt a bluff. Have a look at some more tips here and here.