Free Article 7 - Online Poker vs. Live Poker

For hundreds of years, poker has been played in taverns, casinos, pubs and homes across the world within a group of people all looking to outwit their opponents by trying to pick up tells on each other to give themselves an advantage. The tension that can form from high stakes games means that the game of Poker has been incorporated into numerous movies, with some films being completely dedicated to the game. However, over the last few years there has been a new breed of poker joining the poker world, which is the ever so popular online poker game.

Many poker players enjoy playing poker online because of how easy it is to find a good game without needing to leave the comfort of your own home. You can play at almost any stakes you want to suit your bankroll, and you can always find action at your desired game and limit no matter what time of the day. Furthermore, the game speed is much faster online than it is at a live table, as the cards are dealt electronically and there is no need for a dealer to manually shuffle and deal the cards in between hands.

There are a number of online poker rooms out there offering their services, so there is no shortage of players, games or tables at your disposal. It is a good idea to compare online poker rooms before making your decision on which one you intend to sign up with, so that you can get the most from online poker depending on your needs.

So far it sounds like online poker has a lot to offer when compared to live poker, but what does live poker have over the online game? Well the one undeniable advantage that live poker has is that you have the chance to sit down face to face with other players for a real poker playing experience. It is great fun playing online, but there is nothing can replace the thrill of battling against opponents in a live arena and experiencing the excitement of the game first hand.

So which version is better, live or online? In my opinion they both have their pros and cons, so I don’t think its fair to say that one is completely better than another. Some players will comfortably say that live is the best because there is no substitute for playing against real people, but this is more just a matter of opinion.

On the flip side, there is no substitute for the simplicity and ease of use of online poker, and you will never find as many tables or limits on offer in a casino as you would in online poker. I believe that every player should try and get a healthy mix of online poker as well as live poker, and use this mix to improve their overall game.

If you are solely an online player, it is well worth your while giving live poker a shot because you will certainly find it to be a very exciting experience. Similarly, if you are purely a live player, you should sign up for an online account and give online poker a try, you may find it more fun than you think. All in all, it is good to keep a bit of diversity in your game and play in both the live and online formats of the game. But whatever you choose to do, just make sure you’re having a good time playing poker, as that’s what poker is all about at the end of the day.

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