20 Jan 11

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In current years online poker and particularly the Texas hold’em variant of the casino game has come to dominate our television sets. I’m generally asked to comment on the differences in play between web poker and traditional rooms which I look to set out in this article.

One. Speed of web poker wager on is roughly twice that of real world poker play. The number of hands per hour in a land poker site would be circa 30 per hour at very best, perhaps as low as twenty. Typical internet poker casino game would see 50-60 hands per hour, and anything as much as one hundred twenty per hour for short handed "Turbo" play.

Two. Rake collected by a web based poker room is going to be 5 per-cent or less of each pot whereas brick and mortar rooms will be 10 per cent or even higher. In this regard web bet on is the better value option. Several countries, such as the UK have laws against the taking of rake. Instead they either charge by the hour or by the tournament. This may be the reason that Caribbean Poker is favoured over Holdem in real world betting houses in the UK.

3. The high quality of player located in an on-line poker site will generally be lower than that in land based rooms. There are numerous reasons for this except to truly go to a traditional smoky area sitting down at a table of ten takes an element of confidence that you do not have to have in a web based poker environment. Brick and mortar players are frequently better in that they usually understand the casino game before betting it. By way of contrast your average on line poker newbie has just watched the WPT on the Travel Channel or ESPN. The only exceptions to this that I have identified occur in Las Vegas where you have the full assortment of extremes from holiday makers trying their hand with the best in the world.

Four. Internet poker gamblers can pick and decide on the time of day they play as they can play 24 hrs a day, 5 days a week and do so from the comfort of their own home. Traditional players must plan ahead and obtain to the venue at the due starting time.

5. Web poker players have far more choice, in the number and selection of games to pick from, ranging from free wager on to cash games to tournaments of all sizes. If you want to win a seat at the upcoming 2006 WSOP, then you have to be looking towards web based poker tournaments where a far greater assortment of options await such as satellite entries from as little as $5.

6. Poker Tells between net and real world poker bet on are incredibly different. Land based gamblers spend extra time observing body language and voice tells via opponent questioning than they do observing time delays amongst bets and bet size relative to the possible odds of increased hands. Net Poker Tells have much more to do with timing, wager size, and table position rather than the judgement of facial expression.

Seven. Poker etiquette is more disciplined in land based poker rooms. The net poker encounter can often be spoiled by drunken fools who believe they have Phil Ivey’s skill level even though they clearly don’t. Catch a lucky card in a web-based poker site and you may possibly find yourself on the end of several verbal abuse (through the typed chat system). Phrases such as "you are an idiot" and worse wouldn’t be tolerated in a brick and mortar area but go largely unchecked internet. You constantly have the selection to turn off gambler chat but my preferred wagering style would be to goad the offending gambler into betting on tilt (usually a simple thing to complete). One recourse you do have against abuse is always to report the gambler to the pit boss and they will be either banned from chat or thrown out of the area altogether.

8. Net poker gives you the unique ability to bet on a lot more than one space at a time. Clearly this is not an choice open to brick and mortar players. I know of individuals who wager on as much as six tables simultaneously.

As you can see both environments have the potential for a truly very good casino game of poker. Various experiences to suit various player needs. Personally I don’t have a preference involving the two. I value the convenience of web play, except still love the interaction of a live room.

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