While there are some fundamental similarities between online poker and traditional poker, the two games also diverge on several accounts. Specifically, the widely divergent forums in which these games are played have a significant effect on the experience of play as well as the tactics that players use.
Features and Attractions of Online Poker
While many poker players are self-proclaimed devotees of the traditional live game, more and more individuals are giving online poker a try and enjoying it. The online version offers easier and more frequent access, and unlike traditional poker, allows players to be involved in multiple games at once. One on hand, this means that the attention paid to each individual game may be somewhat diminished in an online forum. On the other hand, players are exposed to wider range of opponents, and gain skill from their ongoing exposure to this diversity.
Transitioning to Online Poker
Online poker is not necessarily for beginners. In fact, it is often recommended that people only transition to online poker after they have gained some experience playing live poker. This will allow them to get a feel for the game before jumping into an Internet version wherein it is much more difficult to ‘read’ opponents and formulate strategies based on their actions.
While there are differences between the two games, skill level is not necessarily one of them. In other words, while some people assume that those who excel at online poker do so with a lesser skill set, this is not the case. Often online poker players have as much or more experience at poker playing than those who have found success at traditional casinos.