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Online Poker is a No-Brainer

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I used to play “live” cash games and tournaments at a local casino every weekend. I enjoyed it because I was new to the game and wanted to practice picking up information from other players. I also wanted to get comfortable with playing live poker. The first time I stepped into a casino, I was extremely nervous and played terribly. It took several sessions for me to get over that. Once I did, I was anxious to get back into the room to play as much as I could.

I played a NLHE tournament every Saturday which, I thought at the time, had a decent structure. You start with 2500 chips. Blinds began with just one $25 BB and 15 minute blind levels. Starting the tournament with 100 BB’s sounds pretty good but, you quickly discover you’re lucky to get through one full orbit at each blind level. Some players just weren’t accustomed to playing. They had to be constantly reminded when the action was on them. Also, you could come across a dealer who wasn’t dealing as fast as you’d like. Although I final tabled that tournament several times and brought home some nice cashes, I got tired of the pushmonkey play that ensued after the 8th blind level.

I also spent a lot of time at the live cash tables after I busted out of the tournament. Again, the action was much slower than online. You could go a few orbits without seeing a real hand. It forces you to open up your starting hand selection and get creative. I’m happy I got all the experience of playing live poker but there are just too many benefits to playing poker online.

Good table selection is so important to being a profitable cash game player and it’s very cumbersome to find the right table in a brick and mortar room. You can waste a lot of time moving from table to table until you find the right one. Online poker rooms make it extremely easy to find loose games and move around.

Multi-tabling is another huge benefit
to playing online. The ability to play several tables at once or even on multiple sites makes online poker very attractive.

Additionally, while we all appreciate the long hours and hard work from our live game dealers, there’s no tipping in online poker. Tipping can add up too.

Tournament structures are much better online. Play an online tournament with 15 minute blind levels and you’ll find you can get through many orbits during each level. Again, multi-tabling is a big benefit here. You can have several tournaments running at once. If you bust out of one, just fire up another. Many of Bodog Poker's guaranteed payout tournaments even have an overlay. When’s the last time you saw a live tournament with an overlay? Probably never.

Convenience is another factor
favoring online poker. You can find a poker game anytime, day or night, and play in the comfort of your own home. You can stay home with the family and still donk it up with A-Jo as you please. The closest casino to me is only 30 minutes away. But, I choose to play poker online for all the benefits I’ve mentioned here.

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