The training ground for beating the live casino games. Like you use a batting cage for learning how to hit baseballs the online poker arena is where you learn the correct strategy for playing your hands and opponents.
There is no substitute for learning how to play strategically sound poker if your goal is to make money from this game.
The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle
Yesterday I fired up some tables of $10NL games because
I’m a sadist it is the nearest equivalent in terms of skill level to the £1-1, £1-£2, and £1-3 games that are commonly played in the casinos of the UK today.
Players have a general tendency to:
- Play too loose pre-flop
- Call too much post-flop
- Go on tilt
There are also far fewer strong players in these games so you will also fair much better against the competition.
If you are wondering why my poker client looks like a cockpit HUD from Flight Simulator ’97 its because I’m using Hold’em Manager 2 which tracks information on opponents in your game that you have played hands against. Stat-Tracking software comes in very handy when you want to multi-table as it means you can concentrate on the action but it is not necessary to be able to beat the live games just a useful tool we can use to obtain reads and tracks our sessions.
These stats from that session are pretty accurate to how I usually play online and in live casino games 20/16/5 (VPIP/PFR/3bet).
If you can beat the Micro’s you have the fundamental skill needed to beat the live games but there are some subtle differences that can land you in trouble if you play them exactly the same way and that’s where I can help.
I have played millions of hands online since 2002 and when I started playing live casino games regularly in 2014 I couldn’t believe the gap in skill-level between the two for the amount of money at stake.
I made it my purpose to adapt the knowledge I had to beat the live poker scene.
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