Posted by Jean Robert
The skills and knowledge required to win at online poker are quite different then the skills and knowledge used in a live poker game. There are several reasons why the same moves and techniques you employ in a live poker game do not work as well in an online poker game.
If your desire is to learn how to win at online poker, you must first have a basic understanding of what is happening ‘behind the scenes’. In a live poker tournament, many factors such as the deal, physical tells, and bold plays will affect the outcome of each hand, whereas, online poker lacks some of these basic circumstances.
For example, the deal in an online poker game is regulated by a computer-generated program that scarcely simulates true random deal in a live game. In addition, you are not able to witness ‘physical tells’ by other players thereby making it more difficult to tell if your opponent is weak or strong. Plays such as trapping and bluffing become more difficult online, since the primary skill in poker is absent in an online game.
Moreover, because the deal and the randomness created by a computer software program can follow a particular pattern, in some cases it makes no difference how skillful you play. For instance, in a live game your pocket aces are normally an 88% winner against any random hand. However, in online poker those odds usually do not hold true, because of the algorithms used in the random number generator (RNG).
What this means is that normal skill used in a live game, becomes less important and less effective in your quest to win at online poker. The explanation for this is that the software actually controls which hands and which person may win, regardless of the true live odds. This fact has been proven in multiple studies conducted by several poker and software professionals in an attempt to learn how to win at online poker.
The result is simply that a computer generated software program controlling the outcome of hands is ineffective when a player wishes to use their learned skills in online poker. The answer to win at online poker is to emulate the program and conform your play according to the algorithms used by the software.
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