Thursday, December 4, 2008

Good Player Often Play Bad Online Poker

Bad online poker play is not always the result of “poor skills”. In fact, countless players who are great in live games but cant stack up online.

What’s going on here?
The fact is there are several reasons good players can behave like amateurs online.

First, online poker takes away some key leverage points. One is reading tells another is bluffing frequently and another is a solid table image.

Instead, you have to leverage odds calculations, a disciplined hand selection, and increased post-flop “aggression levels”.

And making this switch isn’t an instant thing. It takes a lot of time and energy and willingness to rethink one’s belief and how to play poker.

Another major reason good players “go bad” is because of the bad beats. The plain and simple truth is many people can’t handle the swings. They blame the card room, they call it “rigged”, and they give up.

Don’t let this happen to you.


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