Both online and live poker have their own unique attributes, presenting players with distinct challenges and opportunities. Online poker unfolds in the digital arena, marked by rapid gameplay, anonymity, and an abundance of resources. In contrast, live poker embraces the traditional, face-to-face setting, characterized by the intrigue of physical tells, a more deliberate pace, and the art of interpersonal interactions.
If I had to choose three words to describe live and online games I would use the following:
Live Poker: Loose/Passive/Inelastic
Online Poker: Tight/Aggressive/Elastic
Still, live and online poker are essentially the same game with live having an extra element of information: the ability to look at your opponents to get more information.
As a player that specializes in making conclusions based on information on my opponents and making exploitative plays, my preference is for live because I immediately start with a lot of information. I still play online, but not nearly as much as I used to for the above reasons.
Here, we’ll look at the biggest differences between online and live poker and my thoughts on each:.