Poker Tournaments-Online vs. Live

Even if you are exclusively an online poker player, there is still nothing quite like playing live, especially when it comes to tournaments. It can be an exhilarating feeling when you first touch the cards and stack your chips. But there are more differences between live tournaments and online tournaments than just the equipment. Here are a few to keep in mind when you venture out from the safety of your home.


One of the most glaring differences you will notice when you try your game in a live tournament is that the structures tend to be much worse than online. To the unsuspecting, it doesnt seem like it at first since live tournaments often have longer blind levels and larger starting chip stacks than their online brethren. But unless you love ultra turbos and playing short-stacked, you will soon realize that your everyday tournament at a casino is not nearly the skill competition that you would like to envision. The two main reasons for this are blind jumps and hands per hour.

Playing Style

As with anything in poker, what you will see from game to game, tournament to tournament, varies. But from my experience, players tend to be tighter at the outset when playing live compared to online. I attribute this to people feeling more committed to a live tournament, they made the trip to the casino and planned on making a day of it, so they dont want to bust out before they even get comfortable. Even if they fail to make the money, they want to stretch their entertainment dollar as far as it will go.


When we play online, we have all the comforts of home within reach. We can run to the fridge to grab a snack, take a bathroom break without having to run through the casino, grab a phone call, or watch television, Whatever we would normally do in our house, we can do while were playing. We can even take our laptop with us if we need to change venues.


I personally enjoy playing on-line in the comforts of my own home.  Test out your skill level by logging on to and try one of their multi-table tournaments.  It will help your skill level when you do decide to go to the casinos to play.  Then you can choose what you prefer to play.  Some people are better in casinos and some are better online.

February 10, 2011 by : Posted in Poker No Comments

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