Differences of Home Games and Internet Poker
Even those that have spent years playing Poker home games are now shifting to playing online. If you are among those that are interested in playing on the Net as well, here are a few things that you should consider.
The most obvious difference is that unlike in home games, most online Poker games use forced bets called blinds, rather than the ante (unless it's a 7 Card Stud game). For some this will be the biggest adjustment to make, although in most cases it will not be an issue since most people play Texas Holdem nowadays.
The second major difference between home Poker games and that of playing online is skill. If you play with your friends regularly, then you will be able to win a lot of games even with a minimum skill set because you know them very well.
That is not the case with online Poker. There you will be facing different players from all over the world. Every time you log in or join another card room, you will be faced with various types, ranging from loose aggressive to the fish to a shark. However, if you play in the lower limits (as you should if you are just starting out), you will not have to worry any sharks.
You should also realize that playing online Poker means the competition will be more heated. Home games, by their nature, are friendly, with only a few bucks at stake here and there. Playing on the Net, the stakes can go up much higher. In addition, most players are just more aggressive when playing online.
These are just some of the adjustments you will have to make. However, you can make things easier for yourself. Before you go and play for big money, you should make sure that you are familiar with the way the software works.
Make sure that you know the buttons to push. It also will not hurt to know some Poker strategies as well. This may not have been necessary when you played with your friends, but online, it will be a big boost.
As online Poker spreads, more and more home players will cross over and play on the Net. By knowing the aspects of the game to work on, you will be able to make the shift easily. You will win and profit from those that did not bother to make the right adjustments.