Online poker has become so big in the last five years, that there’s a whole breed of very capable poker players who have never played a real-life game away from their computer Poker88. These people have no idea just how exciting offline poker can be.
There are two main reasons why online poker is so much more popular than offline poker convenience and speed. It is obviously more convenient to just switch on your computer and start playing whenever you feel like it, and you can also get through a lot more hands online due to computerised dealers and less thinking time being permitted.
Firstly, in the real world you can actually socialize with other players. Poker can become a social event, and more of an enjoyable experience than playing on your computer which can be quite a lonely existence. The chat facility just doesn’t compare to actually talking to other players at the table in live games.
Another benefit is that actually being able to see your opponents makes it much easier to identify how strong or weak an opponents hand is, and whether they are bluffing or not. This is because you can get valuable information from subconscious tells that other players make. In the online world, of course, you cannot see who you’re up against and can only look at the betting patterns and frequency of the other players to be able to identify bluffs and make informed decisions.
Also another thing that offline poker has going for it, particularly in poker clubs or casinos, is the atmosphere and the sense of occasion when you are involved in a tournament. This is especially true when you reach the final table of a tournament when the eyes of the casino are on you, and if you can actually win then it’s an amazing feeling winning in front of so many people.