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  • Is Online Poker a good way to help Study???

    So I Have not played at a live hand in years because I just completely stopped playing poker after having a family and putting more towards my career. Recently I have really gotten into Poker again reading whatever books I can, watching the poker channel and watching what moves the pro make in tournaments etc... Well anyway I became a premium member here and I live in PA where PokerStars PA is a legal online site. I have won quite a few sit and go's won some cash game and of course lost some but for some reason I feel the strategies that I am learning just don't apply. There are a lot of call stations with low cards who just hit on the river 90% of the time. If I see for instance 2 hearts hit on the flop I know have to bet big because someone will hit the flush on the turn and its crazy but happens I would say at least 70% of the time. Now that I have my vaccine I feel that I. should just hit the $1/$3 table at my local casino and just play live for the first time since re-learning poker again and maybe the strategies that I apply will be more realistic live. I am unsure. Does anyone have any advice or if you are a winning online poker player do you have any advice or strategies. Thank You.
    Last edited by pryan6484; 03-18-2021, 09:42 AM.

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    In my opinion, it's not. If you are playing for money, you aren't practicing. And online and live are very different player pools. And online, if you don't have a HUD, you are throwing away money. And if you do have one, well, you won't have it in the live games. If you have a local casino, you should go there. The games are different from (and anyway probably weaker than) the online ones.

    I would note one other thing. You say "there are a lot of call stations with low cards who just hit on the river 90% of the time." This is not true. It cannot be true. It is bad thinking. There may be a lot of calling stations, but they hit, on average, the correct amount of time. You have to deal with that objectively or you are starting from a bad place.


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    • pryan6484
      pryan6484 commented
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      Thanx for the response what do you mean by having a HUD. Sorry don't know what one is.

  • #3
    If you are constantly losing at microstakes, you have a leak in your game. I just started playing poker again after 4 years. Last time I played I won around $800 playing 2NL. This time I won $500 at the same stakes. I do not put a lot of hours in. You do not need a HUD to play online poker and be successful. The truth is, HUDs may never be allowed in the US again, so you have to adapt. I would play as much as possible at microstakes online to work through some of my problems, before moving on to higher online stakes or playing online.

    Thanks!

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    • pryan6484
      pryan6484 commented
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      I think you read the post wrong but thanx for commenting anyway. The post was asking if online poker was a way to go to study. Not that anyone was losing. Was asking if its better to apply the tools learned on this site to a live table as I feel online hold different types of players. What online website are you playing on?

  • #4
    LOL yes I read it wrong. Sorry about that!!! No it is not the same thing as studying. I play at both WSOPNJ and PokerstarsNJ. Right now exclusively at PokerstarsNJ because WSOP does not have 5NL.

    Thanks!

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    • #5
      I play on PSPA and I'm winning $. I've been a member here for 2 years with no intentions of ending this relationship anytime soon.
      Online is generally tougher than live and online is great for getting better because you can play many more hands per hour.

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      • pryan6484
        pryan6484 commented
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        Thanx for the response. What stakes do you play on Pokerstars PA?

    • #6
      Since you asked what is a HUD, it means "heads up display" and it crunches all the hands you've seen on a player and provides running stats on how they play. Unless the site you are on prohibits them, you can assume everyone else has one, and if you don't have one it's a huge disadvantage. But, if you get used to it, you won't have it in live.

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      • pryan6484
        pryan6484 commented
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        Thanx for the response. I use Pokerstars PA which is a legal poker site and cannot use a HUD.

      • LondonImp
        LondonImp commented
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        I'm 99.9% sure you can use a HUD on Pokerstars PA.

        kkep?
        Last edited by LondonImp; 03-19-2021, 10:31 AM.

      • kkep
        kkep commented
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        Yes you can legally use a HUD

    • #7
      Pryan6484- What stakes do you play online?

      Thanks!

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      • pryan6484
        pryan6484 commented
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        Only been playing 0.25/0.50 since I am still learning and a good amount of sit and gos

    • #8
      I believe you can learn anything from any game of online poker free or otherwise. Lots of "real" poker player don't give credence to free play games but I find many of these guys cant beat these games and blame the players. I would argue that these games are tougher to beat but playing them builds discipline and can be beat. I also hear from better players that they dont get any juice from the game and well all I can say to that is... time to call 1 800 G A M B L E R. IMO once you get to the 1000/2000 fpp cash and 100,000 fpp tourney level, they play like cash 1/2 and $100 tourneys.

      In any event, there is something to learn everywhere.

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