Many poker players now prefer online poker play compared to live play. Some of the benefits to playing online include:

  • No commute
  • No tipping
  • Quicker action/More hands per hour
  • bonuses on deposit / poker points and other promotions
  • 24-hour action
  • Tremendous selection of games
  • You can play multiple tables at the same time

A common theme throughout this book is strategy differences between online and live play. Most of the strategies described in this book could be used successfully whether you play live poker or on the Internet; however subtle strategy differences between the Internet and live games are important to understand. These strategy differences arise from several characteristics unique to the Internet:

  • Short playing sessions: Players move in and out of games a lot more than they do in a live game, so you are rarely playing the same opponents for a very long time.
  • A virtual environment: Players tend to be more deceptive and tricky on the Internet where there is no face-to-face interaction, and betting or raising is just a mouse click away.
  • Internet distractions: Opponents are not as observant playing on the Internet as they are in live games since they sometimes play two tables, read e-mail, watch television, talk on the phone, and many other things that might distract them from the game.