Pound for Pound: Advantages of online poker over live poker
Since the online poker industry boomed in the beginning of the 21st century, these online poker sites are reaping the benefits of the rapid technological advancement in the global scale. Aside from having millions of players worldwide, these poker sites can hold huge live poker tournaments, get brand ambassadors who are World Series of Poker bracelet holders, and place advertisements all over the internet. However, despite the success of these online poker sites, live poker at brick-and-mortar casinos and poker houses still thrive in the foundation it laid decades ago. Las Vegas, Macau, and other gaming hubs in the world are still alive and kicking and haven’t lost the glitz and glamour that attracts poker aficionados worldwide. With these things mentioned, let us examine what are the advantages and disadvantages of playing poker online or live.
To begin with, playing online poker has many advantages. One good thing about online poker is that provides players an alternative in case there is a shortage of poker tables in their country. In Slovenia, there are only a handful of casinos where poker players can hone their card skills and compete with the best Slovenian players around. However, because of there are only a few casinos in Slovenia, poker players have problems waiting in queue just to play poker. This is the reason why professional Slovenian players are at the bottom half of the ranking of poker players worldwide. While neighboring countries like Germany and France have a lot of poker players who already have millions of tourney earnings, only Casey Kastle from Ljublana has joined the global millionaire’s club. Fortunately, there are online poker sites like PartyPoker Slovenia where Slovenians can sharpen their poker skills without having to wait for a long time just to finally get a seat in a poker table.
Aside from providing a training ground for future pro players, there are also lots of advantages that players can reap from playing online poker. Imagine the hassles of having to dress up, drive all the way to a casino, pay entrance fees, exchange cash for chips, and look for a decent poker table—all of these things you have to experience before you can actually play. In online poker, you can just fire up your laptop or any device capable of online poker gaming, open the program or go to the website directly, and start playing poker in a matter of minutes. Another advantage of online poker is that you are in control of your gaming. You can start and stop at your convenience or in case you already suffer from a losing streak. The only disadvantage of playing online poker is that you are not playing vis-à-vis with other players, which means there is no way you can read their situation with their facial expressions, eye movements, etc.