Various skills and knowledge are required to win at online poker, and those skills are quite different then what normally works well in a live poker game. Many reasons exist as to why the same poker strategy you employ in a live poker game just does not work as well in an online poker game.
In order to learn how to win at online poker, you must first grasp the basic understanding of what is going on ‘behind the scenes’. In a live poker tournament, factors such as the deal, physical tells, and bold plays will affect the outcome of each hand, whereas, online poker overwhelmingly lacks these basic circumstances.
For instance, cards dealt in an online poker game is controlled by a computer-generated program that barely mimics a true random deal such as in a live game. Moreover, you are unable to detect ‘physical tells’ by your opponents, thereby making it more difficult to tell if other players are weak or strong. Standard poker strategy such as trapping and bluffing become more difficult online, since the primary skills of poker are absent in an online game.
Furthermore, because the deal and the randomness are created by a computer software program that can follow a particular pattern, in some cases it makes no difference how skillful you play. For instance, in a live game your pocket aces are normally an 88% winner against any random hand. However, in online poker. Those odds usually do not hold true, because of the algorithms used by online poker sites.
What this means is that normal skill used in a live game, becomes less important and less effective in your quest to win at online poker. The explanation for this is that the software actually controls which hands and which person may win, regardless of the true live odds. This fact has been proven in multiple studies conducted by several poker and software professionals in an attempt to learn how to win at online poker.
The result is simply that a computer generated software program controlling the outcome of hands is ineffective when a player wishes to use their learned skills in online poker.
The answer to win at online poker is to go along with the program and adjust your play according to the algorithms used by the software. The only true way to defeat the computer-generated codes, is to learn how they work and emulate and adjust your play to win at online poker.