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April 2, 2013

If You Can’t Play Online Poker, Play Live Poker

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There are a lot of US players who have been missing playing Texas Hold’em since Black Friday. Even though online poker (for money) is not a viable option for US players right now, you can still play Texas Hold’em at a lot of places these days, live in a bricks n mortar casino. Sure, it takes some adjusting, and you will probably need to take a shower and put on some deodorant rather than sitting around playing in your underwear on your laptop as you can do online, but it is worth it and it will strengthen your game.

Depending upon the state you live in, you might find that casinos have different laws as to what forms of Texas Holdem they will allow. Sometimes you will be stuck with $1/$2 Limit games. Sometimes you will be able to find tournaments, sometimes not. Obviously, if you live in Vegas you have it made, you can play pretty much any type of poker you want between the Aria, Venetian, Bellagio, Wynn, etc etc. But even if you have to adjust your game to your local spot, it’s not a bad thing and it will improve your overall poker playing. Yes, Limit games will play much differently than NLH games will, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t play them. There is something to be learned at pretty much any poker table you sit down at and as a poker player, you should take advantage of the lull in online poker to work on your live game.

If you have any tournaments in your area, you should practice up and then think about playing a WSOP event here in a couple of months. No need to pay the $10k for the main event, there are dozens of NLH events with a $1500 buy in that pay out $100’s of thousands of dollars to the winner. Heck, there are tournaments every week at a Scottsdale AZ casino near my house that only cost a few hundred to event, but often pay 5 figures to the winner. Not only that, these tournaments attract some really good players for you to test your skill against. Sure, you will find the hackers as well that think pushing all in with A-8o is a brilliant play, but you will find those online or anywhere else to.

The point is, if you are a poker player, you need to branch out and get as much experience as you can in as many different poker venues as you can. This experience will make you a better player both online and off. Why not give it a try?






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