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by: Chris Bibey.
Believe it or not, there are many differences between online poker and playing at a land based location. In fact, some of the best table poker players struggle big time when they try their hand online.

Online Poker: Do you know the Details and Tips for Success?

There are many details that you must deal with online that you would never even come across at the table.  For this reason, many people will agree that it is much more difficult to win at online poker.

Here are five details and tips that you can use when trying to compete online.  They may not make you a total success, but they will go a long way in helping you to become a better player.

1. The biggest change when going from table to online poker is that you cannot see your opponent.  With online poker you know that you are competing against other players, but when it comes down to it you will never lay eyes on them.  This means that you will have to adjust the way that you gauge and track the other players. You will have to spend more time looking for tendencies, and obviously, less time trying to read faces.

2. Many people are surprised to find out that online poker moves a bit more quickly than it does at the table.  This is not necessarily a problem if you are ready for this type of speed.  But for people who are trying to relax, online poker is probably not the right game.  The second that you slow down your competition will speed up and pass you by.

3. When you play poker at a table you can see what is going on and who you are competing against.  Furthermore, you know that nobody can be cheating for the most part.  But when you play online poker this is something that you must be aware of.  Many times players will try to join the same room and then join up to beat the competition.  So how can you beat this type of fraud?  Simply put, your best option is to play at a reputable online poker site.  The more reputable sites have monitoring software and are constantly looking for people who are breaking the rules.  If you cannot keep an eye on things yourself it is always nice to know that somebody else is. 

4. Since online poker is so different you will want to take your time when getting started.  You may want to do this by playing several free games before you ever decide to break out the real money.  By playing for free you will have the chance to get a feel for what the online poker environment is all about.

5. Just like table poker, know your limits.  If you are on a losing streak and cannot seem to break out of it, walk away for the day.  The same goes if you are winning big.  Knowing when to call it quits is every bit as important as having the skills to win.

Overall, online poker is not the same as table poker.  Sure, the premise of the game is the same, but there are many details that greatly differ. 

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