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It’s never an easy thing to do, but changing over from the online poker tournament world, to the live poker events out there can be an excellent decision when all is said and done. There are quite a few reasons for this, but it’s also very important to remember that making this change is not exactly an easy thing to do. One of the first reasons that players pick up playing more live poker events, is the fact that the prize pools can typically get incredibly large, especially if you can find a live poker tournament that offers a guarantee in it. Even if you can’t though, events like the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour offer staggering sums of money to the top five finishers. Today, we are going to take a look at exactly what you will need to focus on in order to make the change as simple as possible, and also to become a profitable live poker tournament player. It’s important to know that in live poker, you are up against a completely different lineup of players than you are online. Now, this isn’t to say that the players are always better, but there they simply play differently live, and play well also!

Reading Players

Oh what a difference THIS is between live and online poker. Reading players is something that is almost impossible to do in online poker tournaments, unless you are simply reading their style of play. You get zero tells, and no way of reading into how they are talking either. Some people will choose to chat online, but that really doesn’t give you much information. In live poker tournaments though, you can read into how players play each hand, things that they do when they bluff, and also different tells that they have throughout a wide range of hands. It is a huge benefit for live poker tournament players to be able to read players, so why not take advantage of this when you are heading towards a nice big pay day?

Speed of Play and No Multi-Tabling

Online poker allows players to see an incredibly large number of hands per hour than live poker does, and this even stands true for poker tournaments as well. While many online poker players use the option to multi-table, in order to not only see more hands per hour, but also to avoid making mistakes in big tournaments or cash games; this option is obviously not offered in live poker tournaments. Players who play in the live events simply have to sit back and play only the hand that is dealt to them, which can definitely be a bit slower. This is why it is very important to pay attention to your opponents at the table, and keep yourself occupied so that you avoid making any types of mistakes. These mistakes that can be made can include playing too loose or too aggressive, and also betting too big or too small into a pot!

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