Ten years ago the poker landscape was very different from today. Many poker players claimed that online poker players were the “value” and that most of the game’s sharks operated in the live arena. Make your own mind up whether or not that was true.
Today, the online poker has grown significantly and is deemed to be a lot tougher as the standard of play has improved over the years. The live poker scene has also seen big growth and many, in this day in age, see it the softer of the two.
Some people just play live, some just online but most play both. It’s got us wondering. What motivates players who mainly play online to turn up to live events these days? Time to hunt out some players who started out online and ask them why they started coming to live events.
“Now, I live in the (United) States and I don’t get to play that often so I go to a live stops to play online while I’m here and play a few of the high buy ins that are floating around.”
Charlier Carrel, “I think the main motivation I play live events is down to the longterm EV of money, which I hate to say. It’s just because the game is softer (than online) and there’s more breadth to it. There’s more room for improvement; there’s a bigger edge to be found and I find myself slowly moving away from the online world because so much of it is about learning software and learning how to use programs that other people have made, which is not really working of your own merit. Basically, anyone can do it if they put time into it but I’m sure other people can do it better (than me).”
Vicente Delgado, “My motivation of playing live is for the glory. Online you can play more tables and have a better hourly (earnings) but I play live for the titles!”
So it’s worth getting yourself a PokerStars account if you don’t have one. Come and join the fun!
Main Event update
Busted #IPTMalta AQ suited into AK all in pre for 40 k blinds 1200/2400 good spin before but unlucky
— Kellyann Heffernan (@Platinum_kell) October 23, 2015
At the other end of the scale, Andreas Chalkiadakis has lost the chip lead he came into the day with as he’s dropped back to 270,000 which is still good for a top-ten stack. He had a difficult start before recovering yesterday so he won’t be getting down-hearted.
The top five at the first break (according to Pagano events):
Yohan Cohen (Israel), 452,000
Henry Broens (Netherlands), 326,000
Denis Strebkov (Russia), 310,000
Loius Cartarius (Germany), 290,000
Francesco Lombardo (Italy), 290,000
For full details of the tournaments on offer, and when you can register for them, click here.
Updates provided by Marc Convey, with photos coming from René Velli and Tomáš Stacha.