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What's the biggest difference between online (or Internet) poker and "in-the-flesh" play in a real casino card room, or home games?

The impersonal, disembodied anonymity of the Internet demands play that is far more card-based than opponent-based. In most cases, winning play will depend simply on first investing in good starting hands, and thereafter on making only good decisions based on what cards appear next and whatever action takes place before it's your turn to act.

Forget "playing the player" in the sense of detecting most common tells (physical gestures or verbal clues or betting mannerisms that serve as tip-offs about an opponent's hand), preventing a bet or raise by cupping your chips as though ready to call, making hand movements yourself in a deceptive fashion, or staring down a bluff. You can't "make a play" when you and your opponent are invisible to each other.

Your strategy repertoire online is largely limited to the six basic actions: folding, betting, calling, raising, re-raising, and check-raising - supplemented by other poker skills, such as good games selection, good site selection, careful note-taking, astute observation of action, alertness to opponent behavior (such as noticing who is playing in two games rather than one, who's on tilt, or who has been playing all night), and wise money management

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