Published on August 2nd, 2006 6:55 pm EST

After watching the first few days of the main event from the rail this year, it has become painfully obvious to me that online players really need to learn how to properly play the game live. I mean, they know all about pot odds, being the BB, antes, etc., but they obviously don't know the small nuances of the live game that the computerized software normally handles.

If you are going to play a live tournament, you really need to put in some hours playing live, or else you will feel foolish at the table. Here are some things that you really need to be aware of:

1) Who is first to act after the dealer button.

2) Where to store your chips in relation to where you keep your cards on the table.

3) Properly protecting your cards.

4) How to properly fold your cards (slide them across the table, don't lift them up and expose the cards to the rest of the table.)

5) How to properly bet (don't string bet, announce your bet before you start putting your chips in.)

6) How to make change (don't reach in to the pot to make change, wait for the dealer to give you your change.

Invest your time in playing live before playing a big tournament. You will save yourself some embarassment.


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