While they may have an agenda, as Tournament Poker Edge does specialize in online poker training, they may also have a point. In this short essay, the pros at TPE say that if there’s a good live cash game near you, it’s worth sitting in – but if poker tournaments is your game of choice, the decision is easy: online is superior to live.
When you factor in all the expenses that go along with following the circuit or even just making your way to the occasional destination poker tournament, you are probably leaking lots of money that could go into increasing your online volume.
Food, flight, hotel and especially the massive amount of rake that comes with playing live, in the eyes of TPE, just isn’t worth it. TPE points out that the juice on any given tournament can be as high as 18% and never goes below 10% and almost none of that goes to the dealers.
Even the most frugal of us, like an Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler would find it hard to be profitable in the long run by chasing the tour. On the other hand, online tournaments give you the comfy confines of home, being close to your fridge and the ability to fire up as many tournaments as you need to beat variance.
What do you think? Is online the superior choice or are you grinding online so you can take your shot in the live arena? Or do you live in one of the 49 US States where if you don’t play live, you don’t play at all….
Looking for more information on the tough life of a tournament pro? Check out Deadspin’s Article: Why You’ll Never Make A Living Playing Live Poker Tournaments