Professional poker players Hoyt Corkins, Jason Mercier and Yevgeniy Timoshenko recently shared a story to PokerListings that I thought was very interesting. In it, the poker pros talk about how it is easy to gain experience really fast in online poker because you get to play a lot of hands in a short amount of time. However, they remark that quantity without quality is pretty useless and that a poker player cannot learn everything about the game online.
Corkins stated that he admires a lot of young poker players but he says that playing thousands of hands and learning technique does not make you an overall good poker player. “You can’t discount 32 years of watching people’s faces and watching the way they put their money in the pot,” said Corkins to Pokerlistings.com, “(Poker) has got a human element to it.”
Jason Mercier agrees with this view and said that many online pros have failed at live poker because they have not developed the needs to go into the live arena. “There’s just so much more to it… There are so many more things you get live that you don’t get playing online,” Mercier stated.
“What’s more important is reviewing your sessions. If you don’t do that, it doesn’t matter if you play a million hands,” Timoshenko said. He also added that it is not the number of hands that make you good but what you do to learn from them.