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If you already play online poker, some of the many distinct benefits of playing correspondence poker are that it: (click a topic for more details)
- Prevents you from going on tilt by not pressuring you to act quickly
|Tilting may be the number one cause that keeps many players from playing their best game.
Being on tilt is a temporary state of mind where impulses take over reason in the decision making process. It is probably best explained as the emotional reaction and frustration to a game not going the way you expected or wanted it to go.
Once you try online correspondence poker you will notice how going on tilt is not as likely to happen anymore. This is due to the lack of triggers that cause people to tilt in traditional poker.
Instead of timers ticking away and pressuring you to act quickly even when you are in erratic and impulsive frame of mind, you will be given enough time to always make well thought out decisions you can be confident about. And after each hand you will have enough time to fully comprehend what happened making it easier to accept any outcome as a normal part of the game. By the time you actually move on to the next hand you should already be back in your calm and non-emotional frame of mind.
- Eliminates boredom as you will not need to wait idle for other players to act
|In a normal 10-handed game, it is only your turn about 10% of the time, so the remaining 90% of the time you are only watching other people play and waiting for your chance to act again. This type of waiting game can make poker a boring game for many people.
Boredom has a tendency to make people play looser than they normally would. As a result they are not playing their best game. Such a shift in strategy is often a semi-conscious decision to lower the starting hand criteria in exchange for more action and more enjoyable game experience.
In correspondence poker you do not have to wait for other players. If you fold one hand, you may already have dozens of other tables open where the action is on you, or if not you can always open more tables without worrying about timing out due to multi-tabling too many tables. Ultimately, you can always log out, go back to your daily routine and come back later when the other players have acted and it is your turn again.
- Supports multitabling hundreds of tables simultaneously
|Since you will not be pressured with strict time limits, multi-tabling becomes an easy and attractive way of playing.
Correspondence poker allows you to create as much action as you want. For someone who would like to play for a few minutes every couple of days, you might start out with only a few tables. For those interested in playing for several hours every day, you could literally have hundreds of tables open simultaneously.
- Increases the number of hands played per hour
|Because correspondence poker is not played in real-time and it can takes days if not weeks to finish just one hand, it may sound counter-intuitive that the number of hands per hour could be higher that in regular online poker.
However, the combination of not having to wait for your turn and the ease of multi-tabling hundreds of tables actually increases the number of hands you will be able to play per "hours spent on the poker site".
- Allows you to auto-fold bad starting hands and to automate other routine plays
|Earlier we mentioned how poker can be boring considering that in a 10-handed game it will be your turn to act only about 10% of the time. But to make things even worse, from the 10% when it is your turn only a fraction will involve decisions that are actually interesting.
For instance, decisions to fold bad starting hands are often trivial. And in fact, the majority of the decisions you make in a full ring game are those easy folds that do not require much though. Not only is the frequent folding one of the main reasons why some people get bored so easily playing, but it also wastes your time and slows down the game.
While traditional online poker rooms may not be supportive of automated plays, correspondence poker advocates embrace the possibility. To get some perspective, the same concept is known in correspondence chess community as a "conditional move", and hardly any serious correspondence chess club is against the practice when the benefits are so obvious.
- Helps you to learn faster and become a better player
|Strict time limits that let you think about your moves only for seconds at a time can make traditional online poker a frustrating and costly way to learn the game.
In correspondence poker on the other hand, you can take as much time as you need to make the best possible decisions, and to minimize the risks of common beginner mistakes such as misreading your hand for instance.
The same applies if you already know how to play but want to learn more strategy and become even a better player than you already are. Being able to play the game on your own pace lets you focus on the decisions that matter and helps you to learn more from each situation you face at the table.
In short, by letting players make decisions in their own pace and convenience, correspondence poker leads to higher quality of play and is intellectually more stimulating and less stressful than traditional online poker. With correspondence poker, it will be your poker skills alone that will either make you or break you. No excuses. Correspondence poker is the "thinking man's poker".