&9679; If you’ve learned your poker by playing online, stepping into a card room for the first time can be daunting. The first thing to adjust to is the pace of the game – things happen much more slowly, but this gives you more opportunity to gather information.<br /><br />&9679; Watch like a hawk. In online poker, the only information you get is players’ betting patterns and the speed with which they play. In the live arena you can ask people questions, watch their body language, and dig out as much information as you can in order to make your reads and exploit them at the right moment.<br /><br />&9679; Of course, that means you have to be aware of the information – or “tells” – you’re giving off as well, so keep your own body language guarded and tight.<br /><br />&9679; Manage your chips well. If you fumble them, or look awkward handling them, you’ll reveal your inexperience.