Tuesday, July 18, 2006

If you can't spot the sucker in the first ten minutes...

Online poker: The crack cocaine of poker.

I'm a good poker player. Sit me down in a live game (limit) and I'll hold my own against just about anyone. I can't remember the last time I went to Las Vegas and didn't win. I win it at the poker table, Bobbi spends it at the mall. Everybody's happy?

Why can't I beat online poker?

Over time, online poker always beats me. Even if I "rock up," it gets the best of me eventually. The only thing I can figure is that I'm a better reader of players than I give myself credit for. The last time I was in New Orleans, I realized that despite the fact that I don't think I'm paying attention (and have no short-term memory for tells) I was, in fact, reading everyone at the table. After a few minutes, I could tell you who the bad players were, the good, the bluffers, the rocks, etc. I think the problem is that I can't put a face to the players online.

Back when I was playing full-time in Dallas, I used to say, "How can people play poker year after year and never have a winning year and never figure out that they suck at this game!? I'm beginning to think that when it comes to online poker, I may be one of those people.


Sagnuts said...

Like Boo, I too am an excellent driver. And a damn good poker player. While not on the level of monetary compensation raked in by Boo and others, I have never had to bare my genitalia at any gathering. My winnings consist solely of dead-on drooling ogles of beautiful breasts and lacey panties. But I have yet to get ahead online. I have tried most of the big sites, and just can't win. Oh sure, the occasional hand reels me back in...but nothing satisfying. Perhaps if there were a strip-poker site. Now there's an idea. What? Already thought of? What's that address?

9:15 PM  
The Wager Witch said...

I think you are partially right.

Being able to read people is extremely important in playing - which is why some people choose to chat - specifically - and while some refuse to utter one sentence.

However - I will say I'm starting to wonder if the online industry is tightening up because of the possible legal loss of US players. And I mean dropping from 98% payouts to 10% payouts kind of loss.

Interesting thought? No?

Hey - your daughter is adorable - go buy her a pony. LMAO!

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