How are certain poker rooms considered soft?
Whether it is in a forum post or on a website review, I've notcied that some poker rooms are considered to be a lot more soft than others. On a scale of 1-10, certain rooms tend to be reviewed and ranked high with very competitive players and others seem to rank very low and have a lot of fish. My question is what basis are these rankings calculated from and what merit do they actually have?
It would seem to me that at least for U.S. players, there are a fairly limited number of poker sites
available and I've hardly found the three main sites I play at (Juicy, ACR, and BetOnline
) to be that different in competition - it's entirely based upon who happens to be playing that night and I don't really consider any site to have a specific trend for competitivness. You also can't speak for every player, and so what is average to one player, perhaps even the reviewer could be considered very tough for another.
The other problem I see in having rooms with particular rankings of competition at said room is that if a room is originally ranked as soft, that becomes appealing for more competitive players looking to milk money out of less experienced players. Fish want to swim with other fish, so they'll avoid sites with lots of sharks; however, the sharks also want to swim with the fish, so the rooms that are supposedly home to the weakest players are also the most appealing for the strongest players, which would seem to me make competition balance out.
What do you think? Do certain rooms really have less competition than others? Are certain rooms really filled with more fish than other sites? And if so, what keeps the competition so soft when so many sharks are attracted to it? Or do you think the difficulty rankings that provided in reviews are really just the reviewers opinion as a result of their experience at the tables during their review?