Originally Posted by GSpicoli
Did you ever think that it was just time for the German play money donkeys to wake up and start their play money donkdom day?
I guess that you haven't spent much time playing playmoney games. You will run into this all the time on the majority of the large websites.
Since I've tried to avoid play money to avoid learning bad habits, I'm definitely not a play money veteran :P, but I have played enough to know what you're referring to. You can't play 10 minutes there without witnessing that once or twice.
As far as a German donkey invasion, I did consider it. However the unusual patterns in naming, bet/raise/reraise and ridiculously fast speed involved are why I don't think that's it. When I say fast, I mean ridiculously
fast as in: "fast tables are glacial by comparison" fast.
I wish I'd kept the HH's, because they'd be really useful in explaining it. Here's an example of a typical hand as best as I can remember it:
Previous hand ends. At table:
In the second before the next hand starts, 3 players join:
Matsoko 2k chips. Location: Deidesheim
Ryuichi 2k chips. Location: Halberstadt
Takashi 2k chips. Location: Hamburg
The new guys post BB to get in. Takashi preflop raises PL. Everyone folds but Matsoko and Ryuichi, who also Reraise PL. Takashi calls.
The Tak preflop raise and Mat/Ryu/Tak Reraise PL cycle repeats on turn and river. Mat and Ryu are quickly all in.
Takashi wins showdown with straight or better every time.
Mat/Ryu both have junk hands; e.g. 2-7 / 3 9 unsuited. Both bust and leave.
Next hand, exact same thing, except the instant Mat/Ryu leave, we get two new visitors before the next hand begins:
Yoshiko 2k chips. Location: Birkenfeld
Usagi 2k chips. Location: Trendelburg
Takashi preflop raises PL, Yosh/Usa Reraise PL and go all in. At SD Takashi has another godly hand while Yosh/Usa have utter crap. Both bust, leave and are instantly replaced by:
Kagami 2k chips. Location: Weiterstadt
Chizu 2k chips. Location: Eschweiler
Rinse, wash, repeat for at least
the next 10 hands. After that, the pattern of Japanese twins simul-joining to donate chips stops, and Takashi suddenly turns into the model calling station for the next hour he stays there.
I didn't time them, but I'm pretty sure each hand lasted about 10 seconds. Ignoring all the other name/location/timing/hand oddities, the fastest I've ever seen on a fast table (which this wasn't) seems to be around 15-20 seconds for 4-6 players -and then only when everyone uses auto check/fold.
Anyway, it was beyond weird. I just wondered if it was something anyone had seen before. My guess is someone was testing a new toy before turning it loose. For someone making a bot, play tables would be the only logical testing ground.