Any good poker player's nightmare...
Okay, so I was just playing a quick session of cash games, 4 tabling the micro stakes. What I'm thinking is "Haha, it won't be long until I take all of these little fishies' money!" (well, not exactly, I leave my ego out of my game, but anyway...) Then I think "I bet these donks can't even multi table!! They don't have the concentration in takes to play more than one table at once!", and I decided to verify if what I was thinking was right.
So I searched the guy on my right and he was playing 6 tables at once. "That's alright", I think, "just bumped into a rare high volume player around here!". Then, I searched the guy on my left. And he was playing so many tables I couldn't even count them. "Okay, two players who multi table, that's a sight! Let me see the rest of the table now that I'm at it...". And so I did. And everyone was playing more tables than I was.
What the hell? How come even the micro stakes games, who are supposed to be filled with beginning players and drunk guys who think they're Phil Ivey, are loaded with decent, experienced players? I know multi tabling doesn't equal skill, but it takes some kind of skill to play like this.
What I then thought was something that had already cross my mind, multiple times - what if, someday, in the near future, thanks to the poker boom, nearly everyone at the tables is a good, thinking player?? That would make the already good players, like I consider myself to be, break even players. NLHE is already a lot tougher than it was a couple decades ago, who guarantees that the average poker Joe won't be better in a few years? I know poker is nearly perfect ecosystem, but I cringe at the thought that the fish will grow sharp teeth that will try to bite me!!
Yeah, yeah, I know it's an extremely long shot and it's just me panicking, and I've read about some professionals saying this will never happen, simply because fish keep coming in, in the form of rookies and donks who just won't evolve. But still, I don't consider the majority of these micro stakes players to be complete idiots, and nearly everyone multi tabling just proves it. Maybe it's just Pokerstars
that has better players, I should check out some other sites. Oh, and I hear PLO is extremely profitable right now if you're willing to learn how to play it; people say it's the game of the future, and the average skill level there is the same as NLHE's was 30 years ago. Maybe I should check that out as well and gain a head start on the competition...
Post your thoughts ladies and gentlemen.