Has the boom in online poker made it easier or harder to be a winning player???
I`m back playing and just taken one of my regular bad beats.
MTT $4.00 buy in, blinds 50/100. (Sry, can`t show the hand history.)
I`ve played few hands, have about 3,600 in chips. sb/bb/fold/fold/call/call/call/call.
Delt QQ. I raise 800 (should I have pushed all in and left it to chance?). Get one caller, one of the initial limpers. (he has about 6200) Pot now about 2150.
(I`m in 9 th position, one place from the button.)
flop, 2c6c2d. He checks. I`m obviosly not concerned about him having a 2, only concern I have is flush draw with an outside possibility he had 66.
Anyway, I push all in, he shows A4c and he catches flush on turn. Technically it was a poor call by him preflop but I suppose he had odds
to call with nut flush draw.
So, is it harder?
I know a lot of ppl will say `u want this kind of player against you`
If you were playing your local game in town I can understand this. But you might never see the same ppl twice online.
Your pocket ace reraise all in becomes nothing more than a pot sweetner to Mr. J8s, Mr. A3, etc, so your good, strong play loses its strength, your hand that would normally be a 80/20 fav pre flop becomes a 45% fav against 4 others.
I know we don`t want ppl to play by the book, because if they did poker would be down purley to the cards, nothing else.
The best analogy I can use is soccer (sorry to our American friends) Arsenal, in the Premier League, like to play slick, passing football - the way the game should be played. To combat this teams revert to bad play - high tackles, long ball play, flood the midfield, etc. This is the way some ppl play poker.
I`ve suffered a beat I did not like. The reason I did not like it is because I would never have made the same call. I feel a bit better getting it off my chest, but it has made me think of my poll question.