Close to giving up on online poker
first off, hello. im new in this forum, but not to poker. i consider myself a decent player. ive read books, calculate pot odds
and ev. on average i only play about 20% of my hands. in real life, i beat all of my friends, and i dont even have to look at them for reads. good players ought to beat bad players regularly; it's the return you get from working hard and becoming good. but, why can't i win with online poker? i won when i first started, sure, but now i lose fairly quickly whenever i join a new table. im usually getting beat by fish on the turn or river, or getting 30+ consecutive bad hands. currently, ive lost over twice as much as ive won from online poker. it's as if the whole industry is geared against people who play too solidly.
now im not saying all the major poker sites
are rigged, yet, but then it would make a lot of sense. wouldn't it? i dont care what their fairness policies say, but by keeping a healthy influx of new players, it is a HUGE incentive for them to rig the cards. sites want: 1) lot of action for their rake, and 2) for their new players not to get pummelled all the time by better players. if they make a ton of money this way, and im seeing the results of this possibility first hand, then why shouldn't i believe that online poker is rigged? at this point, i feel about 99% sure that it is.
- on a side note, i was reading an article last month about players using bots online, programmed for solid play, thus resulting in major sites "protecting" their players by "enhancing" their software. this scared the frig out of me. i would much rather play against bots all day than to deal with any "enchanced" software that is supposed to drop cards randomly. good players will be performing close to what these bots are doing anyway, and you can imagine the messy results that can come out of this.
anyway, why not quit? my problem is that i love this game too much. so, to those who are winning, steadily, what services are you using? and what types of games are you playing? i usually play small stakes holdem limit, but ill adapt to anything that can win consistantly. im very close to quitting poker for good.