re: Poker & Final table deals
Originally Posted by mycophile
Ahoy, fine CardsChat folk. New to this site, though not new to poker by any means. Personally play both live and online. Not sure how to start off other than just diving right into it. So, this is my first post/thread. HUZZAH.
I play live poker pretty often, tournaments mostly, and it seems every time we get down to a final table, everyone else wants to make a deal. Granted, most of the people are "friends" as far as I can tell whereas I generally keep to myself. I've found that I don't play my "A" game when I'm against people I know. I guess it'd be considered "soft playing." Would feel bad if I took someone out, etc, even though that's .. the entire point of the game. Anything more than just acquaintances at the table is "too much" for me. But yes, I'd personally prefer to always play until the top finisher, but don't want to seem like the only asshole who doesn't want to agree to a deal. I've *always* agreed to a deal when everyone else wanted to as well for that reason alone. Wouldn't want a bounty or something the next time, etc. It's kind of a tight-knit group of people, generally only bringing in 100 or so regulars.
But yep. Thoughts/personal experience with it?
I think deal is very important. Playing poker is fun, but it becomes serious if there is a lot of money to discuss. Poker is about skill and luck, but at the end, all players are usually good. They wont make big mistakes, so the luck factor becomes bigger and bigger. Usually coinflips decide who to win.
So I think if we are at discussable position (plus we are not short stack, we are tired, we see that other players as good as us or better, we are not deep stack etc...), there can be a deal.
But of course I can understand the thinking of players who wants to win the tourney.
I made only a few deals (sometimes it's impossible cos other players dont speak english...). The biggest one is a 60K GTD tourney at PS. There were 3 players left. I was at second position. Considering it was at 3 am after 7 hours of continius playing in tournaments, one player was good the other one seemed to be a hobby player but had no fear of risking his chips, I hadnt been in such big money before, the stack sizes were similar...we made a deal.