Need help with a project
Before I get into this I want to say that I love to play poker. The joy of victory,the agony of defeat, the constant striving to improve, all of it. It's a great game. I play 2 or 3 nights a week live and many hours a day on line. I love the game!
Now to get to the part that I think many will find to be controversial. Controversy is a good thing because it makes people think-right? I find live poker and internet poker to have very little resembalnce. Internet poker is full of monster hands, bad beats, and on the average pretty poor play that gets rewarded with a high degree of consistency. Many will say that it is because you see so many more hands per hour and as far as that goes no doubt there are many more hands perhour, but that isn't what I am getting at. I am talking about hand count and not time played.
Now here are some basic poker stats that are generally excepted as fact.
Royal Flush 1 in 649,750 hands
str8 flush 1 in 81,218 hands
quads 1 in 4,165 hands
full house 1 in 694 hands
str8 1 in 283 hands
I think these numbers are accurate and reflect what will prove out over the long haul in live play.
I have started tracking hand counts and winning hands and am finding some pretty interesting numbers after tracking for a short time. I just finished a 6 player S&G and here are the numbers on a total of 192 hands. Keep in mind that these are just hands that went to a showdown and that players were dropping out as the game progressed. Probably no more than 900 hands give or take.
1- 4 of a kind
Now having played alot of 6 player sit and go's this didn't seem to be too unusual, but if you look at the stats of actual poker hands it is way out of wack.
Some pretty interesting numbers don't you think? I would like some help with a tracking project. I would ask you to keep track of the big winning hands (quads,flush, straights and houses) and the number of hands played and e mail these to me at email@example.com
and I will put the numbers together. I think the results could be sort of startling. If your interested-drop me a line.
Now what the hell is the purpose of this? As I said at the start I love poker. If the internet games are skewed then we need to ask some hard questions-mainly why are they skewed. I have some thoughts on this, but for right now lets try to get some hard numbers to look at and evaluate. If you love pure poker, and I know many of you do, then you will want to play in reasonably realisitc internet games.
Thanks for listening-Geno B