Originally Posted by Cowboy8112
Somehow I've missed reading this thread until today. (dang!!)
I've read every word and reply. Interesting. Wide variation of opinions. Had the urge to quote many replies, but chose only Cowboy's (to try to keep this short and readable).
"poker is a GAME" .. is it really just 'one game'?? Each style of game has it's own distinct variances, nuances and strategies. Stud is 'one' game, while nlhe is also 'one' game, but quite different. Game variants were MEANT to satisfy the particular interests of THAT GROUP of players.
Online, players who do not want to play limit stud will often do so, kicking and screaming all the way to the rail. I started playing 5card draw and 5 & 7 stud live in '69 when casino nlhe tables were sitting empty. I STILL prefer stud, and so do those of us who choose
to sit at any of the 'limit' tables.
In the reverse, you do not
see stud/limit players kicking and screaming at the nlhe tables about how 'bad' no limit games are. At casinos
, players choose the ONE table they prefer to play at, the games that interest THEM. Online, many players are multi-tabling 12 tables, playing anything they can get into, P.U.I. (playing under the influence), and often using chat to pound their hairless chests. This is just the nature of online nlhe players in all too many cases. Products of TV poker and anonymous, over-inflated egos.
, those few players who DO
take their online and live games seriously. The existence of forums shows the difference. There are TENS of MILIONS of online players, while only a few hundred THOUSAND forum members, and a vast number of those are only there for FR passwords.
"meant to be won"<<- even this is deceiving imo. 'What' is 'won'? Each hand? Each session? Each MTT? All, of course, but that is not possible. Winning has to be whatever it means to the player
. I 'win' if I leave a ring session with a profit. I 'win' if I make it anywhere ITM in an MTT. I have an overall 'win' rate at ring sessions, while I have never taken 'first' in an MTT, but I'm thrilled with having made second a few times. Does that make me a 'loser'? My 4 site's BR's from -0- lead me to say - 'not'.
"poker face" .. we cannot be happy or satisfied players if we do not like what we 'look like' in the mirror. Why force yourself to change your personality to play nlhe 'correctly'? I find more satisfaction playing at the limit games and that keeps ME happy. On Stars, I make most all of my Round 2 tickets playing the limit FR's and always have several in the 'ticket bank'. I also use those tickets ONLY in the limit Round 2's.
Just my .02c, but don't try to be what you are not. We should all know our limitations. Play nlhe if you must, and play as well as you can, but concentrate on playing what makes YOU
happy and gives you personal satisfaction, whatever that means to YOU