Originally Posted by homerphobe
I played online a few years ago and built up a decent little bankroll from $50, but I quit playing because I lost faith in the legitimacy of the sites. I notices odd shifts in "luck" from time to time that just didn't seem realistic.
After becoming a member of this forum to ask some opinions on live hands I've played, I saw how many of the regulars were consistently playing online. I sent in a moderate bankroll of $100 and through a few small stakes tournaments, built up enough to buy in shortstacked into NL tables. I built my bankroll to $1650 in a couple months. Then I cashed out some FPP points that I had accumulated, and suddenly I can't win a pot nomatter how much a favorite I am. I've had big pairs beaten by one overcard or an underpair in 6 times in a row, and have won 2 races out of the last 12 or so. I can't help but notice that the curious shift in "luck" that lost me $1200 of my online bankroll happened the day after I cashed out my points.
I don't want to be one of those "online poker is rigged" people, but I'm wondering if anybody else has noticed any patterns such as this through their own experience. When I quit playing in the first place, it was because I noticed a terrible shift in "luck" everytime I cashed out. I'd cash out some of my online bankroll, and then immediately hit a sudden cold streak where I couldn't get a hand to hold up nomatter how much a favorite I was. I know these things happen, but the timing is always so suspicious that my skepticism in online legitimacy is starting to grow again.
I'm on a downswing at the moment too, over 8k hands?(can't remember the exact number) Lost about 8-10 buy-ins. KK, AA cracked, straight lose to rivered flush. The usual. Sometimes it's hard to get the tilt monkey out.
Most of the time, you're tilting but don't know it yet. Then one fine day, you decide to review your hands in poker tracker and realised that you were plain playing badly, scared, folding when you should be value betting, calling all-ins with your overpair, even everything tells
you that you're beat.
I realised it the hard way too. You never know how bad you can run sometimes. It can get even worse than worst...
If you doubt the legitimacy of online sites, how did you win that $1650 in the first place? When you're on the good side of variance, everything's gravy, but on the other side... it's rigged...
Just learn to love variance, or try to find where you're leaking chips from.