online poker is a lot of whoey
I have been gambling for most of my 50 years on the planet earth, from Jai Alai, dog track, horses,casino gambling and poker. I have been playing holdem (small stakes) limit and no limit sit and goes. I have been playing these types of holdem for several years now in various poker rooms in the Miami area.
I always play tight with a few exceptions and usually do okay.
I decided one day to see what all this online poker stuff was all about so I started playing at poker stars
where I just started out playing the "free" game. I did pretty good so I decided to make a deposit and play for cash.
I stared playing 1-2 and did well for a short time and then whammy some of the worst beats I have ever seen playing poker. I was amazed how fast my cash was gone so I made another deposit and whammy again some of the worst beats I have ever seen. So naturally I start thinking online poker is a scam and wrote pokerstar to tell them so and they wrote back telling me what nice people the are and they have no reason to cheat. I never said they cheated me.
I started surfing and reading and most places say that the online rooms are good places and that I was a bad player. Well since I know I am not a bad player I decided to try another online poker room. I tried full tilt this time because all the poker guys you see on tv all where their shirts ,hats underwear, etc.
I made my 50$ deposit after playing free to understand their format and started playing. well again I started out well winning a few but all seemed okay and then WHAMMY again I was being beat like never before and it wasn't the fact that they were all bad beats, they were just better hands but hands that usually needed runner, runner to win on the river.
I had never seen anything like it before in my life. I cant remember being beat like this with hands that were bet and raised correctly only to be beat in an incredible way. So I wrote full tilt as well and the letter the sent back was very similar to poker stars.
I was in shock but I still went online to read as much as I could because surely all of these "poker pros" you see on tv would never put their reputation on the line for something thats crooked.
So after reading and trying to gain more info I decided that I would try 1 more place. I went to UltimateBet,played for free before making a deposit and started playing. Again at first I did okay. I was playing tight tight tight. I was winning some and holding my own before those amazing beats started showing up. I stoped 1/2 way through my money , wrote the UB and told them that something was not right but they wrote back assuring me the shuffle is good and bad beats were part of the game and that they try to emmulate a fair shuffle. So I stopped my crying and went back to playing. I lowered the stakes at this point to 1.00-.50 and continued playing and playing tight continuing to keep it to top ten and A suited starters. I was doing okay but still going down that an amazing thing happened. I held a quad hand that won, and then 10 minutes later another quad hand that won and within another hour another quad hand that won.
None of these hands won much because there were no bets going on and when I did bet people would just fold so there was no big win on any of these.
But I sat back and laughed at myself at being such a fool for playing online. I have played countless hours of poker in poker rooms and have never seen 4 of a kind 3 times in less then A day . I have never seen the same guy get 4 of a kind 3 times ever. I never saw beats that I saw online ever. So I will never play online again not because they cheat..why would they with so much at stake<snicker> but the shuffle is suspect thats for sure and although I did not play in any tounaments I dont think I ever will.