Onlive vs. Live
Happy New Year everyone!
I just got back from Vegas where I went with my husband to see fireworks.
Of course, we both knew that we are going to play poker. I want to become a professional poker player because right now I am showing decent results playing at Full Tilt. I am up to 600$ right now playing SNGs and tourneys with 2-5$ buy-in.
Not bad for a girl who's been playing for two months and didn't know the order of hands in November.
So this is what happened in Vegas:
First night we tried to play 1-3$ limit at Mirage and actually made some dough playing against very poor competition.
I play by the book (I have read a dozen poker strategy
books in the past two months) but my husband plays by the seat of his pants. He did everything wrong that night: Playing 7/2 and 3/5 unsuited, but he had an angel on his shoulder. He started with bad cards and then followed with good cards and he won.
It made me mad.
Next day I had a poker hangover, so I decided to play a tourney at Rio. Why Rio? I don't know. The time was right and the entry fees seemed fine. Also, the Rio is what I see on TV all the time. And my husband had $6 in Rio chips left over from the last time he was in Las Vegas, so we went there.
So I paid 45$+5$ to enter the tournament and used add-on (20$ for 2000) during the first break. So it was my first live tournament. I did well, but I also did badly and it was pretty traumatic. We left Las Vegas right after. When I was thinking about it today - after a good night's sleep with a few PTS (poker traumatic stress) nightmares, I came up with a list of reasons why I should not have played this tournament:
1) Players. 30 players only. So it was closer to big SNG than to a tourney. Although I am used to SNGs, but
2) Pay structure: 3 places paid out of 30. IF it had been four places, I would have made money. Yes, in my first live tourney I finished fourth out of 30 which was good, but it was bad because third place was $300 and fourth was, as we say: NADA!!!!
3) Turbo. It was a turbo tourney. Although it was not called so. But the blinds were growing every 5 min I think. Or maybe 10. I am sorry. I am not sure. But to give the idea" The Big blind would go around the table one circle and the blinds would grow. It was really fast compared to online tourneys I am used to.
I played a good game and got to the final table. I finished 4 out of 30 right before the money and I was very pissed at myself. Although I was the shortest stack and the blinds were just killing! Literally. 3000/6000. 1000 antes. I had a very hard time accepting this defeat, but now I feel a little bit better.
So now I finally get to the thread point: I feel very disappointed about the live tournament I played. First, I know it sounds funny, but it is so much easier to manage your money online than live. LOL. This is of course because of the lack of experience. As I mentioned, the blinds were going so fast, so you don't have time to think. And when you think too long, you get crippled because the people around are crippled by growing blinds. Also when you talk about tilt!!! It is right there. I don't know, maybe it is me being a girl, but I can't stand when other players are talking around you discussing how to "kill you" because you are the girl and you don't belong at that table. The dealer was trying to discipline them, but they were still doing it.
So when there were 4/30 left somebody suggested that three winners pay buy-in to the 4th. That guy had a shorter stuck than me and he was just covering his ass. So everybody said: yes, we are gonna do it. I was one of them. The guy was able to double up a little, which made me a smallest stack. With the blinds huge like this it became just gambling and no poker. So I lost. I went all in with 7/8 unsuited but I was not lucky like my husband.
I didn't get lucky on the coinflip. Those f@#$@$@#$ said that they are not gonna give me my 50 bucks, explaing it that they were uncertain that they were supposed to do it. Boloney. Anyway I was so frustrated and said that I didn't even want to argue with them about it. I could have asked the previous dealer to back up my words, but I just want to restroom and cried. I wanted to keep face.
My question is: how is your experience different when you play live/online? Which one do you prefer? Do you have any bad stories, so I won't feel like I am the only one who got bad experience. What do you think about what happened to me? It is right, that men are femmefobique? (afraid of women)