My Opinion On Bad Beats Online
All over the forum, players post stories of bad beats online and complain that this doesn't happen as often in live play. I want to share my opinion on this matter.
"These bad beats don't happen in live play!"
Then every time we get the usual responses:
"You play more hands, so you will experience more bad beats."
First let me state that if you play on a reputable site like Full Tilt or PokerStars
, the integrity of their software is solid. Honestly, it just makes no sense to cheat players. It's just too much of a risk. If you want more info, this is the ultimate thread regarding the subject of online poker rigged: [link removed~tb]
While it is true that (more hands played = more bad beats), I feel many are missing an important factor: Anonymity
Let's all be honest. We all did stupid stuff online because well, simply.... no one can reach across the computer screen and punch you in the face.
When you play online poker, you have the power of anonymity. You can get away with running the timebank down everytime, a hit and run, and talking trash at the table all while feeling little to no embarrassment.
You can also make outrageous plays. This is what I feel is a huge factor that contributes to experiencing more bad beats online. This is why your A high set on the flop gets outdrawn by a 4 outer on the river to make a straight.
In real life play, you would feel embarrassed to flip those cards over after calling an all in on the flop to try and complete a gutshot, online, it's just another player willing to gamble a bit.
So in conclusion, the strong sense of anonymity online will encourage players to make risky decisions, which is why you experience more bad beats.