Is poker changing? Has it already changed?
I am thinking that poker is becoming more of a gamble these days than it was 5 years ago. Here is an example.
$1/$2 live poker
Details are sketchy, but here it is.
Limpers, then a small raise. UTG+5 3-bets to $80
I fold. Button folds. SB calls. All others fold.
Flop 9-4-x rainbow unpaired.
SB checks. UTG+5 bets $150
SB checks. BB bets around $150 and is all in.
SB snap calls.
UTG+5 rolls over K-K. SB rolls over 10-4 offsuit.
The river does not bring a king.
SB collects the pot.
I played yesterday at a local charity cardroom. These kinds of things were happening the whole time. People are raising OOP like 10x+ with garbage like 3-6 off, A-rag, etc.
It just seemed all day it was rags to riches. People were calling OOP for $50 with ATC, and just flopping the world on people.
I did win 1 BI for the day, but I still find myself wondering how people can play so badly, and win. People are chasing gut shots, flushes that are 5 high, one guy called a huge pot-size bet with 3-3 and no set, hoping to catch a 2-outer (he did hit a 3 on the turn).
When you play live, "in the long run" is like a year of poker. I see this stuff all the time. It seems people will just call with the worst underdog hands, and keep hitting the lotto.
Which brings me to the point of this stupid thread, poker is changing.
These people I sit with are so stupid. They are oblivious to position, table images, starting hand requirements, etc. Yet I see these fools winning monster pots, against all odds
Is it even possible to make a profit at $1/$2 live anymore? I have been running bad intermittently for about 3 months now. I wouldn't mind if I were outplayed, or they had better cards. But these people just suck out all the time. It is frustrating.
I just made this thread to vent a little. I am starting to think poker is just a crapshoot now.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the issue? Just a bad run for me?
I did win yesterday, but I am a losing player over the last 3 months. I have profited regularly for years. Now I just get outdrawn more and more.
It feels like the game just keeps getting worse. Rags to riches every hand.
I would play online, but it just isn't the same for me. I don't enjoy online poker very much at all.