6th August 2005, 4:34 PM
Online Poker at: Paradise
Top 10 Thread Topics (Warning long and boring!!!)
I’ve been a member here for several months now and have found this to be an enjoyable site with some exciting personalities. Though I haven’t had many “quality” posts I do skim most of the new threads. Being somewhat new to poker, I’ve tried to comment intelligently on the subject but have usually bitten my tongue and absorbed the information that everyone here has to offer, good or bad.
Given that I have some free time this morning (my tee off time is later in the afternoon!!!) I thought I’d put together a Top 10 list of the most popular thread topics on cardschat including a newbie’s comments. (Trying to make up for lack of participation, all in one thread!!) Now, this is totally through my eyes and I’m doing this just for fun so light-hearted comments are more than appreciated!
Top 10 Thread Topics on Cardschat
Online Poker is Rigged
“I had this, this flopped, this turned, and then this rivered. It has to be rigged.”
“I never catch. It has to be rigged.”
“I’ve only played a few months but logically it’s in the best interest of the site to rig the games for newbies to fish them in.”
Koy’s Komment – I’m not a serious player so I really don’t care since I don’t play with big stacks and play mostly for fun. If you play with big stacks, I’d care but really, what are you going to do? What can you do? (If anyone knows who to contact if you’re “certain” a site is rigged it would be interesting to know who that is and what they can/will do about it.)
How do I play Freerolls?
“I always get knocked out in the first hour. What am I doing wrong?”
“This clown calls my all-in with a J8 os and catches. I hate freerolls.”
Koy’s Komment – My take is that freerolls are the Wild West of poker. People will play anything and everything. They either don’t know or don’t care. Play tight and safe until all the No-shows are blinded out. (But they’re freerolls, so have some fun too!!) On a side note, I love busting people out especially more than one on a single hand. Yes, I’m an ass.
Favourite Starting Hand
“I like JT os. I don’t know why, I just do.”
“I like 27 os. I know it’s the worst but I love to catch on the flop.”
“I hate these "Favorite starting hands" threads. The only answer should be AA.” Four Dogs
Koy’s Komment – I have to concur with 4D on this one. For me the only starting hand that I love to see is AA. Even with KK, I’m always thinking about A’s, straights, and flushes. (Actually, with AAs, I’m thinking about straights and flushes too!!)
Pocket Aces (Kings)
“How do you play pocket aces?”
“I always get beat with aces. What am I doing wrong?”
“I hate Pocket Rockets.”
Koy’s Komment – For me the best way to play a strong starting hand is aggressively. If you let anyone see cards for cheap they’re likely to catch something on the flop, turn and if you let them stay around, the river. Now, I’m not talking all-in but a good strong raise. What is a good, strong raise? My feelings is about 3-4 x the big blind. I’ve found that this usually folds any A6s, 78s, and even some KJs. But if there are callers, it’s all about the flop.
Can I Get a Password?
“I noticed cardschat has a freeroll at Noble. Can I get the password?”
“Another forum has a freeroll at Paradise. Does anyone have the password?”
“How do I get the password for the freeroll? Where do I find it?”
Koy’s Komment – Absolutely hate it when I see passwords posted on forums, especially for cardschat tournaments. Brutal. Passwords are a perk for being a valuable member. I don’t really understand why people would give someone else these perks for free.
“Did you see the WSOP?”
“I can’t believe Daniel did that?”
“Isn’t Jennifer Tilly just hot?!! And she can play!!!”
Koy’s Komment – I love the WSOP. I have no visions of grandeur of one day winning a bracelet but I would love to go down there and check out the scene. The atmosphere must be electric. I’ve been to Vegas only once but the city is something else. Does anyone ever sleep down there? Was walking around the strip at 4 in the morning and there were still a ton of people strolling about as if it was noon.
Professional Poker Players
“Who’s your favourite?”
“I love Helmuth causes he’s such an ass!”
“Doyle’s my fav, cause I’m so old school.”
“Greenstein is my favourite cause he’s done so much for other people.”
Koy’s Komment – I don’t really have a favourite but I’m somewhat partial to Johnny Chan since I love the scene in Rounders where Matt Damon says, “I’m sorry, John. I don’t remember.” Classic. I use that in my live games. (Although, not with total strangers as I don’t want to get the beats!!)
This Site is Horrible
“Never play this site. I couldn’t withdraw any of my winnings.”
“This site has the worst players ever. They had no idea what they were doing.”
“This site’s software sucks. Horrible.”
Koy’s Komment – I usually play on Noble, Absolute and Paradise and I’ve never had a problem with them before. Most of the sites have the same basic features and the only differences that I notice are the colours and the setup of the tables. (Pokerroom has a great feature which shows the percentage of winning for each hand when there is a showdown.) Most times I take the “trouble with withdrawing” with a grain of salt. Not that anyone is lying or anything but we’re only hearing one side of the story and when’s the last time anyone has posted a thread saying, “I bashed this site for not giving me my money but after some investigation it turns out it’s my fault. I’m sorry.”
“Here’s my bad beat story….”
“I hate bad beats.”
“I’ve been on a bad beat for the past 4 weeks. Brutal!!!”
Koy’s Komment – Bad beats happen since poker is all about odds. (A bit of being able to “read” your opponent is helpful too.) I feel that some beats can be avoided if people just knew more about the odds. I also think that some bad beats aren’t really bad beats, they’re just idiot plays by loose players who want to blame someone for their losing ways. (I majored in math and stats in University so I know a little about odds. Although not enough for me to come out a winner all the time! I should’ve paid more attention in class. Damn those keggers!!!)
Where Are The Best Freerolls
“I’m new, where are good freerolls?”
“Any good freerolls out there?”
Koy’s Komments – Well, I’m guilty here. I believe I’ve asked about freerolls when I first started out. I should have done some searching and read some threads before asking. My bad. There are tons of freerolls out there, if they’re your thing. Absolute has several daily freerolls and bet365 has some large money ones too.