LOL If you think online poker is rigged, that there are incredible bad beats that won't happen live ... then you haven't played a live 3/6 limit table in a popular casino.
Poker isn't just a game of cards it's a game of people, and people are individual as snowflakes are not identical. The human quotient adds a quixotic spice to the game of poker that makes the game what it is.
Money is one of those relative things in life, some are born with a silver spoon, others are born dirt poor. One mans trash is another mans riches. As a key element in poker, the wager is highly dependant upon the human being making it, calling it or raising it.
When a poor person who's just won the lottery, or a rich person who's just acquired a windfall profit enters a poker game
they tend to be loose with their bankroll. On the other hand when the poor person is wagering his last dollar or the rich guy has suffered a downturn in his finances they tend to be tighter with their bankroll.
Whether it's online or offline human nature is basically the same except for different nuances that can be logically discerned. For example we use chips instead of money in a poker game because chips are psychologically easier to shove around. A 40 dollar stack of chips may represent a dinner and a movie, but two 20 dollar bills remind us how hard work is to attain them. Itís easier to shove chips than bills when chasing that outside straight or flush draw.
In live casinos
you rarely see a game lower than 1/2 no limit or 3/6 limit. Online you can see the casinos spread games from play money free rolls and 1/2 cent, nickel/dime and up from there. Add the relativity of the human quotient and online poker can be quite volatile.
In a live casino 3/6 game there are a lot of calling stations who have just re-mortgaged their house or received their income tax check, itís often a luck fest that resembles online low limit poker. A good thing for experienced players who can read opponents and play position.
Online itís like that everyday in the low limit/no limit games. Not only are the chips (your hard earned 20 dollar bills) electronic representations but they are way easy to shove around with just one click of the call or raise button. In a live casino youíre a lot closer to that 20 dollar bill it means more to you, online its off somewhere far away and if you want it back youíll have to wait. If youíre playing a 25/50 cent no limit game youíre a lot more likely to chase flushes and straights.
Bad beats are common both live and online, your going to see more online however due to the fact that there are a lot more low level limit/no limit games spread and youíre seeing more hands online than a dealer can deal live. Add the factor of the ease of the click of the mouse call button and the waiting period for access to your money and that bad beat factor rises exponentially. Itís easier to tilt online.
Know this it is a real factor, it is logical and reasonable knowing what we know about the quixotic nature of human beings. That being said, I enjoy both online and live poker they both have their positives and negatives. Live I get to meet people and enjoy or despise their company depending on how my session is going.
Online I find a lot of value that you canít get in a live casino, tournaments starting every 15 minutes; a one-dollar buy-in can get you 300 dollars more or less at a final table. Free rolls and satellites that can land you in a tournament with a huge prize pool.
It is what it is, I enjoy online poker Ö to each their own.