After 5 to 10 years of playing poker you have acquired a certain type of game and poker itself has not become more difficult because it is the same game, but the people you meet at the tables are very different and do not always play the way you expect them to. When you meet people who are serious about trying to play poker right it is easier than when you play with just for fun people because the pretty impossible hands are playing and you can easily lose with the best preflop hand against them if you don't read them properly. I'm someone who loses a lot at the moment, but as long as I've done my best, I don't mind. Of course I don't mean that it is easier to win against people who play poker seriously, but the probability that you will lose to scrap with premium hands is definitely lower
If you're asking about online poker- It's much more dumber than it was 10 years ago. Look at the evolution of rakeback. Today some "Supernova Elite" will get a chance to win some trash by opening the chest, instead of buying Porsche Cayman with rakeback which was clearly accumulated. And the same story goes on - we have to trust the poker site, they don't clearly explain and show the algorythm of random generator and they can't clearly give you 100% confidence that game is as real as it is at the real table with your friends. You have to believe in Jesus and in your poker provider, cause if you don't - then you'll see just bots and hackers at the tables, specially if you lose important hand to some 2 outer.
I believe it's now easier, because poker has gain much popularity the last years, more people are playing now, if you are an old player. Aka professional players in a way, then you would win much easier then back then.
I play poker for around 15 years and in my opinion online poker is tougher than before. I think one of the reasons that can help to explain this is that poker players are studying more about the game than before.
Could not agree more with both mina271 and finaltable1 - the game now is dumber than ever.
Okay, admittedly I am swimming in the shallows and expect things would improve at the higher stakes, but all I see is a level of dumb like never before and I hate to say this but the pandemic just seems to have encouraged a bingo mentality.
That said whilst I pose things might improve at higher stakes, lets face it there is plenty of wild play regularly seen on some of the better known streams.
is poker harder now than it was five or ten years ago?
poker has evolved a lot over the years, new players too, before the ranges of hands were respected more depending on the position of the table where you are, old players used to play more conservative, in the new era of poker there is a new breed of "shark" at the tables that are aggressive loose players they have managed to change that old habit of playing cautious or very conservative the old style of "tigh aggresive" there are many new game strategies that if you learn them to mastering will achieve balance in the game.
Clearly it is not what it was, it is played harder and there are many players who have assistance programs during the game, personally I do not need such a thing because I want to feel good during the game following the decisions I made and not helping me with a program but that depends on what everyone wants ...
It depends on the style of play, cheaper games or freerools are tricky to play because it's hard to play seriously, they pay with any hand believing in luck and sometimes it works... Honestly I think it's much harder to play against this kind of player, it's very easy to compromise your stack...
Everything is changing, and poker and we are with him. But as in the past and now, only patient and disciplined players have a real chance of success. Personally, I believe that beginners now have much more opportunities than 10 years ago.
Without any doubt I can tell you that yes, today poker becomes much more difficult, many concepts, strategies, readings etc are implemented that previously did not exist or were not taken into account or simply were not used.
Depends on the level one is playing. And on average on line poker in particular has gotten a bit tougher because now you have so much on line tools to use, on line courses, etc. Average on line poker player now is more educated about the game then 10 year ago.
The game is much tougher than 10 years ago. We dont get as many new players and today players have more knowledge of the game than in the past. This is not a bad thing but it sure as can be getting tougher every day.
Is poker tougher now compared to five or ten years ago?
Yes. More players are taking the game slightly more seriously and more recreational players have access to get information (YouTube channels, poker podcasts, cardschat forums and so on) and the popularity of the internet is an important role in that.
Compared to 10 years ago, I'd say the quality of the "average player" is higher now, but that doesn't mean the pros and grinders haven't also found ways to raise their edge more and there are still plenty of soft games out there if you look for them it seems.
Overall, I think poker is tougher now than it was 10 years ago, but we can all still adapt; we don't have to get left behind playing outdated strategies that used to work years ago.
p.s. I will note that I didn't even know the rules of poker 10 years ago, but I'm going off of what I've heard, what I've observed and simply putting things into the historical context of how much the game of poker has evolved even in 10 years and the dramatic change since the 2003 Moneymaker "poker boom."
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