I used to play Pacific Poker, it's still on my computer, but not really anymore. Found out that everytime you open it, it can get spyware and all that garbage into your computer, basically you're opening the door for it. I'm pretty sure that when you download them and check off that you agree to the terms and stuff, it is in there...that they can get into your computer and stuff. At least that's what I've heard...too lazy to check it myself...might just be a rumor.
It's a shame last off season's poker tourneys were stopped. Maybe if there's enough interest, we could start scheduling a couple small money (or free, if not enough of you play $) NL single or double tables tourneys? Like $2 or $5 buy-in?
I usually keep all of my poker to the "garage with friends" or "depensing into machine with no hope of returning at Indian Casino" type. I've tried to avoid all of the online hype... too much money to be lost that way. Plus its more fun in person...
Tyr wrote:Your chances on winning money online are a helluva lot higher than they could ever be playing poker on a machine..
...not that I want more competition.
technically, when you play online, you ARE playing on a machine...
Actually, the only reason I played machine poker was because of the last time I went. My friends and I went to our favorite Indian Casino in SD (Barona), so we could indulge in our true sickness, Video Blackjack. Video Blackjack is awesome, because I had made great money playing it before (aside the time I went when I was smashed... bad times). When we arrived, we found out that the machines had been taken out (possibly because others were having similar luck at video blackjack). Not wanting to waste the evening, we fed our money into poker machines... phooey.
As for playing online, I don't know why I haven't gotten into it yet... probably because I only go to the Casinos once in a while. If I started playing online, I'm the type that would get hooked, and quick.
I didn't get into online poker seriously until they took the poker room out of our local indian casino (which I live roughly five minutes away from). I still play dorm games at UConn every once in awhile, but I've found online play is FAR more profitable, and still fun.
The swings online hurt, but they don't hurt nearly as much as they did playing live limit tables at the mohegan sun.
If you decide to give it a go, definately start with pacific poker. The software is mediocre, but the players are absolutely atrocious. from 2/4 all the way down to .10/.20 the limit players are fish. I've been seeing an average of 65-85% paying to see the flop, and you probably half of the players that buy the flop are willing to follow you all the way just to see what you have. Just find a comfy loose game (~70% flop) on a low limit table, and you'll be making a couple bucks an hour even on a .25/.50 if you play tight.
well, I might give it a go then... but I definitely want to school up more before I go online. I want to be the shark and not the fish, after all. I've played poker for practically all my life, but as far as Hold'em goes, I've only been playing about 3 months, maybe.
All you need to know to win online is how to play a tight hand. If you're not holding strong pocket cards, fold. If you're holding a pocket pair and an overcard appears on the flop, fold. If someone's betting aggressively after a connected or flushing flop, fold.
You'll only play one out of every fifteen or twenty hands probably, give or a take a couple, but chances are you'll win roughly a third of the hands you stay in for.. even leading the fish around