Let’s get this out of the way, first and foremost:
Ok, YES, YES, and YES….
1) In Poker you can legally bluff
2) In Poker you can get lucky
Here’s the thing… No one likes to play against people who have very little knowledge of the game. People who use little strategy, or skill. People who work on the premise “my wallet is larger than my poker skill” and then flood these online poker rooms..
It completely takes the fun out of the game.
It is akin to a Dart Tourney for money, where some idiot walks in, pays the entry fee, and covers his eyes and throws darts and accidentally constantly hits triple 20, or the bullseye. It’s an insult to the skilled players of the game, if someone who has more money than brains, wins by sheer luck.
Let’s say we train an ape to say “call, check, raise and fold” and follow the appropriate chip guestures. Meanwhile the ape has no knowledge of what the CARDS mean.
The ape ends up winning the WPT (World Poker Tournament) by sheer luck. Do we salute the ape, and have a new respect for poker because an ape happened to get the right cards at the right time?
Let me give you an example of a poker hand I experienced tonight “online” for REAL MONEY:
The fish or donkey has 2, 3 suited of spades.
Blind is $1/$2
He’s first to act, and calls $1
It goes all the way around, someone raises to $2, he calls…
It goes all the way around, 5 players in the pot.
Flop comes out, 10 hearts, 9 diamonds, 5 spades
Ok, this donkey no longer has a flush draw…
He also has no straight draw…
He also has not made a pair of any sort…
The pot is at $10, first person bets $6.00, second person folds, third person folds…
It eventually gets to him with 3 players in the pot, he CALLS with nothing at $6
This isn’t even a good bluff, because, he has absolutely no “outs”.
Fine, the moron calls, a 2 comes up on the turn. Pot is huge now, like $28
The aggressive player bets $25.00, second person folds, the moron calls $25.00
Pot is massive now, its $53.00
River is a 3… the moron makes 2 pair… the aggressive player checks, the moron checks…
The aggressive player had 10’s…
The moron made 2 pair on the turn & river, but sat through the heavy betting with calls & checks.
That’s not bluffing… since there was no raising by the idiot.
He rode out the cards to the river with complete “junk” with a 3% chance of winning the entire way.
So what fun or skill does this person bring to money games? NONE…
People would say “hey, we love donkeys and poker fish like this… eventually they break and we get their money”
But the odd night you don’t — and it’s those nights that are hard to handle. Its very frustrating to play Texas Holdem Poker with people who do not understand the game, and win by sheer luck on a constant basis.
It’s this concept that turns away many good players from seeing the game through and making the game what it really should be…
I lost money tonight, on three different tables “online” with idiots and morons like this…
I makes me not to want to go back, which means that unless your playing for high stakes online.. there isn’t any point to playing for less than $100 buy-ins. Which ruins the fun that online gambling could be..
So I’m just going to have to hit in-person tournaments I suppose.
I am just having a hard time dealing with my frustration.