Anonymous opponents

    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Joined: 16.05.2009 Posts: 240
      Bodog's Hidden Opponents

      Seriously, what the fuck? :evil:

      Bodog was my favourite site, I really enjoyed playing there even though the site is no longer tracked on pokerstrategy. I've slaved for hours and hours taking notes on my regular opponents, and as such have seen a very healthy profit. It's the site where I built my bankroll.

      I'm not too bothered about that though, I'll move it elsewhere... I'm just wanting to know your thoughts on anon opponents? Is this the future or just a silly move by a silly poker site?

      "This feature stops poker pros accessing any data on how you play your game via the use of HUDs and other data mining sites like PokerTableRatings and SharkScope."

      Personally, I think the latter. The reasoning makes no sense, apparently we won't have reads on opponents in a live casino game? Ridiculous, of course we will. We'll know their name, what they look like and be able to make mental notes and gather information on them, not some amorphous unknown blob or a number that we can't possibly get any reads.
  • 8 replies
    • 1984ioc
      1984ioc
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      Joined: 16.07.2011 Posts: 712
      I play on the microgaming network Zareos and i have watched the Anonymous tables scenario since they launched it around a year ago.At first there was only a few tables on each level but now they dominate over regular tables.From what i see they have exploded in popularity in the lower stakes anyway (NL10 +20).

      As long as there is an option for both then i think it is ok and being honest i prefer the anonymous ones.Where do you think all the fish are?They love these settings as they don't want people to have so much info on them.Test it out first is what i recommend.
    • pleno1
      pleno1
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      Joined: 19.11.2010 Posts: 5,596
      Anonymous tables really intrigue me. I have a style that is relatively exploitable by regs who have 1000+ hands on me, but vs unknowns it works very well and people take a while to adjust and adapt vs me.

      I have friends who really hate anonymous tables because they focus their game around holdem manager and win money by beating the bad regs at their tables who they have reads and stats on and are able to crush by exploiting leaks that they find.

      Some anonymous tables are extremely soft and I have been on tables with 5 huge whales who were donating stacks. Other time they are extremely reggy and you sometimes get the feeling that it may be a few friends trying to win a quick buck.

      GL if you do decide to play on these tables and let me know how the games are running yeh?

      Thanks
      Patrick
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Joined: 16.05.2009 Posts: 240
      Originally posted by pleno1
      GL if you do decide to play on these tables and let me know how the games are running yeh?
      1984ioc has convinced me to give them a shot... I'm on the micros still so I'll play some abc poker and hopefully the anonymous tables will be kinds.

      I'll keep you guys posted....
    • pleno1
      pleno1
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      Good luck! If there's any tables that you are "suspicious" about, I'd suggest just leaving and sitting elsewhere.

      Let us know how it goes :)
    • fuzzyfish
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      Joined: 12.01.2010 Posts: 862
      Microgaming has the anonymous tables for a while now. It basically makes the edge you have smaller. In regular table you have the hud and the reads/notes, fish don't. That's an enormous advantage. In anonymous tables you are equal in this aspects.
    • Zareos
      Zareos
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      Joined: 16.05.2009 Posts: 240
      Tried to have a go, but the new software is crappy.... every time it's my turn to post-blind or bet, it freezes, doesn't let me click anything and then says I've "timed out" and am now in sit-out mode.

      Will give it a week before I go back and see if the software has improved/worked out the kinks...
    • 1984ioc
      1984ioc
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      Originally posted by fuzzyfish
      Microgaming has the anonymous tables for a while now. It basically makes the edge you have smaller. In regular table you have the hud and the reads/notes, fish don't. That's an enormous advantage. In anonymous tables you are equal in this aspects.
      From what i notice on Microgaming fuzzy at the levels i play NL10 and NL20 the vast majority of tables being used are Anonymous tables so i have tried to adjust to them as that is where most of the action now is in my opinion.

      I see where you are coming from though and if you can get enough action at the regular tables then all is good.

      @Zareos Can't comment on the software element at all but are you saying they are now only using the anon tables now and no regular tables?That is very strange if true.As i said maybe see how you get on for a while but if you don't like it etc. then you are prob better off moving.

      Let us know how it goes for you.
    • SPeedFANat1c
      SPeedFANat1c
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      Joined: 04.01.2009 Posts: 5,071
      The big problem is that it is much harder to sucpect bots on these tables :( Or colluders.