How important is a backup internet connection?

    • Leito99
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      Today, I got disconnected which cost me a bunch and tipped me over the edge and I will now look into getting a backup connection.

      I wanted to know what are the other people's opinions of this topic.

      So, how important is a backup connection for a poker pro on a scale of 1 to 10 and do you have one yourself?
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    • NightFrostaSS
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      In CG up to like NL200 ~3/10, at higher stakes it obv goes up. SNG/MTT 10/10 playing at reasonable stakes. IMO.

      Don't have one because my internet connection is very steady and I play CG.
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      For a recreational fish like me who plays once a month it's not important at all :D

      Guess it depends on who you are and what limits you are playing. Basically what NightFrostaSS said :P
    • mohsinj677
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      :f_cool: This post is so great and nice :s_evil:

      In CG up to like NL200 ~3/10, at higher stakes it obv goes up. SNG/MTT 10/10 playing at reasonable stakes. IMO.

      Don't have one because my internet connection is very steady and I play CG.
    • badgerer
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      depends on how solid your usual connection is, how much it costs and how much equity you stand to lose on avg when it breaks.

      my connection is reliable therefore i do not have one... power cuts are my nemesis.
    • Lazza61
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      Originally posted by HollyMichelle
      For a recreational fish like me who plays once a month it's not important at all :D

      Guess it depends on who you are and what limits you are playing. Basically what NightFrostaSS said :P

      Come on Gary, you only play once a month because you are self excluded 30 times a month lol :tongue:
    • kierantierney
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      I've had the same problem. Play mostly SNGs. Reraised with AA, disconected and left with nothing when I reconnect again. Is there anyway to check if its your connection, your software or your machine?
    • LendarTecho
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      I have also lost some money because of my connection when I played SNGs and that is why I switched to cash games{later I have realized that it was a good thing, cuz I am better at cash games}.
    • TeddyBjornen
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      If its +ev to buy a backup-connection you do it. but if you spend more money on the backup than u loose, then its not worth it.
    • InsanityOnFire
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      I just use my phone as a 3g modem in rare cases when internet goes down
    • VorpalF2F
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      This is a classic risk/benefit question.

      Fortunately, I have never studied economics, so I have no idea what the proper way to analyse this is.

      However, since I never let lack of knowledge prevent me from posting...
      1)  How much does a backup internet connection cost per month?
      2)  How much do you lose each month because your connection drops?
      3)  How much of the amount in Q 2 will you avoid losing if you have a backup connection.?

      If the amount in Q 3 is greater on average than the amount in Q 1, then it makes sense to have a backup.

      Otherwise, it doesn't.

      Peace,
      --VS
    • Walshnm
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      CG shouldn't be a problem with standard connection (maybe once a year you get DCed during pot with big money invested already)

      High stakes comp def. worth it - Lost a lot of cash this way in the past (returning just in time to see myself get blinded out bubble :( )

      High stakes SnGs - Again def. worth it especially if you are multi-tabler

      GL GL GL
    • kashmiruzi
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      definitely nothing bu t + EV longterm, even more so depending on the stakes you play and the quality of your current connection.

      i believe this would fall under the economic theory of opportunity cost.
    • ikkvr
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      If u have a shitty connection yes :D I played 12-15 tables cg on nl5 on 100 billion milestone timing and the night it hit my connection was down which easily cost me 500$ coz it nl5 and could have been on the table where it hit (that is optimistic but yes considering it was my limit :P )

      and its costs 100$ here for a yearly connection thats 4years of free internet If it would have been stable that day But I am not a winning player so have to deal with it :P
    • VladimirN
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      One 20 min connection cut cost me around 100-150e which is a yearly internet cost at a rather quick speeds. After a couple of cuts, got myself a spare and it paid off already.
    • Shevtshenko
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      Unnecessary for cgs. Too slow to re-connect to the back-up connection during a pot.
    • Walshnm
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      Originally posted by kashmiruzi
      definitely nothing bu t + EV longterm, even more so depending on the stakes you play and the quality of your current connection.

      i believe this would fall under the economic theory of opportunity cost.
      Big props with the economic reasoning - +EV reference ;)
    • inoimbluffingdou
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      A backup internet connection is pretty necessary with poker or not. If you have a decent smart phone you can use that as a back up
    • VorpalF2F
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      Originally posted by inoimbluffingdou
      A backup internet connection is pretty necessary with poker or not. If you have a decent smart phone you can use that as a back up
      Now why didn't I think of that?!?

      Very good idea, inoimbluffingdou !
      --VS
    • WinStrat
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      I do not lose internet connection often.

      But the power grid goes down regularly here.

      I play MTTs so I have battery backup for my routers and computer.

      If the black out is too long, I use only my laptop on battery and my routers for internet.

      I'd love to have a Windows 8 Tablet with 3G phone connection. That would not be just for backup but playing anywhere I want.

      Don't know how it cost though. The 3G unlimited data plan must cost a bunch.
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