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hey from canada

    • shiestyguy
      Joined: 25.03.2008 Posts: 3
      hi, I play online as shiestyguy on partypoker and pokerstars sometimes.

      Im mostly a cash player online, and live I play tournaments.

      I started playing poker when I was 17, eventually building a decent bankroll (over 2 years), by saving the money Id win playing with friends or at parties.

      I signed up for a ticket to a casino tournament in my hometown, (430+70) buyin. To which I took second place to one of the worst beats I have ever taken to this day. AK suited vs 89 suited, the board flushed, and he hit a straight flush. this was heads up, with him only a slight chiplead. I left with a little more than 6,000.

      I decided to try playing online, which I still havent had much success with, I dont like the playstyle, everyone is dying for a coinflip.

      I still play online, and Ive won 4 live tournaments from that point. I dont play poker for a living as I enjoy my current job.

      I think the greatest advice I was ever given was from an old man at a tournament in a shitty bar I played at for a while. "experience and knowledge is as much a burden as it is a pleasure." to which later in the night I watched him lose about 250$ to a girl who looked about 19 and constantly informed us of how shed never played before.

      I love the game, I just wish there werent so many people out there ready to AI you with ace rag from any position. Im sure some of you love it as its probably a great income source, but Ive lost jj to ace 8 os too many times!

  • 4 replies
    • SoyCD
      Joined: 20.02.2008 Posts: 6,356
      Hi shiestyguy and welcome to the boards,

      While it does get quite frustrating sometimes to lose against bad players going all-in on your with random crap hands - its essentially what you want. The internet has the distinct advantage of letting you play multiple tournaments at all time and hour, so that busting online - isn't quite as aggravating (at least for me) than going out on a bad beat in a live-tournament, where the rest of the evening is pretty much dedicated to cash games.

      Hope to see you around the boards :)

      Best regards
    • fun101rockets
      Joined: 01.06.2008 Posts: 1,162
      im also from canada. where r u from (which city)?
    • shiestyguy
      Joined: 25.03.2008 Posts: 3
      Ajax Ontario.

      the live tourneys Im referring to are at Casino Rama.

      what about you?

      thanks for the reply soy, I agree that multi tabling is a really great aspect.
      Its just the lack of human interaction which annoys me.

      I play most of my game on reads, Ive won many pots on table image/tells. Online anyone with A/rag would insta call me, but in real life I think theres also a physical intimidation aspect which helps push him to drop his trash hand :)

      hahah, not literally of course, but I think being behind a computer screen makes people feel safer about playing fish draws.

      I understand making them pay for it and etc, but it just doesnt hold the profitability for me, Im 100x the live player I am the online player.
    • ehkayforty7
      Joined: 16.05.2008 Posts: 123
      There is definitely a distinction between online and live poker.

      I'm pretty much in your shoes, I wasn't that great at online after playing only live games for a couple years. The game is much faster online and you have less reads, so you have to work with what you have.

      Stats are a great thing to have, as they help with the speed of the game so you can get quick reads. I agree with you about people playing way fishier online (maybe because of being behind a screen as you say) so we have to adjust to that. Play tighter, be more patient, and when you hit your hands bet hard.

      This is of course for lower limits.

      If you make it to higher limits you will find the game to be much more involved, if you know what I mean. There is more "poker" being played, rather than set vs overpair, str8 vs flush and so on.

      But still, at most limits there are fish that will see an A in his hand and think hes got the nuts. As Soy said though, we want people playing like this. Sometimes the variance bites us in the ass and we will wish they wouldn't have played their hand like they did, but in the long run it's profitable for good players.

      Good luck and hope to see you around the forums. :)