Most of the postings I see talk about a single bad beat. Nothing is unusual about that. I flopped quad 3's and lost to a runner runner Royal Flush. Funny and odd but not crooked.
I have played online off and on for years. I used to play at Pacific when they allowed US players. I won consistently. I played 3-6 to 5-10 limit hold'em.
I had to switch after the law change.
Altogether 4 of us had similar experiences at a couple different sites. We all won about $3000 then started breaking even. None of us could ever win again. We didn't lose, just couldn't win. At first we all blamed our play but no amount of correction changed things. How could 4 players win consistently to a certain level then switch to break even?
Finally I began to keep records. At one site it seemed there was a cursed hand and it was KK. To be sure I wasn't imagining it I kept track. In 13 holdings I won only one time and I filled up that time. I played as aggressively as possible in a limit game and never had more then two opponents, usually one or both of the blinds. One memorable time I lost to 42 off. I asked a fellow player to track Kk and he lost 11 straight. The compound probability of that is pretty impossible.
It seemed that there was a hook in our profile which affected the shuffling algorithm. Not enough to make us lose but enough to help the weaker player. We broke even and acted as unpaid shills for the site while the weak player lasted much longer and all the money went to the rake. Perhaps KK was the irresistible hand which wouldn't be as obvious as AA.
Lately I play sngs at Bodog. I like the site and find nothing unusual about it. The play is very much like live. I still see people blame the site for bad beats but those happen everywhere. I average 24% ROI. My only complaint is they have trouble getting games together. I play the regular sngs and 20-30 is about as big as they get and it takes a long time to start one, if it starts at all. There are 56 double ups but that is the same 20 guys trying to play the nuts and limp into 5th place.
I don't know if it is Bodog or simply the sngs which are kind of immune to tampering vs ring games. I haven't played ring games in a long time.
If any of you have experienced something similar I would like to hear. If you have a site you are able to beat consistently I would like to know that as well. It is funny but I have had players scoff at the thought that a site would favor players, etc. They tell me it is all natural and go on and on about their play or bad beats happening in live play too or swings of luck, etc. Then I look up their stats and find they are consistently losing players. I don't play just for the fun of it. I like to play but I refuse to play and just break even.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
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Thread: Not a bad beat story
August 22nd, 2010 #1
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Not a bad beat story
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Maybe you have some leaks in your game? If you really want to win then why don't you just hire a poker coach? That way someone will analyze and explain every single hand for you. Just think of it as a great investment that will pay off in the long run.
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