PhilliesPhan wrote:It just appears that all too often cards that shouldn't even be played wind up winning...this would increase the pot size since more people would stay and chase and thus it would increase their take.
Part of that is simply because quite a few hands are not favorites by as much as people think. The biggest reason it seems that way is because you easily play 3 times the amount of hands online as you do in person in the same amount of time. Example, live, you play around 20 hands per hour. Online, it's easily 50 an hour and as many as 75+ per hour. The bad beats are still at the same percentages, they just seem to hit more often because you're playing so many hands and not really realizing it. Also, bad beats stick out in your brain, where as regular wins do not. There are a few programs you can download that will track all your hands and show the percentages. In the long run, the better hands hold up right at the percentages they should.
PhilliesPhan wrote:Also there is nothing (to the best of my knowledge) to stop a person from opening multiple accounts and use a KVM Port Switch (which would allow several computers to run at the same time off of one monitor and keyboard/mouse) to play multiple hands at a table or simply join a table with a few friends and know what each other has and simply not bet against each other.
I'll stick with the deck of cards I can touch and players I can see.
All the poker sites track IP address. My wife and I both have accounts with Pokerstars and we play at the same time thanks to a router. Here's the catch. We can not play at the same table or the same sit and go. The system auto blocks the second player from registering. We can play the same multitable tourney, but we have yet to run into each other on the same table. Probably the closest we got was a $5+$1 with over 1,000 people and we both reached the final 50 or so. Never did run into each other.
Not only do they trace IP, they also watch the playing patterns. Every game dealt is downloaded into their database and analyzed. If they even so much as suspect that two people are working together, they will not allow those two to play at the same table anymore.
To go even further, they also track transfers of money. Two people who are constantly sending money back and forth are not allowed to play with each other.
There are tons of safeguards for making it safe. Do a few get away with it temporarily? Sure. Is it everywhere you turn? No way.
I prefer live games as well, but seeing as how gambling is illegal in Texas, online is the only way for me to be able to play on a daily basis. I do make quite a few trips to Shreveport though, and now that Oklahoma has legalized table games, I have a closer option.
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