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Poker porn

December 31, 2007

Most poker sites have .net versions of their site as well as a .com version. My understanding of this is that the .net version is play money only. I’m guessing that they do this for marketing purposes so that they can advertise these play money sites whereas they cannot advertise the real money versions. This way they can say, “play like the pros at blahblahblah.net”, and then get the name out there for the real money version.

But there seems to be no or little difference in the software or servers. People registered as .net players are able to play real money freerolls, or at least this seems to be the case. I wonder what someone who is basically self-taught would think if they learned to play at play money tables, then started playing freerolls, won some money, and then tried to play at the real money tables? Play money tables play much differently because most of the people are self-taught (I recall watching hands play out and ruing the fact that I folded my Ace-2 offsuit because an ace came on the flop and I would have won that hand. Sound familiar?). Freerolls are another matter again. You get some players who know something about playing but not always playing optimally, against self-taught players, against players whose instruction comes from watching the big bluffs that are excerpted for TV.

The craziest are the freerolls that run all the time so there is no cost to busting out since another starts up in a minute or two. People get excited as if it’s poker porn or something. Registration fills up in seconds and then people seem hell bent on busting out just as fast. My advice for playing these; shove AK/AQ and the big pairs AA down to TT preflop. Limp any suited connectors even with gaps and big connectors that aren’t suited, as well as any suited Aces, medium pairs and even small pairs. These are all hands that can hit monsters which is what you are seeking. Don’t worry about trying to raise preflop with anything else; preflop raises do almost nothing to chase these wild players from playing, especially a donk who has a huge rack because he shoved any 2 hole cards in the first hand and took out 4 other people. Just encourage him to spew chips when your hand hits hard. If you have a big stack relative to the blind size (30 or more BBs), then you can afford to call small raises too with the above hands and still try to hit flops. If you get 2 pair or better, look at the stack sizes that are still in the hand with you. If they’re big stacks, you’ve got to really overbet to protect your hand/get value from the bad players. Don’t think in terms of pot odds, think in terms of stack sizes because that’s what they will be thinking. If he’s got 10,000 chips and a flush draw he won’t have a problem paying 300 into a 600 pot after you pot it, but he’ll also pay 1,500 to chase a 1,800 pot even if there are no implied odds because you’ve pushed. They are willing to pay to chase, even if they’re drawing anorexic-ally slim. Don’t try to play reasonable poker until it’s down to 2 tables or thereabouts.

It can be fun though since it’s all about drawing/chasing and taking down huge pots when you flop the nuts and someone thinks their 8s in the hole are good or that they can scare you off by shoving in their stack. These Ivey-wannabe-kiddies think they’re making the moves but in reality are just playing like drunken maniacs. Of course they will have their fair share of suck outs too, so that’s when it’s good that there’s another event coming up in a moment.

Anyway, someone going through this kind of learning process is going to have a heck of a time trying to play real poker.

On the other hand, I wonder though if there is any value to playing these to develop a style for playing the rebuy period of rebuy tournies. There are definite similarities as you can try to play anything that might hit a big hand.

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2 comments

  1. I think you have suggested the correct type of strategy to play in freerolls.I must however point out that once you have acquired a bank roll you must avoid these freerolls.There is a real danger that you will develope a tight-passive style to succeed in freereolls,and then take this into real money games.Playing a tight-passive style holds back the developement of your game.It becomes very boring,and you do not develope ways to make movesand read opponents.Instead you become concerned too much about what you hold-and not what your opponent holds.
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  2. I don’t recommend this approach for all freerolls, only for ones like this that run very frequently. It’s overly loose, overly aggressive for general use, IMO.

    The difference between these freerolls and the “real” freerolls (ie. ones that run only a few times per day or private ones that you have to have a password in order to enter) is that there is no time value to your entry, in other words you don’t give up your only chance to play for the next 4 hours or for the next week if you bust out. As a result, your opposition is playing much looser and gambling much more, even much more so than I am advocating playing so even still I am playing tighter and more aggressive than my opposition.

    In a “normal” freeroll I use closer to my usual MTT approach; more of a standard TAG game unless I identify specific players as weak/loose/overaggressive or whatever. Though, honestly, I don’t pay very much attention to the player’s styles as I only play freerolls for entertainment.

    I still play all kinds of freerolls, cash ring games, play money SnGs, real money SnGs for variety depending on the mood I’m in and the time of day (some sites that I play on are used more by Europeans than North Americans)and try to adapt my style based on what I think my opposition is playing.



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