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Hello my minions,

A few days after throwing myself back into poker I have become baffled by something...Online tournaments. I know the structure of the game, have some knowledge about strategy and have so far been doing so – so in them. However, sometimes in the middle of a hand a few things leave me scratching my head…

Firstly,
Players, whom in early rounds go all in pre flop….EVERY SINGLE HAND! This gets me extremely frustrated. All these players usually gain is the blinds posted by the BB & SB and little annoyed me muttering under my breath ‘here we go again’. I cannot understand this kind of hyper aggressive play as it doesn’t seem to benefit their position in the tournament, usually getting knocked out in early rounds by a player who uses the same tactic. Like cannibals they devour each other up and the last one is left to face a table of more cunning foxes, who were just waiting for their chance to out play and out class them. I’ve only seen this hyper aggressive play online and wish someone could explain it to me, as it really leaves me perplexed. I have a few theories of course, such as it is some Freudian aggression complex and giving away chips is symbolical of certain ‘relations’, they may just simply feel the need to be aggressive and chose to play poker instead of roaring like a dinosaur to get all the anger out. More logically it could be just aggressive play that seems amplified online because you’re hiding behind a screen and cannot actually sit next to them and read them.

Which moves me onto my next point…reading online players.

During online tournaments I have tried to make notes about those I am playing with but not with much success. One small reason is that you get moved around tables a fair bit and have to start all over with your notes every time this happens (with 10 000 people per tournament it can happen quite a lot). Meanwhile blinds and ante’s are going up, you’re trying to make a decision about a hand without the time bank going crazy at you and at the same time trying to suss out different players. It is an overload of information. Add this overload with the online aspect of these tournaments…every player is behind a screen somewhere. Reading a player in this environment is mind boggling. Is that player really being tight playing sparsely or are they multitasking online? Was that pause in calling a hesitation showing a bluff? Or were they simply trolling a friend’s facebook status and needed to finish typing first? Or one mistake I made myself was watching QI online and playing a tournament, completely misread my cards & pressed to raise button instead of call due to clicking between windows and almost losing all my chips. Luckily to other player did not pick up on this accidental bluff and folded. Again leaving me scratching my head about how did I manage to get away with that?

My conclusion:
The internet can make you do some stupid things…in poker :-P
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