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My "Learning to Win at Poker -- Chip by Chip" Diary

Pretty much ever since I started playing poker online  I've been seeing people comment -- usually in an angry manner -- about how the poker dealing software seems "fixed" to give us more than normal bad beats and ridiculous flops. Sometimes it looks pretty bizzare to me as well.

For instance, countless times I've been at a table where two people have gone all-in, everyone can see their cards, and both make their hands -- that is, both people get the cards they need by the river.
Of course one hand is usually better than the other hand so one person is left cursing at the screen.
But it's weird to see this happen over and over.  (And painful when it's my hand that loses.)

Or Player A is winning right up until the river and then......glug, glug.  Player B gets his card and Player A drowns.

 I''ve wondered myself what in the world is wong with the software? Evil programmers having some fun or what?

But I've read a fair amount of stuff by professional poker players who play at "live" tournaments and cash games, as opposed to on the Internet.  And one thing I've learned is that pros are prepared to lose FOR MONTHS.

That is, one of their survival skills is learning how to manage their bankrolls when all they do is lose, lose, lose at the tables for days, weeks, and months.  Imagine losing streaks that go on for months when it's your living.  Shudder.

Meanwhile, online we play so many more hands per hour and per day that it's almost hard to believe how much slower "live" games are. We play thousands of hands in the time they can play hundreds.
So all the trends that pros experience in the "real" world must be accelerated online -- including the losing streaks, suckouts,  and bad beats.

I've reluctantly concluded that the poker software is probably more or less emulating the stats of deals in the real world. I'm guessing that if you looked at 100,000 hands in a live tournament and 100,000 hands in an online tournament, you'd find similar statistical distributions of bad beats, etc

If you know differently please let me know.  I'd love to know if any credible statistical comparisons have been done.
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