Posted 30 January 2007 - 12:10 AM
Ok, I read it all.I certainly sympathize, and the US players, with their views on online poker, at the moment. For me, it's not nearly the end of the world. There are more than enough players here, Europe, Asia, and degen Americans who will play, to keep the games profitable, IMO. I'm also confident that in the future, we see the US gov't backtrack a bit on poker, probably just to regulate it and take their cut, but although I have a minor in Poli Sci, I am by no means an expert.With respect to live play, I do play a ton. I kinda go in spurts. If I tend to be running poorly online, or in one of my funks (you'll see if you read the goals threads, or the one Abba put up tracking the last 7 goals threads), I tend to play a ton at the B&M. As Cinci mentioned, it's simply not as profitable. And that's not to say that I can't beat it, but just that I live in a medium sized town (~100k), and the demand for live poker really isn't huge. The poker room is open from 7pm to 4am Saturday through Thursday, and Friday 7pm to 6am. Sometimes the games die down before the closing time, even. As you see, if they were filled the max hours, I only have 9 hours of play available to me on each day (11 on Friday). Furthermore, the only regularly spread limit is 3/6, and very rarely a 5/10 game. It simply isn't as profitable to play live poker. That's not to say I haven't logged a ton of hours doing it. It's a great change of pace from the online grind, and is a ton of fun.I'm pretty sure Cinci covered the rest. Rakeback, bonuses, hands per hour, and multitabling make online poker about 50 times more profitable than live, considering I can't play any higher limits here. Like, I already play 3/6 and 5/10 online, why would I play 3/6 live?Having said all that, the games aren't different. The comparaison about dome games to open-air games is ridiculous. If both of those aren't football, then I don't know what is.Maybe we are just having some sort of definition discrepancy or something here.I don't know. I don't really know how to explain it any further. It's still poker. It's still Limit Hold'Em. As Iggy posted, you can find games online that play exactly like live games, and you can find live games that play exactly like online games. Some people's obsession to try to seperate the two is usually just a meager attempt to justify why they can't beat one or the other. I mean, that's what poker players do. They try to justify why they lose, and most players do lose. "Oh, he should have folded the turn to my bluff, I can't beat these calling stations", and so on. They all try to justify why they are losing, and to me, this is just another incarnation of that. When you break it down, the live and online are just two different venues for the same game. It's really simple.Cheers.- Zach
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Zach is right about pretty much everything.