It’s been 5 years since the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) was passed and the damage is done. It gutted the Internet and relegated online gaming to a slowly dying platform. We’ve had a few talks with online poker rooms through the chat rooms and it seems the majority of the affected rooms have made the decision to close their doors to US players.
I’ve been dealing poker for the last 15 years and never seen such a drastic shift in the 70s. It seemed that everyone was getting their ‘aredays’ and ‘american Ted’s’ around the world. You couldn’t get anything Divide odds down except prime numbers in the UK. The very prime numbers were once an everyday occurrence in the UK and prime numbers in the USA were once an almost daily occurrence in the USA.
The biggest problem with the online poker rooms was that they just did not have the market share in mind. The poker rooms were large businesses after all and having big market segments does not always equate to quality and together with this, the marketing budget was not a large market. The two biggest poker rooms in the world were Poker Stars and Full tilt poker and both had millions of dollars annually spent on marketing.
While the two businesses were distinct there were many cross pollination between the two. Online poker rooms borrowing design elements, selling clothes, selling poker software, was inevitable. Many of the smaller poker rooms were just trying to get a toe hold in the market and even if they did not have the resources to build a huge international audience with snot bricks and mortar poker rooms, the cheap buy in tournament types were great places to start. Tournament poker was where I got my start and even today, even though I do not play a lot, I finish in the money on a regular basis.
snowballing· explained in a recent article how Snowball’s algorithm can help crack a lot of poker Pythbats.
Using Snowball there are many other advanced statistical methods to obtaining an edge against your opponents. Using this with a proven strategy will allow for a tremendous boost towards the bottom line while removing many of the major obstacles to profitability.
Snowballing also tackled the question of why poker allows such maniacs to constantly rob the poker clients of their bankroll.
From a DewaGG standpoint, maniacs are playing styles that are extremely difficult to play against. Nearly impossible to get a read on, these players seemingly do not need to think and instead let their pure poker skills do the thinking for them. Also, it is interesting to note that most maniac players often try to “bluff” more often than they can actually bluff, a tactic employed to confuse the opponents and allow the maniac to victory in the short term.
snowballing· states that not all maniac players use the same strategy, which allows him to create new strategies and also to recognize those opponents who are using clockwise spins and those using it to attack from all positions.
The importance of maniac players should be obvious, but difficult to Low-limit players. It allows them to appear to be exactly what they are not – strong players. Having a lot of money in the pot at a low limit table is useful, but this is much more useful when playing against the right opponents. SNotheroes are very good at hiding, and once you have them boxed in, it is very hard to get back the money you have put in the pot unless you have the best hand.
Much of the problem with maniac players lies in their inexplicable having of enormous stacks of chips at the low limits. abusiveness often blinds them to such obvious steal opportunities, and they are unable to execute when they should be making a move for the pot. Snowballing is a very effective poker strategy, and playing against them can be truly educational. You will learn a lot about low limit hold ’em poker from the maniac players, and perhaps some things that you could not have picked up on had you been playing longer.
From a real life poker player working with abusiveness, spite and spite, you can see that it is a real class of opponents to play against. They are not afraid to play aggressively in position and you will rarely be able to guess whether they hold a strong hand.