Hooked: Pokies are Designed to be Addictive
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13-10-2017, 06:46 AM
RE: Hooked: Pokies are Designed to be Addictive
(12-10-2017 02:56 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Usually the slot tournaments have buy ins, so while you are playing against the machine and other players, you don’t have to keep feeding money into the machine if you lose a few hands, your share of the prize is reduced.

I was responding to Dom saying poker isn't a game of chance, not how poker compares to other games in terms of losses or payouts.
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13-10-2017, 08:06 AM
RE: Hooked: Pokies are Designed to be Addictive
(13-10-2017 06:44 AM)RobbyPants Wrote:  
(12-10-2017 02:51 PM)Dom Wrote:  There are ongoing legal battles over this - whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill.

The correct answer, I would say, is "both".


(12-10-2017 02:51 PM)Dom Wrote:  On a tournament level, much of the game actually has little to do with the cards.

Little perhaps, but not eliminated entirely. I understand ideas about value bets, position, chip count, and a tight-aggressive playing style. All of these things are very important, but there are times when the cards absolutely do matter.

Now playing poker online, where you cannot see others, is a whole different animal. You don't tend to have the consistent winners like in land tournies.

The difference is that there is no body language to read. True that the cards are never eliminated entirely, but in land tournies they carry less weight than online.

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13-10-2017, 10:28 AM
RE: Hooked: Pokies are Designed to be Addictive
(13-10-2017 08:06 AM)Dom Wrote:  Now playing poker online, where you cannot see others, is a whole different animal. You don't tend to have the consistent winners like in land tournies.

The difference is that there is no body language to read. True that the cards are never eliminated entirely, but in land tournies they carry less weight than online.

I can agree with that. I've never been good at reading body language, but I'm better at noticing when a person deviates from their usual behavior. I used to play online a lot (just play money), and I did really well in limit games. I was able to leverage playing solid, mechanical poker over the long term, but I didn't have to worry about being read by other people.
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