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Old 12-29-04, 04:22 PM
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which poker site should I use?

Which poker site/software is the best for a semi-n00b? I'm looking for one that isn't completely full of sharks. For that reason I've already ruled out pokerstars.com (a little too aggressive for me, and I loathe the software).

These are a few that I know of:

Pokerparty *
Empire Poker *
PokerRoom.com
Pacific Poker

* -- these seem to be sisters with the same software package, but maybe the action is different between them.


I've already done some play money, but I'd like to try real money. I'm particularly interested in tournament play -- nothing huge, just $1-$10 crap. But I think that cheap tournaments like that would give me a lot of practice.

(I suppose I could also try a little $5 sit & go. I assume that those are winner take all?)

So.... is there one particular one I should go with, or are they all about the same?

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Old 12-29-04, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Professor Frink
Which poker site/software is the best for a semi-n00b? I'm looking for one that isn't completely full of sharks. For that reason I've already ruled out pokerstars.com (a little too aggressive for me, and I loathe the software).

These are a few that I know of:

Pokerparty *
Empire Poker *
PokerRoom.com
Pacific Poker

* -- these seem to be sisters with the same software package, but maybe the action is different between them.


I've already done some play money, but I'd like to try real money. I'm particularly interested in tournament play -- nothing huge, just $1-$10 crap. But I think that cheap tournaments like that would give me a lot of practice.

(I suppose I could also try a little $5 sit & go. I assume that those are winner take all?)

So.... is there one particular one I should go with, or are they all about the same?
First site I ever played at was ParadisePoker and liked the software and played there for quite a while.

A few here suggested UltimateBet, so I gave it a try and it has some great tournament options at a lot of levels. Also loved the feature to track "bad players" aka "Ultimate Buddies", it's also easy to find the regular dvdTalkers there too (the few that I know their screen names there).

Then I finally joined PokerStars just for the DvdTalk monthly tournament.
Deposited the minimum $50 there, and started playing there occasionally and built my bankroll up to around $250 after a couple of weeks of minimum play (mostly heads up tournaments, 6 seated sit-n-gos, and a little $1/2 and $2/4 holdem).

as for Software it's taken me the most to get used to PokerStars, but all I find easy/welcoming after a while.
Old 12-29-04, 06:24 PM
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Party and Empire are the same thing. Just skins.

You might try one of the Prima rooms. A lot of European players on there, and I find that they tend to be VERY weak.
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Party Poker seems to have the most noobs and is the easiest for me to win tourneys at. Absolute Poker is tough. Even in a $6 tourney, they are so tight that it will take 45 minutes for the first person to go out. No joke.

Pacific is decent, but partypoker is easily the best for a noob.
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Pacific has easier players than most sites, but the software absolutely sucks.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy517
Pacific has easier players than most sites, but the software absolutely sucks.
There are SO many things wrong with this site.

One of my faves: he's allin on the flop, you call but still have chips, and it's headsup. You have to act on the turn before play continues. (I wonder what would happen if you timed out?)
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Poker is tough. Even in a $6 tourney, they are so tight that it will take 45 minutes for the first person to go out.
If players are that tight, adjust accordingly. A tight table is still beatable. It just takes a bit more time.
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YEah, but I don't want to take more time. I play there when I need to learn patience, I play partypoker when I just want to win money.
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i play at a few diffrent sites...they all have there ups and downs, but absolute is my fav.. up to u really on what ya choose...

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The latest site I've been using the "The Gaming Club". The play has been pretty soft. I also play at party, absolute, pacific, and aztek. The Gaming Club has been the easiest for 7 Stud and the tournaments (even up to $20 sit-and-go), they also have lots of freerolls everyday. Absolute is real nice cause they have reload bonuses constantly, but their background/tables are less visually appealing.

If you do sign up for a new account, sign up through a dvdtalk link or if they don't sponser the poker room then I'd recommend using one of the bonus referral sites (like pokersourceonline or ecasinodeals)
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I've been playing at bodog.com lately to fulfill a requirement for pokersourceonline.

Holy shit these players here are worse than at Pacific, especially at Omaha. I had some guy hard betting into me last night with a 52 flush when I had the nut flush (A8).

And then on the Texas table, I got dealt AK and got AKx on the flop. Some guy kept raising and betting me all the way to the river, when he turned over a pair of 7s that went absolutely nowhere.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
I've been playing at bodog.com lately to fulfill a requirement for pokersourceonline.

Holy shit these players here are worse than at Pacific, especially at Omaha. I had some guy hard betting into me last night with a 52 flush when I had the nut flush (A8).

And then on the Texas table, I got dealt AK and got AKx on the flop. Some guy kept raising and betting me all the way to the river, when he turned over a pair of 7s that went absolutely nowhere.
I've been doing the same. The server is a little slow at times, but these people do not know how to play. I haven't played a tournament yet that I haven't ended up in the money. And I have ended up ahead in live play every time as well.

But...they don't seem to count all the hands I have played towards the point system, at least from I can guage.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I've been doing the same. The server is a little slow at times, but these people do not know how to play. I haven't played a tournament yet that I haven't ended up in the money. And I have ended up ahead in live play every time as well.

But...they don't seem to count all the hands I have played towards the point system, at least from I can guage.

They count all mine just fine, according to the schedule posted on the site. What I can't figure out is this:

If a pot is raked for $1 (and thus worth one poker point), and all you did was put in the $0.25 ante in a 7-stud game, do you still get the point since you contributed to the pot?

If every pot gets raked for $1 and you need 250 points to meet the requirement for PSO, that's only 250 x $.25 = $62.25 worth of antes. Of course, occassionally you'll have to bring-in and/or complete.
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Yes I believe so. Thats what I played at TGC to complete the promotion faster. This was before when you had to contribute to the rake as well.
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You should try playing 7 Stud at TGC. The past three days I've had people call me down to the end or even call my final raise when they can't beat my board or I've got a four flush showing. It's amazing the crap people play, there are a lot less "bad beats" in Stud and I've been make much more money the past few weeks since I switched from Hold'em. The only problem is that it's usually a little harder to find games above 1/2 for 7 Stud.

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