Poker can be a frustrating game sometimes. As if the cards didn’t have a mind of their own there are external factors which can send you on tilt themselves. I suppose it’s a question of etiquette. Yesterday I read about a player who got a lifetime ban and it gave me the idea for this poll. This week’s question is “Which of the following do you think is the worst poker etiquette?” Answer this week’s poll and leave a comment with your Twitter username to be in with a chance of winning an Irish Winter Festival satellite token.
Table camping – this is the practice of sitting at a heads up table and refusing to play anyone decent. When an opponent comes along who they don’t fancy playing they just sit out. This blocks up the table and they expect you to just leave. Of course, the stubborn player will just sit there on the basis “if they haven’t got the bottle to play me they’ve got a cheek if they think it’s ME who is going to get up and leave”. Of course this is bad for the site because it blocks up tables and there’s no action. Fortunately as Paddy Power is on the iPoker network, action is taken against players who do this and quite right too. I’ve had this happen to me a lot in the past and when I ask why they won’t play me they even get abusive. Or say that I’m the “nit” – the irony of which would be funny if it didn’t make me quite so angry Off with their heads!
Buttoning/Blind dodging. I heard about this one yesterday and I think it is a problem only on Poker Stars. Apparently there was a Poker Stars player who twigged that in a 6-max game if you sat in the 6 seat the software meant you would be the button when the game started. So he would sit in loads of 6 seats and be the button. He’d play a few hands (obviously without having to post a blind) and the hand before it was his turn to pay the blind he would sit out! So the tight fisted weasel never paid a blind like everyone else. Absolutely disgraceful! I just wish it was possible to rig the software to give him 7-2o every hand until he got the hint. But he did get his just desserts. They warned him they would ban him if he continued to do this. Being a scummer he ignored the warning and they were good to their word, serving him up a lifetime ban. Fair play!
Extreme Bum Hunting. This happens when the entire table breaks when the fish leaves. Game selection is one thing but when you see a waiting list at an online table a mile long you know there’s a fish at that table with dreadful stats and he is being targeted by sharks who own software which scans the tables for this type of player. The fish probably isn’t even aware this software exists. When the fish leaves, the table breaks up completely. It’s horrible behaviour, akin to bullying really because the players have no interest in a fair fight. I’ve seen this happen in a live game and it is embarrassing.
Short stack system players - they buy in for the bare minimum and just play to a set of rules off a crib sheet. eg if you raise 30% of buttons they shove the top 15% of hands from the big blind and so on. They are not interested in playing poker and have one move only – all in. When they double up they promptly leave the table because they don’t know how to play a normal stack. Not all short stackers leave immediately. Some stick around to play on- perhaps they were just short of cash, but the systematic “hit and run” short stackers really incur my wrath.
Congratulations to @fiercelyacute for winning last week’s poll