Personal Stuff

Recovering Poker Bankroll

If you read my blog from time to time, you should already be familiar with my recent “success” at PartyPoker; a scam site that introduced a brand new feature – dozens of bots (or fake players, no matter how you call those virtual opponents developed for cheating purposes by PartyPoker programmers) – several months ago. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, jump to this post and read it carefully before continuing…

Right after posting that story, I received many messages in Facebook from other poker players. Most of them shared the same PartyPoker experience with me, while some others told me I’m a fish who doesn’t understand how to play the game and complains about his bad luck because of an incompetence. Alright, I don’t blame them; if I was about to read a similar story posted by some other guy, I would also probably think of him as a person who isn’t aware of a variance in poker. Put simply, if you lose with AK vs 22 (a coin flip in poker) several times in a row, it doesn’t mean someone is cheating on you; he’s just lucky. All of use have huge downswings and upswings that continue for days, weeks, or even months, and all we can do about this is to stay as calm and confident as possible; bad luck is going to be over soon.

However, when an incredible run of cards and the most unbelievable draws continue for months, there’s something to be worried about, especially if you see hundreds of other players starting to share exactly the same experience at the same time. I decided to check this the most simple yet the most most effective way: by cashing out all my funds and migrating to another online poker room. I’m not going to advertise any gambling there, so don’t ask what room I refer to; it doesn’t matter at all.

Call me fish if you want to, but I don’t think fishes start successfully boosting their bankrolls just because of migrating to another room (this is what happened to me). So far, pushing all-in was damn strange for several days; once an opponent reveals his cards (and it becomes clear he is a huge underdog) I always expect a bad card (or cards) to come on the flop, turn, or river, which doesn’t happen. Another all-in (where I’m a favorite), all the 5 community cards are out, and… no incredible draw comes, I win again. In fact, the most fantastic draws that came at PartyPoker site every single time I was all-in convinced me that a bad bead is a must, so I was instinctively moving mouse cursor over “X” (close) button every time after committing all the chips, and it took me two or three weeks to believe there could be otherwise.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to say that I didn’t experience any bad beats on the site I’m playing right now; I did (numerous times). Honestly, I had a period of several days when anyone could outplay me no matter of his cards, which drove me crazy. But the fact is that even after those bad beats, my bankroll is growing. Not only I was able to regain all the money lost to fake players at PartyPoker, I was able to greatly boost my bankroll in a short time, which leads me into thinking that I was right; it wasn’t just a bad luck, it was a PartyPoker scam. If you don’t believe me and want to test their room for yourself, good luck to you!