Poker, not poker? Question - Which tourney game is closer to playing real poker, a game with a unlimited $500 rebuys, a game with unlimited rebuys of $1500, or a game with unlimited $50,000 rebuys? How many rebuys do you see in the $1500 tourney vs. the $500 tourney? How many rebuys do you think a $50,000 tourney would see? How many players with less than 2501 chips in their bankroll do you see in the $1500 tourney v. the $500? How many players with less than 2500 chips do you see at any tourney with a buy in of more than 2500 chips (obviously none)?
The size of a player’s chips bank stack largely determines how loose they play, regardless of the game and/or format, whether they have a monster bank or the daily minimum. It is the players in between these two that experience the greatest frustration at repeated suck-outs. These players try to play poker, while the others are often only playing bingo.
What do the game stats say about all-in bets in bets while rebuys are still permitted, v. after the break when your stack can only be built by taking another player’s chips. What do the ranking numbers of those players who play bingo look like?
I will play, or not, regardless of what format RP presents, because each game has a different strategy and by extension a different challenge factor. Sometimes I just want to play a “regular” game of poker, without all the insane bets and calls. Finding these games on RP is increasingly more difficult, or I suspect, incredibly expensive to buy in to. Personally, I have never played a tourney with a buy in of greater than $50,000, so I am assuming the more expensive the buy in the greater the likelihood such a RP tourney will mimic a real cash tourney.
I have made this suggestion before and will now make it again. On rebuy tourneys RP might consider a gradated scale for rebuys, say after the first three rebuys. The fourth rebuy only gets you 90% of the initial buy-in. The fifth gets you 80%, and so on. You could to it the other way as well. The amount of chips purchased remains the same, but the price goes up with each rebuy. Somebody tried to explain how this suggestion was not ideal, and I can’t remember now who, or why, but the answer given provided no greater sense/logic than allowing bingo re-buys to continue.
One unrelated question - Why can’t one player see another’s play stats?
In the real poker world every player worth his/her salt studies these numbers in an attempt to discern the nature of another player in certain circumstance. And if you do make available such stats to the competition, why not add a couple of categories, such as how often they go all in, and when (pre v. post flop). Those numbers could aid non-bingo players in their games with bingo players. Such stats would also aid RP in correctly labeling “bingo” players and acting accordingly. I know players have been subject to variety of “punishments” for other RP “infractions” (most notably demeaning chat), but I see the same bingo players in the bingo tournaments everyday, often many times in the same day. Such action, or lack thereof, conveys to non-bingo players, that RP accepts such play, despite a written prohibition for same.
The reality is, as one player would say, (paraphrasing) -The rules are the rules. So long as I am within the rules I should not be subject to any punishment for my particular style of play, in ANY given game. I wholeheartedly agree. In essence, the issue really lies with RP, and not ANY single player, so long as they aren’t breaking the rules. Does RP want to make any changes in their application of the rules, or continue to ignore the behaviors they “prohibit”? Makes no sense to me, let alone a difference. I will do my best to adjust accordingly and continue to play, but can we all at least agree to call a spade a spade?