One of the benefits of playing on-line is being able to multi-task on other websites. I have found there are times, I’d estimate up to 25% of the time when my best results come from NOT paying attention to the other players. When playing I often hear my warning beep before looking up from another site.
When seated at a table with, with shall we say some very loose players, paying close attention to them usually offers no rewards. So I don’t look. I hear the beep, look at my cards and then, without any consideration for who else may be in the hand, I bet my hand accordingly to the cards I am holding, and then go back to my other screen. If I get beeped again, I do the same thing. Etc. etc, etc.
In the past month I have made two final tables with such a strategy and once there won both using largely the same strategy until down to three players. Then I got to play something that approximated “real” tournament final table poker.
I’d much prefer to be seated at a table of my “peers” (in regards to ability and attempts to play a “real” game), but there are occasions that doesn’t happen. So, there are times when I get some other work done (bill paying/completing surveys for airline miles) and find I have more chips than I started with, and times that I don’t. Either way, if I advance far enough into a tourney most of the donks are long gone.