What’s Your Opinion: Are Online Games Getting Tougher?

by Lou on May 29, 2007

Are the games at US facing sites getting tighter and tougher?

It seems that way to me. Right now, at 5:00 PM PST, I’m surfing Poker Stars and these are the stats for the average number of players per flop. I’m not sure how Poker Stars derives this statistic, but I’m assuming it’s the average number of players who enter the flop voluntarily and does not include the blinds or players who post after missing their blinds. These stats are all from ten-handed, fixed-limit games.

At two, full, $30-$60 tables, the percentages were 11 and 23 percent.

At two, full, $10-$20 tables, the percentages were 16 and 19 percent.

At five, full, $5-$10 tables, the percentages were 23, 24, 23, 26, and 21 percent.

At nine full, $3-$6 tables, the percentages were 19, 21, 24, 27, 24, 25, 16, 19, and 16 percent.

At six, full, $1-$2 tables, the percentages were 26, 24, 28, 23, 25, and 18 percent.

My subjective take is that these games are significantly tighter than similar games found in brick-and-mortar card casinos. I don’t know whether that’s due to the fact that many weaker online players have gone broke and abandoned ship because of the difficulty in reloading from US-based accounts. There’s no way for me to go inside these numbers and figure that out with certainty. But I’d sure guess that’s the reason.

Have any of you noticed this? If you have, I’d love to know your opinion on this topic.

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