My Poker History
I'm always interested in forms of gambling that are skill-based and beatable. I've been betting on sports since forever and first came in contact with online poker way back in the day on the bookie Expekt. I tried the game there, couldn't win which drove me crazy translating in a drive to learn and get better which is what I did the years after. I mainly used the earnings at the start to give my Betting Bankroll a boost and afterward to pretty much fund my expenses. I mostly played on Partypoker, Everest, Cake, and Pokerstars. My main game was NL Hold'em Full Ring and the highest I ever have gotten was 400NL while my regular game was 8-16 table 100NL. At some point, it all started feeling like a job and I actually earned more with betting which never felt like a job so I quit poker quite pleased with the experience and what I accomplished never really missing it afterward.
Testing Out the Nitrogensports Poker Tables
Right now, I'm far from the player I used to be, but I believe I still very much have the basics down to be profitable at lower stakes tables. With the ongoing international break and the 500k SPORTS Freeroll I planned to join on brosinopoker.com I decided to have some fun on Nitrogensports playing poker with some BTC at the lowest stakes. (0.01-0.02 mBTC | 0.085$-0.170$ blinds). My strategy was to just play a solid Tight-Aggressive style while trying to get a read on the opponents and making sure I never put myself in though marginal spots.
There are only a couple of tables running which is excellent for casual players. To my surprise, the level of play was even worse than I remembered it back in the days and I ended up making +0.0065 BTC (~55$) which equals 3.25 buy-ins while by no means playing optimal myself just yet. Here are some of the hands to showcase the average player level. (clicking image will show the replay)
Making someone pot comitted with Ace High
Losing AQ vs A6s Pre Flop All in
Losing Minimum Out of position vs Extremely passive player
3-way all in Pre-Flop with AKs sh short stacks
Short Stack Calls All in With Queen High and Gustshot Straight draw on Flop
Getting 3bet called with Q9o flopping the Nuts while inducing a semi-bluff.
Laying Down QQ Pre-Flop out of position vs big 3bet From Tight Player
Most would likely call me crazy on laying down QQ Pre-flop but I don't mind so much as the opponent in question was extremely tight and it would get me in a really difficult spot both as a 4bet gets called or on the flop unless I hit a set. To me, this is a classic "Win a little lose a lot" situation where I rather just lose a couple of big blinds, reduce the variance and move on.
The overall level of play on the Nitrogensports Poker Tables is extremely soft and I did enjoy getting back to it. I might actually do it more often as it's fun and a good way to earn some BTC (if you are a semi-experienced player) in the process. Similar to Sports Betting, Poker is an excellent use case for Blockchain. I did get into the Virtue Poker ICO and might have a look at more projects/bookies that offer poker trying to find soft opposition like on Nitrogensports.
Please let me know in the comments below if you are playing poker with crypto and feel free to leave your Affiliate link!