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Action Junkies and Shorthanded Tables

Online shorthanded games

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Feb 05, 2010


Given the insanely high-stakes online games that have taken place recently, I think 2009 will be looked back on as the year of the poker action junkie. Even though only a few players participate in those nosebleed games, I think action lovers are sprouting up at all levels of online play, and they have two noteworthy characteristics. The first is that they play at too many tables simultaneously. This is an issue that I’ve discussed in several columns, so I’m not going to rehash it here, but it’s clear that the majority of players are playing in more than their optimal number of games. The second is that they purposely seek out shorthanded games (SHGs) rather than full ones. SHGs have become such an accepted part of online poker culture that I don’t think players have really stopped to question them. SHGs clearly benefit the sites. Instead of putting 60 ...

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