I started playing at Everest Poker today to get a break from Stars. I still really like playing there but I thought this would be a nice change of pace. I signed up and got the bonus so I started out playing some 10nl to see what the competition was like...
Well I just might stay at Everest for a while - the games are very very soft - I must say they are much softer than Party. I'm not sure if this has to do with all the gamblers coming in from the casino section or what, but I sure like it.
The only drawback so far for me is that I'm having trouble with getting the hand histories into Poker Tracker properly, but just taking notes instead seems to do the trick. At Stars I had been assuming everyone was weak-tight until they showed me otherwise. The players at Everest are a little different, most of them are loose-passive/passive. They are calling down huge pot sized bets and turn c/r with a bare top pair no kicker and hands like that.
For example, I was getting 3bet every other time I raised by the same guy whether he was in position or not so I pick up QQ and 4bet him back and he 5bets all in with 88 <-- the 5th bet is not always AA apparently. And here is one of the last hands I played today with me having AA:
Flop: Ac9s8s - I pot it. Villain calls
Turn: 9d - I pot it again. Villain min-raises. I call (he's only got 1/2 of his stack left now so I figure I'll let him try to hit to stack him since I think he could fold to a shove if this was one of the weak-tights at Stars. Meh, who am I kidding he wasn't folding).
Flop: Kd - I figure either he was on a draw that missed or he'll bet an Ace or 9 so I check. Villain bets $1 out of his remaining $5 into a $10 pot and calls down my c/r with ATo. I know, right?
So if this continues (me winning 4 buyins in the span of 1.5 hours) I will stay at Everest for a while. Maybe it was the deposit boomswitch, lol, but being incredibly patient for any 2 pair or better hand pays off huge at this site.
I've got a banner link on the right side if anyone's interested in checking it out. I'm sure some of you have noticed that I'm trying out the affiliate thing. They've got a nice $100 "Welcome Bonus" that clears incrementally as you play instead of you having to clear a certain number of points before you get any of it like most other sites. I just can't find the mysteriously hidden Everest Points Store...