All of this leads me to wonder how the young players of today (the vast majority of which are learning their craft online) will function in the “real” world of brick and mortar poker tournaments. Will they take their hyper aggressive style that is necessary to thrive in turbo tournaments, and try to apply it in their traditional structured tournament play? One cannot think of their chances as very good if they do try to apply the hyper aggressive model to “normal” tournament play.
One of the things that inspired my writing of this article is that I was at the Bike in Los Angeles the other day, and overheard two young players talking about their online play. One player said to the other “I’m a turbo specialist”. For some reason, this made my skin crawl. I thought about it a lot, and decided that the young player in question could actually BE a turbo specialist (not sure what that really means, though), and thought to myself if there was such a thing as a turbo specialist, it might not be that bad of a thing to be in 2005. If one half of the tournaments offered at your favorite online card room played to what you felt were your strengths, you would be thrilled….right?
Still, I feel that a traditionally structured poker tournament (yes, even in non turbo online tournaments the blinds still go up faster), are more a test of skill. It seems to me, more and more online rooms are trying to figure out the most efficient way to make a buck for their bottom line. Make no mistake – these online rooms are businesses, and should absolutely do what they feel is best for their businesses – I do not begrudge them for that one bit. I am well aware that the rake on live games will continue to be by far an online rooms biggest revenue source, but to compete, an online room must offer a full tournament menu. These wonderfully “efficient” turbo tournaments seem like they are becoming a more dominant part of that tournament menu. I simply wonder what the effect on the poker world, and specifically the tournament poker world these “efficiencies” in the new world order of online poker will bringBest Bets Today.
I really hope that the turbo tournament becomes an exception, and not the rule of online tournament play. To a great degree, this is up to the players. If turbo tournaments draw as well as more traditionally structured tournaments do…why wouldn’t the online rooms continue to offer more and more turbo tournaments as part of their overall offerings. The tournaments are over faster, and get the players back to their live games, or into another tournament faster.
I always prefer a nice meal to fast food, but if the only options are fast food restaurants, what kind of choice do I have?