Poker forums can be an invaluable resource for learning the game, with access to a huge network of experienced players willing to share their knowledge to help you become a winning player.
They can also be an entertaining source of Photoshop mock-ups of Jimmy Fricke and Barry Greenstein leg wrestling in a Hummer. Whatever strikes your fancy.
They also can, however, be an infinite spiral of unwarranted flaming and posts so grammatically and intellectually deficient it'll make you question the true scope of the breakdown of our public school system.
So they're kind of hit and miss. But if you're going to get involved in a poker forum, there are a few subjects you're never going to have to initiate a thread about.
These subjects, no matter how derisive the replies are in response to their inherent redundancy, still get an avalanche of posts and thus often continue ad nauseum.
5) "What is the best/funniest player name you've seen online?" Most forum posters coincidentally tend to think their own username is especially hilarious.
Dishonorable mention to any 69 or 420 references.
4) "List the best chat put-downs/insults you've ever seen at the tables." These are often as humorous as they are vulgar.
It is a shame when chat put-downs of Pantheonic proportions are missed due to a player having his chat turned off.
3) "Who's the hottest girl in poker?" This ubiquitous thread is a staple of every poker forum. It is a topic that engenders heated contention and expert analysis, supplemented by NSFW photos, and that ultimately ends in an impassioned stalemate.
That being said, the front runner for the "hottest girl in poker" title these days appears to be none other than PokerListings blogger Lacey Jones.
Conversely, you're likely to find only about two-thirds as many threads discussing who is the nicest/most courteous/humble player in the game.
1) "I can't believe this bad beat"/"Online poker is rigged." Pick your poison. This is the equivalent of a bacterial culture finding its ideal environmental conditions and subsequently proliferating into immeasurable populations.
I like to categorize these into two groups: angry and short-tempered for the "bad beat'ies" and grumpy and generally pessimistic for the "Poker is rigged"-ers.
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