Rant: Player Syndicates Are No Good For The Game

A few years ago I was playing an online poker tournament when I got pretty deep and decided to massage my ego by advertising the fact through my social media network.

Within the hour a friend of mine (a professional poker player) had contacted me through Skype and we started talking as I made my way into the deeper waters of the tournament.

The same ego that wanted the world to know I was doing well wanted me to win the tournament on my lonesome. So initially, I didn’t want my friend to help me with my decisions.

Then things changed. Greed got the better of me.

So Did I Cheat?

At first I asked him for help when I was put into a tough spot. Then, as the tournament progressed, I revealed my hand more frequently and the advice flowed more frequently.

In my mind I had already started to spend my winnings. I followed his advice to the letter and I won the tournament.

Jeff Fenech
What about if you're a boxer?

So did I cheat?

I've thought about this long and hard and I don’t think so. Sharing your cards to help formulate a more informed decision is no different from any other form of coaching in the world of sport.

It’s the equivalent of a boxer having someone in his corner who has already fought and defeated the opponent he's facing. Every three minutes you sit down in your corner and receive advice on what to do next to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses. What about this?

Is This Cheating?

Let’s go back to the scenario I started out with. But instead of my friend helping me, he's playing in the same tournament and we end up at the final table together.

Not only can he help me but I can help him. I can tell him what my hole cards are and he can do likewise.

Cyrus the Dog
It's dog eat dog in poker.

Imagine how vital this can be if we got down to the final three spots?

Is this cheating? I think it is, and doubt there are many people who would turn their nose up at this form of collusion.

In poker, it’s dog eat dog and everyone is a pit bull with a taste for blood. People wouldn’t think twice about taking this edge.

The high costs associated with being a professional poker player mean very few players are fortunate enough to play under their own bankrolls.

Instead you see syndications formed: the most common being in the shape of backer and horse.

Now Imagine Three of the Final Four Share a Bankroll

What happens when you get a backer, a horse and a random player in three-way action at the end of a tournament?

Are we naïve enough to think that conversations are not being held during the break on the optimal way to finish in the top two spots in live tournaments? Can you imagine the problems this creates when you are playing online? 

cThe other form of syndication is one where players share the same bankroll. So instead of backer and horse you have a series of elite players who effectively use the same chunk of money to play poker with.

High roller
What if they're sharing a bankroll?

This has never been more prevalent than with the creation of the High Roller tournaments that are now the darling of every major tournament organizer in the world.

How does this affect the dynamic when three out of the final four players are sharing the same bankroll?

The reason this form of syndication can be damaging to the game is two fold.

Firstly, the financial rewards are so much bigger. We're talking seven-figure sums of money here.

Secondly, the player pools are so much smaller so there's an increased likelihood that the scenario I outlined will actually occur.

What’s your opinion on syndication and how it affects the game of poker?

You May Also Like


Daily 3-Bet: Mercier-copter, BentleyLivingJRB, Man Defends Ladies Win

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a perfectly-tuned 1989 Toyota Tercel that offers a reliable ride through the mid-afternoon poker news world.

23 April 2014

Daily 3-Bet: Hinkle Owns Bluffs, Positive Poker, Lindgren on CNN

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet applies some much needed feng shui to the typically unstructured mid-afternoon poker news world.

22 April 2014

Daily 3-Bet: NJ = Poker Haven, WPT Championship, Negreanu Defends Ivey

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is stroll down the mid-afternoon poker news boardwalk that ends with three delicious pieces of saltwater taffy.

21 April 2014 4

Zach Elwood Takes on Verbal Tells in New Book

Zach Elwood is writing a sequel to his critically acclaimed Reading Poker Tells and this time around it’s all about verbal tells.

18 April 2014

Please fill the required fields correctly!

Error saving comment!

You need to wait 3 minutes before posting another comment.

Comment added. Thank you!

1 2 | Next Page >>

http://www.martinilegnami.com/AirJordan.asp?article_id=38 2014-04-23 11:20:08

Bref, découper Vivendi en tranches, pourquoi pas. Mais si Fortou décide de le faire vite, il risque d’y perdre gros.Pourquoi une telle différence? Moins deco?tsde fabrication et de distribution mais surtout,dans le monde numérique, les quotidiens sont soumis à une forte concurrence, alors que dans le monde physique, ils ont, cyniquement, parié sur leur mort rapide, et ils veulent en profiter à la Yolo.

http://www.villeneuve-minervois.com/sgc/fr/rayban.asp?article_id=65 2014-04-22 18:21:43

L’opération ?retenez moi ou je tue LCI? a donc réussi…sauf que TF1 aura du mal à refaire une opération du même style: quand on manie ainsi la dynamite, on a droit à une seule cartouche.

http://www.orovillehospital.com/blog/modra.asp?article_id=47 2014-04-22 16:42:25

Last Search : Shop for LAUREN Ralph Lauren – Lanesborough Shopper (Gold) – Bags and Luggage, Bargain LAUREN Ralph Lauren – Lanesborough Shopper (Gold) – Bags and LuggageSearch Term:

http://viviennewestwood.designreports.co.uk/ 2014-04-21 19:16:08

The bombing Sunday hit Jaji, home to Nigeria's Armed Forces Command and Staff College, one of the country's most important military colleges. An official at the base's medical center said at least 45 others had been wounded in the attack.

http://retrojordans.airjordanmart.com/jordan-shoes-for-sale-c-9.html 2014-04-21 17:59:16

Qualcomms Snapdragon 801 processor includes a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at up to 2. but not any wider. pill-shaped dock connector that has fewer pins than the existing 30-pin dock connector, run in Mac OS X, 4:55 CS5). The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Plus MSM8260A in the Xperia T does not have this feature.Info put both phones side-by-side to find out how they compare.Monitor your system. Delete them and block the sender. which networks I connect into and which applications I use.

http://airmaxcheap.oddpotato.co.uk/ 2014-04-21 02:26:32

Interestingly, the company has just revealed more about the G Pad's specs. As noted,The UK figure represents a massive fall from a historical high of 85 in the same period of time last year. along with the average size of the UK's larger deals standing at $23 million (15 million) - double that of France's $11 million (7. Hotmail last year was also rolled into Outlook.Published under license from Ziff Davis,"Something that is often overlooked is the benefit gained from regular software updates, which lets supplier offer services for a much lower price point.Our CommentsAndroid's small window of opportunity starts from tomorrow with the release of G2 and will last until the iPhone version 2009 gets launched in June

http://viviennewestwooduk.tortasmariajose.com/ 2014-04-19 08:04:37

The other reason: He just can't imagine going out lying down.

Clifton 2013-11-23 21:54:53

This is one of the reasons that I think that phones (or any computer computer or communication devices should be banned at the table during live tournaments I often sit at a table where someone is texting. He could be texting someone for advice, or telling a friend at another table who/what I'm playing.

pokahwatcher 2013-11-06 10:44:03

It's telling that the author of this piece doesn't put his name on it.

Daniel 2013-11-06 09:24:00

You are a cheater.

1 2 | Next Page >>