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...Everyone knows that. But is there any way to actually play a legit game of Hold 'Em online? I just want to practice against actual people in a real money environment (because people do not play realistically with play money when all you have to do is click one button to reload your stack). So far I've been very disappointed.
I put $20 into pokerstars and after about 8 hours of play I started to see how rigged it is. Clearly they feed the fish miracle rivers to keep them calling (AKA, increasing the rake) while punishing people who actually know how to play by enticing bets with good starting hands, only to fleece with improbable runners. Then there's the whole house-bot issue... calling on nothing all hand and then the RNG gives it the miracle. Brilliant scam... if it wasn't so obvious.
The money I put in is meaningless compared to everything I spend for video games every month. (For the record, I still have the $20 I put in.) Win, lose, break even, I don't care as long as the game was real. I'm just really frustrated because I actually want to practice realistic poker from the comfort of my home and it seems that there is no way to do this. Any thoughts/experiences with this?