People wear all sorts of disguises at the poker table:
weakness, strength, bluster, naivety. Itís the nature of the game. So it only
makes sense that new forms of deception at the poker table would evolve as the
popularity of the gameís newest innovation -- poker online -- spread. Itís no
wonder then that, when you canít see the person youíre playing against, thereís
a good chance theyíre not who they profess to be -- like male or female.
Itís an honest to goodness phenomenon, with its very own name -- Betrosexuality:
presenting oneself as the opposite gender at a poker online table.
Now, to be fair to the term, and its history, Betrosexuality was actually coined
prior to its use in poker online, and occasionally with slightly different
implications. Here are a couple of alternate definitions of the terms:
- Betrosexuals wager on both menís and womenís sporting events
- Betrosexuals sell sexual favors by lottery
Recent research analyzed by Nottingham Trent University Professor Mark Griffiths
reports that 23% of female British poker online players pretend to be men and
more than 10% of British male poker online players pretend to be women. British
betrosexuals are reportedly wagering an estimated 213 million pounds sterling at
poker online rooms.
There are a few ways gender is represented at a poker online table that may
elude some players, theyíre so subtle. But as much in the background as they
are, they make a potent impact in peopleís gameplay. They are:
Screen Names: A poker online playerís chosen nickname has always been a prime
indicator of their demeanor (or posed demeanor) -- so The Terminator would
connote aggressiveness and Bill Gates might suggest a limitless bankroll; poker
online screen names can also connote gender (ie. Poker Daddy, Hot Mamma, Club
Girl, Mr. Poker);
Avatars: If your poker online room uses avatars (3D human or humanoid figures)
to represent the players, you could easily throw your fellow players off kilt
(if you know how to use this advantage, that is -- more on that in a moment);
Chat: The chat window is always a popular part of the poker online experience as
this is where people often betray themselves. That said, still others, knowing
this fact, only pretend to do so.
But using this form of deception effectively requires far more than simply
misrepresenting yourself. For, once youíve planted the seed, you need to know
how to nurture and grow it. You need -- in other words -- to know how gender
plays into poker online and off alike, and you need to know how to play the game
based on this knowledge.
So letís get to the two basic considerations in questioning your betrosexuality
in poker online:
Why would a woman pretend to be a man?
Many women believe men tend to play more aggressively against women but less so
when playing against other men.
Why would a man pretend to be a woman?
Many men believe players loosen up their gameplay when they believe theyíre
playing against a women as they expect the woman to be a poorer player and
therefore not know the value, or lack thereof, of the cards they are holding.
As you can undoubtedly see, both misconceptions are poison at a poker online
table. You might as well just hand over your chips to the other players than
allow yourself to succumb to foolish and stereotypical attitudes about how
gender influences poker ability.
That said, as we see it, there are two ways to beat Betrosexuals at the poker
online tables: Keep your poker online strategy consistent and gender neutral, or
become a Betrosexual yourself!
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