In the “2p2 legend ChicagoJoey PLO Podcasts (PLO and Poker Life episodes) thread” ChicagoJoey wrote the following about Daniel Negreanu and Pokerstars:
In some ways I can very much see where they (I will use they for DN/Pokerstars) are coming from with what DN is saying but I think it the truth is more on the side of WE WANT TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE AND ALLOW AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO WIN
Now I don’t know if this statement is true or not since I don’t have the ability to get into the heads of those people running the poker sites. But one thing is for sure. There is no reason for such a statement to even be made yet lots of people are thinking this exact same thing. So what am I talking about?
Well, it turns out, and this is something that those of us associated with Two Plus Two have been talking about for many years, that when it comes to poker games, there is a sweet spot. By this I mean a poker game where both the expert players and the recreational players will keep coming back and in many cases play for life.
Specifically, the following three things, which I mentioned in the thread, have to happen.
- Poker works best when there is a proper balance of luck and skill. This means that the expert players will do well enough in the long run that they'll have a decent long term win rate, but it also means that the recreational players will have enough winning sessions that they’ll keep coming back.
- Low stakes recreational players shouldn’t be playing in games that are mostly populated by pros. This will allow them to have more winning sessions which in turn will allow a few of them to graduate to higher stakes.
- Expert players should have the opportunity to have good win rates. But this should be done by outplaying their opponents at medium and high limits, not by playing a huge amount of hands where their main emphasis is to collect bonuses. It will also mean that they won't be playing in games where they win most every time. (Thus I do agree that ending heads‑up no‑limit games is probably correct.)