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GR1ZZL3R Rank 22
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Some, notably @Brocky and @MetalWolf seem to have no problem playing full time with their true community alias and I'm considering using it in my new year challenge. I have no problem using it in the fun comm. freerolls, but what do you think the pros and cons are of players knowing who they are playing, and in some cases knowing they are playing a full time pro?

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MeganW Rank 10
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I have also considered playing with only one ... yes i agree that the basic advantage of playing anonymously will be lost but rep is also lost which could be  a disadvantage ...

I could be wrong ...

Veni, Vidi .... Amavi
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Esir Rank 13
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Information is everything in poker so in my opinion playing anonymously has a bigger benefit then playing with the same user name.

If people notice your weaknesses or patterns they will exploit them. 

So unless you can mix up your game it's better to play anonymously.

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Bing__ Rank 17
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Facts are it's going to be far more beneficial playing under several aliases than your forum one but good luck whatever you decide to do!

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Silver1 Rank 16
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Silver1 Rank 16
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+1 what @Esir said.

I think that if you grind high volume there is a bigger +EV playing anonymous to reduce potentially getting exploited. 

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PompeyPoker Rank 10
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I love unibet for the fact it doesnt allow HUDs and certain softwares, using the same alias full time if you are a winning player will only hurt you against any competent player unless they are also playing using their regular alias.

Imagine being deep in the sunday Supernova or a decent satellite etc and using 1 username and any other competent player has 100x more info on you than you have on them - dont put yourself in that position just for the sake of being known as a crusher on Unibet.

 

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MetalWolf Rank 18
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I have been pondering this for a long time now and am not entirely sure but what I do know is I only ever play under one alias and am €10500 for the year, of which €4500 has been online at Unibet. I think if you play cash at higher levels you will be at a disadvantage and better players will soon work you out as you play a high volume amount of hands against the same people. In tournaments both high and low I think the advantage lies with one alias as long as you have a solid reputation. I 100% feel that people play differently and more conservatively against me. This is escpecially noticeable in UOS grinds and satellites. Good winning players who I expect will do one thing against me then surprise me by making a weak play. I get to see cards and rivers which I know I shouldn’t be allowed to see. Is this because I’m a winning player and they don’t want to take risks in big pots against solid players when there will be easier spots? I don’t know, I’m trying not to come across as bigging myself up here because I’m not brilliant and I have a lot to learn but I am a winning player and I suspect that intimidation changes people’s play against me. Whatever the reason there is defo a change of style when some players who know me take me on. My reputation is to be quite gambly and someone who loves a hero call and with that in mind I suspect people change their game.

It would be interesting if I played a year under different aliases what my profit would be but I like people to know it’s me. I like having the link between the community and the table and it never seems to hinder the likes of Ian Simpson who regularly wins the Sputnik etc is his advantage also that people know it’s him? 

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MeganW Rank 10
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@MetalWolf

Because I follow your blog and have shared a table or two with you I can totally agree with your point of view. Your reputation definately influenced my play whenever we were in hand together ... 

Veni, Vidi .... Amavi
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DoktorAvalanche Rank 11
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To all those expressing the opinion that anonymity is preferable. I sort of get that but if it holds true what about table image. MetalWolf's comment about players being more conservative makes this point.
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