Here is another reason I'm not willing to play online with random people: Whats to stop 2 or 3 guys on IM feeding eachother their hands? They could sit there all day mopping up. A lot of people get banned from the main sites for exactly that, they have some pretty decent safeguards in place to detect it. It does still happen though, you just have to be careful and aware. I play on Full Tilt (sn: Faded TV), if anyone ever wants to get a game together I'd definitely be in. I know you can set up private tourneys on there, never done it myself though. Magician, playing tight at home games is almost always the best strategy. Unless your playing home games with other people who take poker seriously, the players will usually be very loose. As conventional wisdom says, when the field is loose play tight and vice versa. Also, if you haven't already done so, read Caro's Book of Tells. It doesn't apply in casinos as much anymore because it's so exploitable but it definitely applies in home games.