kind of game is typical of low-limit poker, including
most home games, even among competent players.
If there are a few loose-aggressive players at a generally
loose table, they will raise and re-raise each other,
not necessarily out of sound strategy but to make
the pot bigger and make the game more exciting. These
players often lose a lot of money, but their behavior
will amplify the effect of the aforementioned randomization
and increase the magnitude of the swings.
Loose play is contagious, in that the presence of
a loose player tends to loosen up the other players.
Another less-documented phenomenon is that passive
play can be contagious. Passive players tend to be
unresponsive to stimuli, and if they want to call,
they will call whatever bet comes to them. This makes
raises by aggressive players less effective at thinning
the field, which discourages those players from raising.
Players who aggressively raise at a passive table
usually increase the size of their swings much more
than the size of their profits, a dilemma frequently
decried by players who, oblivious to the irony, blame
their losses on the failure of their opponents to