The Unrepentant Individual

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November 29, 2005

Card shark vs. card minnows

I played poker with some coworkers and reps we work with tonight. It was standard home game stuff, dealer-call games, typically with some wild cards and some crazy rules thrown in. In one of the books in my poker library, The Theory of Poker, it discusses these sorts of games. These games attract players who want to play poker for “fun”. At the same time, they attract the sorts of players who are able to adjust to the wild differences in odds that wild cards bring, and yet still play fundamentally sound poker. Card sharks.

Well, the results speak for themselves. We were playing on a $20 buy-in, with a maximum bet of $1. Relatively tame stakes, by all accounts. And at the end of the night, I turned a $75 profit. Granted, I had some good cards at times, but walking into a game like that, it’s just insane. I felt like Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) in Rounders, where he knows that if he played in the “Judges’ Game”, he’d absolutely have no chance of losing.

Some people don’t take poker very seriously. And those sorts of people are basically ATM’s to people like me. After a night like tonight, it makes me realize one important thing: I need to find a weekly game down in Atlanta…

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  1. I play in a bi-weekly game at a friend’s house, who is interestingly enough, a judge. We play some pretty bizarre games, along with the standard Texas Hold’em and Omaha High-Lo Split. The stakes are $1-3, and I’ve been pretty successful, usually winning at least a hundred bucks each time. You’re right about those who play for fun, they do some pretty foolish things, and although they are my friends, they are pretty much fish. It’s a lot of fun.

    What’s not so much fun are the bad beats I continue to suffer when I play tournaments. Last weekend, I got knocked out of a tournament when I went all-in heads-up with an A-10. The guy against me had 9-10. When I got over the shock that this clown actually called my all-in bet with only a 9-10, I then watched in horror as the board paired his 9, and gave me nothing. Brutal.

    Comment by Arizona Lawyer — November 29, 2005 @ 8:12 am

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