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Zesty
08-10-2005, 01:26 PM
As I'm sure everyone on here is aware of, poker is experiencing an explosion in popularity, especially Texas Hold 'Em. I've played for money about a half-dozen times at this point (spread across the past 10-12 months), all of them at my office. I don't feel like I'm very good, but I've finished in the money the past four times, including getting second out of 16 people in a two-table affair right before Thanksgiving. We're having another big game tonight (16-20 people, $100 buy-in) that I'm pretty stoked about, so I thought I'd see if anyone else here plays and how often, any tactics they find effective, etc. I play very conservatively; the last game we had, I played two hands the whole night, but I won them both and ended up taking second. I'd like to be more aggressive with bluffing or what have you, but I don't feel I know enough about how the game flows yet to do that.

Since86
08-10-2005, 02:25 PM
As I'm sure everyone on here is aware of, poker is experiencing an explosion in popularity, especially Texas Hold 'Em. I've played for money about a half-dozen times at this point (spread across the past 10-12 months), all of them at my office. I don't feel like I'm very good, but I've finished in the money the past four times, including getting second out of 16 people in a two-table affair right before Thanksgiving. We're having another big game tonight (16-20 people, $100 buy-in) that I'm pretty stoked about, so I thought I'd see if anyone else here plays and how often, any tactics they find effective, etc. I play very conservatively; the last game we had, I played two hands the whole night, but I won them both and ended up taking second. I'd like to be more aggressive with bluffing or what have you, but I don't feel I know enough about how the game flows yet to do that.


Bluffing works best when you have something out on the flop that can be used, like if a 7-8-J comes up and you have a 2-3 in you hand(or something to that effect).

Most people I see get in trouble when they bluff, is they try bluffing a pair, a two pair, or have no freaking clue what the other players have. Watching TV actually helps in those cases, because you start to fimiliarize yourself with %.

I just follow these two simple rules when bluffing:
1) Have a excellent idea on what everyone else has. Try to acess the situation by their expession when they recieve their cards, and when the flop is turned up.
2) Use something everyone else can see. Bluffing a high pair is extremely dangerous, because there's a good possiblity someone else can actually have that pair and they'll be willing to bet with you, same goes for a three of a kind.

Bluffing a high pocket pair early can go in your favors if you use if sparingly. You have to commit yourself before the flop ever comes out. Bet, but don't go too big or you'll just end up with the blinds. You want to make people think you have something good, but don't frighten them until after you see the flop and there's hardly anything in it. Be careful with people who call your bet quickly, start counting their chips before it gets to them and then throws them in quickly. Most of the time they either know your bluffing, or actually have something worth the risk.

GO!!!!!
08-10-2005, 08:33 PM
we need to have a Poker Tournemnt online with all the Pacer Digest Posters.... maybe something can be set up, I an't played in years but would like some practise seeing as it is so darn popular

LouisvilleLip
08-10-2005, 08:51 PM
You don't want to get me started on Poker :) I play practically everyday, online or with friends. I've been playing close to a year now, and I'm still learning things everyday.

As for a couple things Zesty talked about I'll throw in a few tips.

First off, study your table, if you have a really loose table you wanna tighten up your hand selection and raise with big hands. With a very loose table you don't want to get over aggressive on big hands though you have let the chasers have a slight chance to catch up or atleast give them a shot to bluff at you.

If your table is very tight and passive, you want to play a few more hands and bluff at big flops where there is an ace or a pair on the board and see if you can steal some pots. Also on a tight table you want to do more raising before the flop especially if you are in late posistion or on the button (dealer) so you can steal some blinds.

As for only playing 2 hands, that can work in your favour also, some people will give you respect for being a tight player and this should give you more opputunities to bluff because people will give you credit for big hands.

Lastly, the less people there are at your table the better your hands become. During a 10 person table most people wouldn't raise with a small pocket pair, king 9, ace 3, kind of marginal hands. But with a 4-5 person table those are great hands, so you have to be aware of the table numbers.

grace
08-10-2005, 10:39 PM
we need to have a Poker Tournemnt online with all the Pacer Digest Posters.... maybe something can be set up, I an't played in years but would like some practise seeing as it is so darn popular

I'm in, but if we play with money it'll have to be someone elses because I won't use mine. :)

Gyron
08-11-2005, 08:36 AM
We could always play strip poker.....although, we'd definitely have to have web cams set-up......

able
08-11-2005, 08:56 AM
And why would I want to see you nekkid??????

Doug
08-11-2005, 10:02 AM
I think I'll skip the next forum party, nudist version.


Played tons of poker growing up. My friends paid for my first stereo. :-)

I don't have much time to play anymore, though. That's a shame, because I still enjoy it a lot.

Gyron
08-11-2005, 10:49 AM
Able, You apprently already know my poker play abilities.....:laugh:

I was thinking more of grace having no money that she was willing to sacrifice........Just trying to help her out.

Zesty
08-11-2005, 11:31 AM
I ended up playing not to lose last night, and as such, I lost. The way I look at it, I got some pizza, some beer, and a poker lesson for $100.

Since86
08-11-2005, 11:47 AM
I ended up playing not to lose last night, and as such, I lost. The way I look at it, I got some pizza, some beer, and a poker lesson for $100.

Well hell, for a hundy I'd throw in some ping pong as well. :D

grace
08-12-2005, 11:03 AM
I was thinking more of grace having no money that she was willing to sacrifice........Just trying to help her out.

I don't like seeing myself naked. You wouldn't enjoy it either.

Vicious Tyrant
08-12-2005, 12:52 PM
I'm naked right now. At work. That's how I live my life.

I'd be up for a game, but for low stakes. I have the Donohoe Digital poker video game (Annie Duke on the cover), and it's helped me learn about odds quite a bit.