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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Do any of you have any experience playing low level limit hold-em at casinos or card rooms? If so, I have a question for you. I've been playing every other week or so here in Pittsburgh, and my opponents are not playing at all like I expected them to. Not that I'm complaining... :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:17 pm 
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I was actually just in Atlantic City this past weekend playing some no-limit Hold 'Em. What's your question?

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:15 am 
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sisyphus wrote:
Do any of you have any experience playing low level limit hold-em at casinos or card rooms? If so, I have a question for you. I've been playing every other week or so here in Pittsburgh, and my opponents are not playing at all like I expected them to. Not that I'm complaining... :-)


Can't help until you pose the question!

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:14 pm 
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Willton wrote:
I was actually just in Atlantic City this past weekend playing some no-limit Hold 'Em. What's your question?

Playing at the bottom limit of $4-$8, I expected to have to show a hand to win a majority of the time. Turns out that I'm winning hand after hand with absolutely nothing, as long as I get the lead in betting after the flop. One or two people will call me down through the turn, then fold at the river. Is that common in low limit games elsewhere? I'm making about $25-$30 an hour playing here in Pittsburgh, and I'm hoping that this is no aberration, that this tendency might to hold up long term.

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:26 am 
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It may be that you are playing with a bunch of bad players who make the mistake of chasing rainbows because the stakes are low and then lose their nerve. You, yourself, are obviously choosing to lead the betting "with nothing". It may work in present company, but you will soon be found out by decent players and when the stakes are upped.
Do the blinds increase during your game and, if so, does it alter the pattern of play?
Incidentally, if you want a decent game of poker play Stud.

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:58 am 
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I'm coming down to the casino this weekend to call your bluff.


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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:45 pm 
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Bertie wrote:
It may be that you are playing with a bunch of bad players who make the mistake of chasing rainbows because the stakes are low and then lose their nerve. You, yourself, are obviously choosing to lead the betting "with nothing". It may work in present company, but you will soon be found out by decent players and when the stakes are upped.
Do the blinds increase during your game and, if so, does it alter the pattern of play?
Incidentally, if you want a decent game of poker play Stud.

Oh, I'm very much aware that what I'm doing wouldn't work at higher stakes. I'm still shocked that it's working at low stakes, My natural style is to play a very tight game. I often have to force myself to lead at the pot three times with a seven-high, believe me. But I keep doing it because it is profitable.

The limits I'm playing at are $4 before and after the flop, then $8 after the turn and river. I'm not a huge fan of stud, because remembering all the cards that have been folded is too much like work for a lazy guy like me, but I've never seen a stud game dealt at the Rivers anyway. They can never get a full table of folks who want to play it. Usually there are two or three limit hold-em games, maybe a pot limit Omaha game, an Omaha eight or better, and the rest of the tables are dealing no limit holdem. Everybody wants the play the game they see on TV. I prefer limit cash games, but I love to play no limit in tournaments.

I went over to the casino after work last night, my first time there on a non-Sunday. The players were definitely better than the weekend crowd, and I saw right off that my Sunday afternoon tactics were not going to work very often. After I'd been there about an hour two older women sat down at the other side of the table. One of them looked familiar to me, but I couldn't remember where I'd seen her before. After a few hands, I flopped a nut straight and maxed out the betting. One of the women hit a flush and took a big pot off of me. A little later, I had two pair, and the other woman hit trips to beat me out of another nice pot. This kept happening for a while, and I eventually remembered where I had seen them before. They were off duty nuns. How the heck can you win against people with that kind of pull? :lol:

I now have two cardinal rules of gambling, both hard earned through expensive lessons:
1) Never bet against a horse who is named after the road that passes in front of the track.
2) When two nuns sit down at your poker table, it's time to go home and study the Bible.

I'll be heading back over to the casino on Sunday. I figure that the nuns will be busy.

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:45 pm 
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Ralphie wrote:
I'm coming down to the casino this weekend to call your bluff.

Ah, but I know that you know that I know that you know, etc., etc. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:24 am 
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Pretty funny note about the two nuns making their hands on the river.

Sort of like hitting a Hail Mary?? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:06 pm 
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Bucfan wrote:
Pretty funny note about the two nuns making their hands on the river.

Sort of like hitting a Hail Mary?? :D

Or an Immaculate Reception or maybe in this case an Immaculate Deception???? 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:51 am 
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I didn't think that Nuns were ever "off-duty", :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Poker
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Bertie wrote:
I didn't think that Nuns were ever "off-duty", :shock:

Me neither. Maybe they weren't "off duty", but they were sure out of uniform :lol:

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