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Monday, September 22, 2014
Poker is a game of skill. Poker also is a game of luck. It’s both and it’s neither. Poker is what it is.
How someone plays and decisions one makes playing poker can give a distinct advantage.
Some of the skills that are worth mentioning
Knowing the math is a skill. Know the odds. Understand the odds change drastically after the flop and on every street of the hand.
Understanding tools like pre flop betting to protect your hand and keeping stragglers honest.
Also do not get married to your hand to where you cannot let it go if warning signs show up.
Consistently playing position correctly will eliminate much of the risk of bad players by filtering their chips away.
Playing position is a skill. Understand the risk.
Being able to read tells or understanding deception tactics is a skill.
Pay close attention to opponents focus on play as well as their table talk.
Telling a story is a skill. We tell stories not only verbally but also with body language and betting patterns.
Whether we are aware of it or not.
Be consistent in creating a table persona. Develop a good reputation
When bluffing be sure your story adds up. If you are telling a story be sure the people
You’re telling it too are paying attention and understand the story. I once had a player who could not
Understand why people tended to chase him down to the river. He was trying to tell the correct story however
His solid reputation of playing mediocre cards or bluffing to frequent was the reason his story was not believable.
The options he has to adapt his play to his persona or find a new group and build a new reputation.
Understand not just one of these skills but a combination of all these skills will increase your ability to maximize
The value of pots that you win.
Bankroll management maybe one of the most important skills. Always keep records and separate games, times, places and formats.
Play limits that you are comfortable with. You can find lots of free poker bankroll apps that will make this easier.
After establishing play you can monitor the games that you want to play because of your success and avoid those games that are not profitable.
If you maintain and develop these skills and understand that you must always be able to adapt skill will always win in the long run.
One of the great advantages of players that depend on luck is that they usually play at level well below what is comfortable to them.
This gives them a hedge if they lose if they can chase high risk hands enough. When they win the reward can be big for them.
I have observed that many that play this way. Most are thrill seekers and it is not the money that thrills them as much as hitting that big hand.
That gives them a feeling of power and good fortune. They will have many highs and lows but that is part of the thrill.
They want to beat the game and sometimes they do. They remember the peaks and the valleys but in between is not memorable to them.
In closing both skill and luck is a big part of poker. Sometimes good skills influence luck. In the long run a vast repertoire of skills will usually
Be the victor in the long journey
Posted by The Swamp Fox at 12:26 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Three Legendary WSOP Moments from the Early 1980s - Steve Ungar, Seymour Leibowitz, Jack Straus
1980, The @Stu Ungar domination begins
It took a young man full of confidence in heads-up with one of the best poker players in the world and a hand of small suited connectors. A new legend of poker was born. The arrogant 26-year-old contender was Stu 'The Kid' Ungar, the veteran was two-time WSOP champion Doyle Brunson. and the hand:vs. Brunson's
Here is an account by Gary Wise:
The final hand of the tournament started with Doyle limping on the small blind to make the pot almost $13k. The A-7-2 flop gave Doyle top two pair, while Stuey had only an inside straight draw. Ungar checked and Brunson bet $17k. Against most players, he’d have taken the pot down there, but Ungar made the call.
The turn brought the Kid’s miracle three, giving him the straight. He immediately bet out for forty thousand, knowing that a check-raise was more likely to scare the Texan away. Brunson paused for a moment and declared himself all in, pushing $275k into the pot. He’d later call it “one of the worst plays of my career.” The straight held up, and Stu Ungar had his first world championship win.
Stuey thought he was so uncannily good, he called himself "a freak of nature."
1981, a unique personal award
@Seymour Leibowitz is known for having taken up poker late in his life. He was 67 years old when he quit his 9-to-5 job and moved to Vegas to play full-time. Despite this late start he managed to amass $1,370,112 in live tournament earnings. Yet, what he is mostly remembered and respected for is his kindness. Leibowitz has been called 'the nicest person to ever sit down at a poker table' and in 1981 WSOP created a special award for him - 'The Most Congenial Player of the Tournament'!
1982, A famous saying is coined
You've all heard it and probably used it - 'all you need is a chip and a chair'. One of the most popular inspirational sayings of poker is associated with a legendary figure in the history of the game - @Jack Straus (one of three Poker Hall of Famers to die while playing poker, along with Wild Bill Hickok and Tom Abdo).
Early on in the 1982 WSOP Main Event, Jack was about to leave the table thinking he had busted in the last hand when he discovered one last chip and was allowed to continue playing. That single chip eventually took him to the Main Event champion title, $520,000, and a place in poker history.
The lucky final hand:
Posted by The Swamp Fox at 4:06 PM
Friday, February 7, 2014
Posted by The Swamp Fox at 8:18 AM
Monday, September 23, 2013
I have played poker at many venues over the years. The range has been from some of the top casinos in the world to the semi-regular Friday night beer buddy game.
I really enjoy both types of settings. However some pet peeves that stand out at the beer buddy home games are the addition of certain house rules. I’m not talking about usual rules of etiquette but the variance of regular rules that many times cause confusion or even disagreements. The amazing thing is the same house rule continues to cause the same confusion every week because new people join the game and are not aware of the of the house rule.
For example I have played at a place that if a card is exposed during the deal it is a miss deal. Cards are reshuffled and dealt again. Not only is this time consuming it also can be easy manipulated. Let’s say I get a 3♠ with my first dealt card. I then try to get my hand in the way when second card comes to expose card so I can get a misdeal.
Roberts rules of poker states in Hold’em/Omaha games.
If any of the face-down cards in the games of Hold’em or Omaha
Are accidentally turned face-up in the dealing process, the dealer
Shall exchange the exposed card with a card off the top of the deck
Once all the hands have been dealt. The exposed card will be placed
On top of the stub and used as a burn card. Two or more exposed
Cards are a misdeal.
Another example is the first card I receive is A♥ flips up and is exposed. The house rule at this place allows me the choice of keeping the A♥ or taking another card instead. This gives a distinct advantage to the person whose card is exposed. Also if it happens to a person that is new to that game or is unaware of the house rule and did not use same option when his card was exposed.
Roberts Rules of Poker states if a card is exposed due to dealer error, a player does not have an option to take or reject the card.
Another practice I have seen at Home games is chopping pots once hand is heads up. This can be considered collusion.
Openly agreeing to check a hand down to knock someone out is collusion and against the rules. It is often implied but you can't openly agree to check the hand down.
The controversy isn't that the guy wants to check it down and is acting as though we agreed; it's that he's verbalizing a collusion agreement openly. That's against the rules; you simply can't "agree to check it down".
I know many of you that are reading this could add many other home house rules that have caused issues at a game. That is not what I’m trying to point out. In fact if you have the same group of guys playing every week with these special house rules if probably is not an issue. I have learned to adapt pulling my hair while adjusting.
However if everyone played using the same rules at every venue it would avoid many disruptions and disagreements that I have seen at the poker table.
My suggestion is that if you have any special rules or guidelines for your home game please post in a visible location so new people to your game can see. This will help avoid any misunderstandings.
Posted by The Swamp Fox at 1:04 PM
Friday, September 13, 2013
The Omaha Wheel
Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8 or better
I’m Holding A♦A♠3♠K♦
Flop A♥4♥8♣ Turn A♣ River 2♥.
My opponent holding 3♥5♥8♠4♠
I have A♠A♣A♦A♥8♣ for High A♦2♥3♠4♥8♣ for low.
My opponent was holding A♥2♥3♥4♥5♥ for the steel wheel high and low.
My feelings were seriously hurt as I tucked my tail and crawled home.
Lightning strikes twice
Texas Holdem Orange Park Jacksonville Fl.
I’m holding K♠K♦
Flop is K♥4♦4♣ with a raise and re-raise in front of me. I call. The person behind me is all in. I call.
My boat is crushed by 4♥4♦4♣4♠K♥. Crack/Flash/Boom.
That one took me a few minutes to recover from.
Approximately 45 min later I woke up with K♠K♣.
Flop was 10♥K♦10♠ UTG went all in I snap called he showed 10♣10♦.
I had been hit by lighting twice in less than an hour.
It was a long trip home. I considered hanging poker up after that week. Fortunately I got back on the horse and won a tourney upon my return and recovered all of my losses.
Quads are not good enough.
The next hand happened in a small Texas holdem tourney.
I have 7♣9♣
3 players called.
Flop10♣J♠8♣ I 4 bet 1 player called.
Turn K♣ I 4 bet the other player called.
River J♣. I 4 bet. The other player went all in. I snap call.
My opponent was holding J♥J♦. for quad J’s. She complained and suggested that I should refund her some chips because I had sucked out and cracked her quad J’s. I pointed out that she did not raise preflop and I was never behind post flop. I did however understand her pain. It’s amazing how certain hands are burned in your brain.
Posted by The Swamp Fox at 11:55 AM