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There is one thing that really ****es me off about home games where people don't play for stakes that make them uncomfortable. It's great if you are stealing money, but it completely ruins the game and renders one of the most important aspects of poker obsolete otherwise.

Anyone know what it is that ****es me off so much?
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The thrill is gone? Lets hear it.
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Well, see if someone gets it. It so fundamental that someone who plays home games must have come across it.
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They call all your bluffs?
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Bingo!

Not only that they draw to every single hand and play it to the bitter end. The game becomes a joke. If you have some kind of max bet it's even more of a joke. Like I said, if you are taking them off it's great, you can max out on *** near every deal. But if you are playing on the square it's lame as hell. You can't do anything with these ****s.

It's almost impossible to get the guys to bet over their heads. So it's almost impossible to play poker with them. You might as well play indian poker, nothing matters.
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You gotta loosen em up. Rounds of shots help. Before you know it they are all riding the edge. I have a regular with all butch lesbians and me the only guy. Its my favorite home game. Gets pretty foul too compared to just guys. At times there is side betting right over the top of an active poker game and side betting on unrelated stuff altogether, like a three ring circus. I never moved in that game once. Its far too much fun to mess up.

The fun in home games is you gotta float through several till you find folks that are fun to play with. Sometimes we laugh at that game to the point we wake up with sore ribs. Money still changes hands freely.

Lifes too short to get stuck in a dead head rut. Move on till you find some good regulars.
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I love a good home game. I just had bad poker. And if people aren't willing to get out of their comfort zones, you get bad poker. What is poker without bluffing? Nothing.
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I have been fortunate to find a regular game for really small stakes where the players are top notch. I think it is important for those who work in poker the majority of the time to find one of these games. It helps keep ones square game tight so when one is moving, they better understand situations.

I feel you though vandy, if they stakes aren't good enough and your not learning anything, I would just leave. But if you are moving and the stakes are decent while playing with a bunch of calling stations, I'd stay for a bit.

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Remind me to tell you about the guy that folded 26 times in a row, when I get time. Believe it or not he got a free seat at the WPT. No justice at all. that's when I started looking for fun people, instead of fun games. I still sit down in a few big ones every year, but once you taste fun, those are kind of lacking too.
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That's exactly why you can't teach your kids to play poker if you play "just for chips"
While they can learn the rules, they can't learn strategy and tactics. If it's just chips, it doesn't hurt to lose. If it doesn't hurt to lose, you never learn to play.
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Raise blinds? That's what we do. Otherwise play gets boring, and the game takes forever.

That's all I got...
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On 2007-12-06 00:18, BenTrain (Nordatrax) wrote:
Otherwise play gets boring, and the game takes forever.


"Forever" is not really a bad thing if you're working a game. That's why I prefer cash games.

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I think most prefer cash games when working. As far as raising the blinds, that's great, but I think that's the problem he is talking about.
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If you hate home games, then don't play at any low stakes table in any California Card Room. You will be against 8 guys who will alternately ride you to the river with third pair and draw out. Also, the "NO ENGLISH" rule is weakly adhered to. You will hear Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi and Spanish and sometimes all on the same table. Even if the floor slaps their hand, you can bet 5 hands later they'll be back at it.

There is a 40 NLHE game nearby by that is virtually Spanish only and half the table will splash chips to the river playing mid-high card. I've never complained because I comprehend enough Spanish to know they are just severely berating the dealer and each others play.

You can stack a lot of chips playing tables like this but you'll have to be able to stomach the catastrophic bad beats.
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So the "problem" with low stakes home games is they don't play for high stakes.

Well I can't argue with that! Smile
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On 2007-12-06 03:09, tommy wrote:
So the "problem" with low stakes home games is they don't play for high stakes.

Well I can't argue with that! Smile


Yep, that's it.
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ITS GOTTA HURT IF YOU LOSE. THE STAKES HAVE TO BE HIGH ENOUGH TO HURT. IF IT doesn't BOTHER YOU TO GIVE AWAY MONEY, SEND ME SOME.
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Will you fix your caps lock if one of us sends you money?

Sometimes, no matter how high the stakes, there always seems to be that one person to whom money means little. I've been in 500 NLHE games where there have been several guys "slumming it" while waiting for a seat to open in a big game. They will go all in just for the fun of it. One time, I sat next to a guy that moved all in 10 times in a row without ever looking at his cards. He annouced his intentions before the deal. He didn't win a single hand but I don't think he really cared. He was looking for some action to pass the time.
One time, when I was young, I botched a sleight so bad, Vernon, Marlo & Miller rolled over in their graves. But I didn't see Elmsley, probably because he was behind the others.
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What a nice guy...

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Poker, in any form, is one of the crappiest card games out there if there isn't money involved. Games like Gin or Euchre can still be fun somehow, but not Poker.
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