Any day I ride my motorcycle into work is a good day. No matter what else happens, it’s a really, really good day.
I’m headed out to play some cards Friday night, and I’m tres excited. It’s a low stakes game, $1/$2 with a rotating game. One round of Hold’em, then Omaha, then Razz, then Stud, and then Omaha/8. Although some people look down their noses at low stakes games, I think they’re fab. I’m perfectly comfortable playing for $50. Yes, I make a lot more money than that, but no, I don’t need the challenge of winning or losing a lot of money to cause me to focus.
There are a couple of distinct problems that come from having disdain for playing lower limit games:
- It’s the sin of pride, and you come off like an ass when you try and bully the poker table you’re at; and
- It’s indicative of a gambling problem. (See question 10: "Have you ever borrowed money to finance your gambling?")
I’ve seen this rationalized before. "I really need to play at higher limits, so I’ve borrowed money at 50% interest so I can play $5/$10 and $10/$20 instead of $2/$4" Please, if you’re not a fulltime card player, and sometimes even if you are, your borrowing is indicative of a gambling problem.
At Friday night’s game, I’ll be sitting down at a table where I’ll be the best, or the second best player on all of the non-Hold’em rounds, and one of the best three players during the Hold’em round. The players will call too many single and raised bets. What’s the best strategy here? I think it’s a combination of careful hand selection and never folding made hands. Because I know that most of the players won’t know how to value their hands, and won’t be able divert enough attention from their own cards to do much reading, I think there will be a lot of showdowns with crap cards.
I’ll post the results when I get back.