hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,


I've started playing in this bi-weekly "Payday Poker" game with a group at the bar.  It's a pretty quick pace game, with a $10 buy in for some chips, and blinds doubling every 15 minutes.  Games usually don't last longer than 90 minutes or so.  Winner takes all, or sometimes the players will split somehow when it's down to two.

I've never really been a huge poker player, but these games are starting to pique my interest.  I've asked a co-worker if I can borrow a book (he's got to get it back from someone else first) to try and learn the game better.  While I understand the basic probabilities involved, and can typically calculate rough odds on the fly, I definitely don't know the odds of basic hands pre-flop.  At this point, I'm not even interested in the psychological aspects or betting strategy or anything like that.  I just want to know what the black-and-white odds are before I get into any of that.

I think learning some of the more intricate parts of the game may help be with my patience with the game as well.  Right now, I can tend to play for an hour or so, before I get bored, and start playing more hands than I should (or think I should).

Blackjack is definitely a simpler game, where you don't even have to think about it.  You memorize the strategy, and then it's all autopilot.  I'll admit I'm bad about some of the strategy, especially for single deck, as when I first started playing, I learned never to split fours and sixes.  Looking over the table now, I never realized you should stand with nines against a 7.  I should probably look at those again, and re-learn them.

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