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29 April 2007 @ 07:52 pm
Nice flop  
I've been playing Texas Hold 'Em online (not for real money, though).

On this one particular hand I had a 6 and a face card of some kind, going into the flop.

And, would you believe it, the flop was The Number of The Beast - 6 6 6.
Four of a kind on the flop!

I played it cool, and bet smallish at first, betting big after the turn and the river.
Took 'em to the cleaners!
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Andrew: pokerdelwyn on April 29th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a play money game operate like a real money game ;)
Jacobyak_boy on April 29th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely.

I know that I myself do stupid things that I wouldn't do in a real money game.

Still, playing on PokerStars is the best play money experience I've found.

I think it works reasonably well because it operates like a cash game - you can always restart at 1000 chips, but if you are good, and don't act stupid, you can build up your "money" to unlimited totals. On the other hand if you just throw the play money away you'll always be stuck on 1000.

So there's something at stake, even if it is just bragging rights.
Andrew: pokerdelwyn on April 29th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ahhh but the way you play on play money tables isn't the worst part of the experience - it's the way other people play that can make it harmful to your poker development. A lot more people will call a lot with the slimmest of draws where they might normally fold if they had something to actually lose. (Although there's still a significant % of people who chase draws at the micro limits [$0.10/$0.25 and even $0.25/$0.50] that I play at...)

The hand you give is a perfect example - face-6 is a trash hand. If it were an un-raised pot pre-flop, I'd expect the possibility of a 6 in the blinds, a suited A-6, 5/6 or 6/7 in late position, and usually only if there were 4 or 5 people in the hand. Almost anything else is a negative expected value play.

If you're after a better way to improve your game, try your hand at the various freeroll tournaments. In my experience if you can survive the first hour of people doing stupid things, the later stages actually provide some good opportunities to play poker.
Jacobyak_boy on April 29th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I can't actually remember what my hand was.
It may have been suited A-6, or K-6.

At the time it seemed good enough to limp to flop with (big blinds of 10 when you're playing with 1000 chips make any hand seem worth playing, and yes I understand this is probably poor strategy).

I do see that there is a danger of picking up bad habits, but, to me, it's such a different situation that I hardly equate the two (particularly since any real money game I'm playing is face-to-face).

Anyway, the point is that I'm not actually playing for a way to improve my game. It's certainly not something I'm taking seriously, especially since I'm devoting such little attention to it. Generally while I'm playing poker, I have my favourite puzzle game going, as well as music blaring, and my web browser on LJ. If I was playing seriously, I'd be devoting all my attention to the poker.