While reading “Ante Up” magazine, I first turned to the “Strategy” section to see if there was anything there to improve my poker skills in the low limit cash game. (Yes, I win more times than I don’t, but I want to do even better. Right?) The magazine usually has a few short columns that I find interesting. In the November 2016 issue, two columns caught my eye – for a variety of reasons.
“Consider Promotions Carefully” discusses promotions offered at many casinos. All promotions are not the same. Choose the one that pays the most. Good advice.
But, what really caught my eye was when author, Brent Philbin, a poker pro in South Florida, stated: “Generally, poker rooms today will take a promotional rake on every pot, usually between $ 1- $ 3 in a game that is. smaller. “
But don’t get too excited. There are no additional rakes yet in the casinos: $ 5 each plus a drop of $ 2 for the Bad Beat Jackpot visit Senopatipoker. All that adds up to a play fee of around $ 40 per hour, per player.
On that basis, low limit players at our Los Angeles area casinos have a good deal. Here, in a low limit game – $ 4- $ 8 with Kills being the most popular among recreational players, the casino takes $ 5 as the total rake at the full table (a little less if there are six or fewer players at the table). Add to that the $ 1 drop each hand for the Bad Beat Jackpot, plus another $ 1 chip for the dealer tip, and that’s a significant amount. With 35 hands dealt each hour, that averages out to over $ 27 per hour for each person at a table full of nine players.
The second column that surprised my favorite was titled, “There’s a Crocodile at the Table,” by Steve Blay, who also lives in South Florida. His message is based on an implied analogy: Faith is especially important when encountering a live crocodile while walking in the Everglades National Park. It’s scary, right? But if you show confidence – act confidently, the crocodile will not attack. Likewise, at the poker table, Blay warns, “If you doubt yourself … you might as well give your money away.”
Here is my question: Like chicken and egg, which comes first? Did you win because you had confidence in your superior ability (skill) compared to your opponent; or did you gain that confidence because luck was with you? My viewpoint: Get important skills, then you are more likely to win. When you win more than your share of the hand, you will definitely gain confidence. But if you start playing recklessly, and lose your winning streak, your confidence is lost – replaced by self-doubt. (Watch out for that crocodile!)
It made me think: What are the essential skills? Some that come to mind:
• Start hand selection. Use the Hold’em Algorithm. (See advertisements elsewhere on GamingToday.)
• Know your opponents – how they play their hands; and, as the hand develops, adjust it according to your interests. Always find out them and use them to your advantage.
• With a hand drawn (more often than not), calculate your exit and quickly estimate whether you have Positive Expectations. Don’t chase with less than six outs.
• Learn to be good at bluffing; use Esther Bluff. (See the ad for The Art of Bluffing.) Depending on the situation, bluffing may be the best option. Players who never bluff are sure to lose.
• Know when and how to raise. (There are 13 reasons to raise.)
• When you catch a “monster” hand (better yet, myrrh), be prepared to build your “pot.” Deception skills are important.
• Know when to change your chair or table.
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