Curious about how people approach home poker, which in my experience, tends to be much looser than normal poker and often frustrating to the good player. I've written a guide on this subject and would welcome any feedback:
Generally, in a game with players representing a wide variety of skill, I've found two things that have maximized my profit: learning to read individual players and slow-playing/trapping when the pay-off is going to be big.
An example of the latter might calling bets after the flop where the board is drawy and you're fairly sure you have the best hand. So if I hit two pair on the flop on a board with two of a suit, a bunch of my home game players are going to stay in that hand and if the third card in the suit doesn't appear, I'm going to make a lot more money than if I try to bet them out of the pot (and they might not go anyway because they don't care about the odds). Anyway, that's just one example.
An example of the former is "The Druggie" player I use in my guide. This player could also be described as "The Drinker". This is a good player who just happens to embibe during the game. I notice that these players rarely have enough self-control to control their tells and it becomes very easy to read them. In my game, our "Druggie" is a big-time bluffer, but he does the classic thing where he freezes when he's bluffing and relaxes when he's not.
Again, let me know your thoughts about the guide. Above all, I hope it really helps anyone who bothers to read it.
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Thread: Home Poker Strategy Guide
April 8th, 2011 #1
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