Sunday, November 2, 2014

Poker Room Promotions! Screw Um? Love Um? Meh?!

There has been a lot of discussion among my poker buddies lately regarding PROMOTIONS. Are they good for the game? Bad? Neutral? Well I'm no authority but here are a few of my thoughts on poker room promotions from my observations from playing in both types of rooms . . .

Any promotion based on weekly/monthly free-roll qualification or cash back after X hours cater to tighter regulars who effectively split more of the recreational players' money among themselves. The other promotions, those based on random lottery like occurrences, cater more for recreational players and will therefore cause more ACTION in the games.

Regulars always complain about that extra dollar that's being taken out of every pot for promotions and their concern is how to get that specific dollar to come back to them. They miss the bigger picture about that dollar being used to bring (losing) players to the room to fund a great game. Bring in more fish. You can have my dollar!

In Vegas, we have rooms with the $1 drop and rooms without it and you get totally different clientele in each of the rooms. I find it is much easier to find a touristy table with bad regulars at the rooms with a drop than the non drop rooms.

It's all about what gets you the highest hourly in the end. I play at both types of rooms but find less solid players in the drop rooms so that affects my hourly as well. It's an interesting comparison.

Lastly, promotions change the game, which is a good thing for good players. Good players are more rapidly going to make the right adjustments. Poorer players will make more mistakes because they won't/can't adjust. If you like playing vs a tighter crowd then rooms with free roll promotions may be your bread and butter :) The more mistakes that are made, the more profitable the table...

Happy Fishing!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Greetings guys,

Long time no blog post. That's what the tweeter is for right? Well, I've been pokering full time since April 2014. I'll post something more substantial soon. I've complied a list of useful and totally useless thoughts regarding Vegas, poker and life.. Stay tuned...

I know.. Your on the edge of your seat.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two Street Hold'em - New, Fun, Funky Fresh.. Drinking Game?

I was invited out to test drive TSH, a new game that Ultimate Gaming (Ultimate Poker, UFC) will be rolling out on their web site this upcoming weekend. Here are my opinions on the game. Keep in mind that I am no math whiz but I generally do OK at poker.

Here are the rules as they were setup this particular evening:
  •   BUY-IN: $100
  •   LIMIT: NL
  •   STRUCTURE: $1-$2 w/ $1 ANTE Played 9 Handed
  •   RULES: There is a pre "flop" round of betting that mimics any regular NLH game, then a card is burned and a full complete 5 card community board is spread by the dealer. There is a final round of betting just like any 'river' in NLH and wham bam thank you ma'am.

If you are a fan of push fold and know your short stack strategy then I feel it could be profitable for you to check out this game. It's not a "pros game" because there is not much bluffing or hand reading the way they have the buy-in limits setup. I think they are planning to make it even more shallow when it goes live but we'll have to wait and see. Pre Flop: There is already 13% of your stack ($13) in the pot before any raises are made. By the time a raise is made and a few people call it, your almost obligated to get it in with suited connectors and a wide variety of hands. I'd have to stove the specific situations.  People can not resist raising when there is that much dead money in there. Remember the ante MTT from the WSOP? When I was dealt KK/QQ/ in EP I'd always limp it, then someone would raise then I'd ship. I'm not a fan of the limp raise in deep cash games. I always do my own raising to build pots but it worked like a charm at this particular table.  After a few people are felted and reload a few times the game will become deep (assuming the winners don't hit and run) and then it may be slightly more bearable to those of us who just don't want to get it all-in pre-flop.  They should just dub it ONE STREET HOLDEM because the river is almost a moot point with these stack sizes. I ran my $100 up to $492 in 2.5 hours but it was with AIPF scenarios. I won a few races, a few 70/30's etc. Never did I call, hit a flush, or set-mine then value bet the river. The effective stacks are too shallow or any type of 3-beting other then AI. Everyone kept saying "Ohhhh, I flopped this or that but since you get dealt the all 5 cards after the first round of betting we are going to have to say "Lets see a river dealer!' before any community cards are unleashed.

I had a good time at Ultimate and it's a fun game that may make newbies more apt to give da pokers a try :) That's the ultimate goal here IMO. If it helps bring people into the game and boost the poker economy then I'm all for it.  I may add this little sucker into our next home drinking game.

On a side note, I got to play with Lauren King, Dan O'Brien, Terrance Chance, Chris Danek and some of the Ultimate guys. Jason Somerville was stuck back east due to the inclement weather. Their office is pretty slick. Full size arcade machines, thin mint cookies, free snacks, ultimate fighter gear etc.

What are your thoughts?
Hit me up on the Faceplace or the Tweeters using your teletype.

 CajunDragon ( Geoff )

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Limitless has its limits

My mind has a hard time thinking about one specific thing for great lengths of time. I tend to jump from topic to topic at random. It keeps life interesting to say the least. To combat this problem Adderall was prescribed to me a few years ago. It's a very a potent amphetamine psycho-stimulant pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When you take your 'dose' in the morning you feel amazing, alert and focused. It works well and does what it's supposed to. However, no wonder drug comes without side effects. Usually when the mid to late evening arrives you feel like someone just backed over your puppy and Lucy has just pulled the football away yet again. (that puta!). You also can't sleep and when you finally do it's not very restful. If you look at the molecular structure of this drug, it's pretty similar to crystal meth and comes
with most of the same negative effects. People tend to forget to eat, grind their teeth away and have erratic mood swings for no logical reason. I feel like the cons of taking this drug on a regular basis outweigh the pros so a few weeks ago I've decided to cease taking it completely.

So I won't be able to work 9 hours a day then play a 8 hour poker session, but so what? We weren't designed to be alert, productive or happy 24,7.  Ned Flanders can keep that. Since stopping adderall I've felt really good just eating right, exercising and treating my body well.  I don't want to depend on anything unnecessary to live a healthy life from day to day. I'm sure there are people who genuinely need mood modification or drugs of this nature but I don't feel that it's me.

When I was younger I developed an irregular heart bead (WPW). The Dr told me I'd need medication for the rest of my life or to undergo surgery. I started eating healthy and lost over 100 lbs. I'm now off of any heart medication and I did not have surgery. The body has an amazing ability to fix itself if you treat it well and have the willpower to stick to a plan. Also, we can't take everything doctors tell us as gospel. High blood pressure? Take these pills! Or do something about it and find the root cause. Thoughts?