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Non-Hold'em for Everyone!

I don't have much of a post for you today. I continued my minimalist theory of poker last night, playing in a $5 HORSE SNG at Full Tilt with SLB, Tripjax and GCox, but went out in 6th or so. The blinds go up really fast in those HORSE games, and my big loss came after my low was counterfeited on the river in Omaha. Que sera'. At that point, SLB had already busted, and I disappeared from the room. I hope Trip and/or G were able to make some magic happen.

I also played about 30 minutes of 1/2 HORSE ring at Stars. I really enjoy their HORSE game because of the wide array of skill level amongst the players and games and the variety that is inherent to HORSE. Simply put, it's hard to get bored when the game changes every 8 or so hands. I left there up $12.10, and decided that it was enough.

I played the Mookie, but Xanthius proved to be the death of me. I made a good read early when I called his preflop min raise with him in the SB and me in the BB with Q6. The flop was 236 and I called his bets down to the river, wholly ignoring the menacing Ace river. He held 55, and I took the hand. Not much later, I had JJ and was called by Xanthius after my preflop raise. He hit his Ace, but played it in a very peculiar fashion, betting 69 on the flop and the turned Ace, so I put him on second pair or perhaps and under pair. I was wrong on both accounts. He had AT. I then went out when I played 66 fast and loose against Xanthius again. He called me preflop with K2, only to hit the JJK flop. So it was.

I signed off and was content watching the season (or is it series) finale to Deadwood. I'm more than a bit disappointed. Call me old fashioned, but I like my stories with an ending. It pissed me off when Oz did it, and it pissed me off when Deadwood did it again. Don't end a series without an ending, damnit! The same can be said for literature and shortstories. But I guess I'm just structured that way. Hmmph.

I do have one question for you all. I would really like your input, so please keep the comments coming. Aside from Hold'em (of the limit and no-limit variety), what is your favority poker game. I'll allow HORSE, but I'd prefer if you chose a specific game, like Razz or Stud H/L rather than the catch-all HORSE.

For me, it is probably Pot Limit Omaha Eight of Better. There is a lot of strategy involved, and hand/board reading is much more complicated than in Hold'em. The pot limit aspect makes selective aggression extremely important, but does not allow push-monkeys to control the table with all-in bets without first establishing a pot preflop and beyond. The high-low aspect also provides for more strategizing (and perils), and, of course, encourages action. So PLO8 is my choice, but there are a lot of other good options.

Pop me a comment. Until then, make mine poker.


In case you didn't see it over at TripJax's blog, take a look at the new DADI blog. And keep an eye out for DADI 9, coming soon!

While you are at it, if you are interested in doing something good for the world, buy into the Gavin Smith Charity Satellite for the charity event at the Boathouse. The buy-in is $25, and the winner gets to play at the bash against notables like Mr. Smith. Here's the deal. If you are not going, you get to choose the player, so anyone who is interested can play, and if you win, I'll pay you $100 for the spot. The one catch, I want you to accept this lovely offer in advance, so I don't have to worry about any issues with other bidders. Truth be told, I really just want to play live against some great players. So, you'll be donating $25 to charity, AND you have a chance to win actualy cash! Is this sleazy?! I don't mean for it to be. But if so, at least I'm being sleazy for charity.

posted by Jordan @ 11:35 AM,


At 1:07 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

I think I'm going to spend some more time playing Stud and Stud Hi/Lo. It makes my head hurt, but I think I am starting to like the game.

You may want to check with Al on how he will handle it if a person wins who is not going. My two suggestions were letting the winner pick or having whoever is going and has the best finish play. I like the 1st option, but we might should check with Al first to see what he is thinking...

It really doesn't matter though, cause I'm going to win, biotch.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

I actually waited for Al to make an announcement. In his post from today, he states that the winner can choose their player if they cannot attend. That said, I don't think I'll be getting too many people to accept my offer.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Don't worry -- there are still two feature-length TV movies to wrap up Deadwood. They will air in 2007. Deadwood is awesome.

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Glad you could make the tourney last night.

I love Deadwood too, sucks they cancelled it...

Don't know if you have already seen this, but it's pretty funny:

At 7:26 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

Jordan...just read Al's'ze be right...good call...

At 12:27 AM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...


Just wanted to followup on playing 100NL and the SNG with you. My play is a little off these days, but it was a hell of a lot of fun trying to find my center while bullshittin' with you and SLB.

I guess what I'm sayin' is:
Will you marry me?

What do you mean we're both married already? What do you mean we're both heterosexuals?

In that case, maybe I just meant, good playin' with ya, and I'm down for a game anytime you, Trip, G or any of the boyz wanna take on the deadwood out there.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger GaryC said...

You can count me in the Stud H/L fan club. That is by far my biggest money maker at this point in poker.

Oh, and shut the hell up about the Boathouse Bash. I am so fucking jealous.


At 7:44 AM, Anonymous dre said...

I used to love PLO8 and then one day it just became too automatic for me. Although, I think that is attributed to the fact that at the lower limits it is such an ABC game. Anyhow, since then I have had rekindled interest in NLH and RAZZ is right up there as well.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

I love Razz too. A lot of people don't get the intricacies of the game. Granted, they aren't TOO intracite, but having a good understanding of your opponent's and a willingness to gamble are often great assets.


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