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January 10th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I took some time off from that little tournament to do some reading. Breaks should bring back some added enjoyment. Tournament play at its best can still be annoying.

I did play a couple of sessions on Full Tilt but that was ring. In the first, I played some Stud8b and managed a 4x pop. Then, I played a StudHi and managed a 1X one. At the levels I've been playing that will buy a lunch.

The thing I did note in both was the aggression was a lot more than I'd been seeing on UB. So, I changed my response downward a bit and looked harder a pot odds. Throw in a bit of luck and it seems an easy game.

Early aggression, like I was seeing, isn't very +EV. It is great to see a hand like 234S at S8b. But, a brick or two and you are ready or forced to lay it down. Playing ring versus tournament is a bit different but pursuing after a brick early can get costly. Occasionally, with the right board in play, you can speculate but it isn't a consistent play that works.

Stud really attracts chasers more than any flavor of poker I've played. A brick on 4th street doesn't seem so bad to many. They rationalize they've still 3 cards to make a hand. I've used Stud Inspector for a while and it show all the odds. Looking at that, pursuing after a brick or with one at the start should disabuse all of the value of such a course – of course it doesn't.

Stud is as long term as poker can be. With the number of bets to get to the showdown, a lot can happen over the short term. But, persistence is rewarded.

Well, back to my book.  I've been revisiting R. A. Salvatore – guilty pleasure with no ante or blinds.

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  1. January 10th, 2011 at 12:52 | #1

    I was wondering if you ever play Razz …

  2. January 10th, 2011 at 14:13 | #2

    I played RAZZ for a while. It seems easy, right? It is also, as Howard points out, among the most annoying of games. I even got to play Jesus when he was doing his zero to 10K run. (He lost a buyin.)

    It was the one I took to for a while after playing a lot of HORSE. At the level most of us play Razz at it is pretty straight forward. It is hard to bluff at .25-.50 or such.

  3. January 10th, 2011 at 14:22 | #3

    Just finished re-reading The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy during the winter break.

    Still love those books.

  4. January 10th, 2011 at 16:58 | #4

    I’m working on Demon Wars. I don’t enjoy fantasy as much as I used to but I may have enjoyed it too much then.

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