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Beginner's luck hooked me on Texas Hold 'em

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by booker, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. booker

    booker VIP Whale

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    After playing nickel-dime-quarter kitchen-table poker for years with friends, I thought I would try my luck in a casino.

    • First time I played was a 4 table tournament, I took 2nd place. My stupid plays worked.
    • The third time I played, I flopped quad queens for a big pot AND a Monte Carlo.
    • The fifth time I played, I rivered a royal flush taking down the high hand AND another Monte Carlo.
    Hell. This game was easy! I bought the books. I studied. And I bet you know the rest of the story. :poker:

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  2. NeonTurtle14

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    We played in college for quarters, and it got to the point where I figured out how to beat each of the guys I played with pretty consistently (I figured out how each played and how to counter/play against each on an individual level). Never had any training or read any books, just figured it out from failing and testing new approaches. You'll notice I still don't play very book-smart :)

    First time playing in a real casino was in Atlantic City and I was eaten alive by sharks. But it helped set some perspective for me (e.g. I needed to improve and not just play the same 12 guys every week). The next time I played in a real casino was at Venetian in LV and I remember going from $100 to $300 in 1/2 NLHE and thinking I was going to quit my job and move to Vegas to do that full time (it only took me about an hour to net that win).
     
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  3. OddsWrkin

    OddsWrkin Low-Roller

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    Other than the kitchen table nickel, dime, quarter, my first time playing poker was a 7 stud game at the Holiday Casino - coincidentally shortly after getting AA on my split AAs in a single deck BJ game at the "New Frontier" across the street. This was long ago and I don't recall the betting structure but I think it was a 1-4 game. After playing for a half hour or more, I was dealt AAA, checked around the table and then received the 4th A. I bet $4 and the table folded. I was embarrassed by my obvious bad play, mucked my cards, and soon left the table. Many years later after HE became popular I realized that I may have passed up a high hand jackpot. I have no idea if there was one or not.
     
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  4. Kisby

    Kisby Low-Roller

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    I like to play at a table with college kids. They're never as good as they think they are and bluff way too much!
     
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  5. Johnzimbo

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    First time I played was at the Hacienda, seven card stud. All I remember is my $20 didn't last long.

    Next time was at Barbary Coast maybe 1983, 7 stud again. Think it was 1-3 limit, I recall at one point my opponent bet $2, I wanted to raise $3 so tossed a $5 chip in but didn't say "raise" and was pissed the dealer gave me change :)
     
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  6. Barolo

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    First time ever playing in a "Casino", Canterbury Park in Minneapolis just turned 18 and car pooled with a group of high school buddies in two separate cars o_O . We walked into the cardroom and put ours names on the 2/4 limit holdem list; they opened a new table so half of us got put on the same table, VERY FIRST hand one of my buddies hits the high-end of the Bad Beat Jackpot for $50k, table share for others was 5k not involved in the hand. We had NO CLUE what had happened and were pissed our buddy had just lost his $60 on the first hand with AA vs QQ plus every other player including the dealer were celebrating it !!!! :goofy:
     
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  7. Mudhen

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    Ha, ha. My first time playing poker in a casino, was at the MGM, Later on that same trip, I gave it a shot at the Mirage. 7-stud was still very popular at the time, and the only games that existed (in Las Vegas) were of the 'limit" variety. So that is where I started. I had good luck on that trip, and thought it might be an easy way to make some money. :kill:

    Over the years, I learned to despise limit poker. Eventually, no-limit games started to show up on a regular basis, and I found them to be much more enjoyable. But by then I was getting very burnt out on poker in general. Sitting at a table for hours on end just isn't for me. So I moved on, and haven't played in years.

    But it was fun for a while. :thumbsup:
     
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  8. KKB

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    OK I've played poker for over 15 years (TX Hold em or Omaha)...I have NEVER heard of a Monte Carlo--what is it?

    I started playing locally. Bars began offering it as a way to get customers in. Free to play, win a small prize ($30-50-100 for first, usually gift cards for 2nd, maybe third). I was a very very tight player in the beginning & it served me well at that time in Vegas. Play has definitely evolved and so I have had to adjust. Initially i was cashing half the tourneys I played. I honestly considered moving to Vegas & make a career of it. A 2 year cold streak changed my mind (looking back I was choosing convenient games to where I was staying in Vegas, not choosing games with the best structure for me). I have not had a cold streak like that again (more aware of choosing the best game for me), but I am not cashing at that level; I do see it as the evolution of play in the game with many many more players than when I began; and people watch game play, play online--and honestly, the tight play that worked so well 15 years ago isn't as effective in mid-priced tourney play these days.

    Not complaining; still love the game. But I have learned optimal video poker & am finding it to be more profitable for me these days.