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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

    Oct 26, 2009
    Washington State Coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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:

    Want to share your story?
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  2. NeonTurtle14

    NeonTurtle14 VIP Whale

    Feb 13, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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

    Mar 21, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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

    May 9, 2017
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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!
    Buddy Trip!
  5. Johnzimbo

    Johnzimbo VIP Whale

    Sep 19, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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 :)
    Big Game weekend again
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  6. Barolo

    Barolo Tourist

    Jan 5, 2019
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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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    Wife's B-Day Bash
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  7. Mudhen

    Mudhen Smart Axe

    May 1, 2018
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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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