I still enjoy Elliot Frome’s column on Gaming Today. Recently, he’s written a column advising some casino players to “Keep an eye on the payouts before sitting down to play.”
He noted how difficult it was for some players to return home for champions – simply impossible over a long period. Casino charges are strong. That’s true in every game you are likely to play at the casino – in some games more than others.
His advice is good: “You have to get games with higher returns.” Some casinos offer ever higher returns and it should be more desirable to visit the dewa poker.
Even so, it’s impossible to conquer the casino! This is the step of the owner to become truly rich.
Making matters worse for some players, Frome writes if “payments have been deducted in the last 10 or 20 years.” Result: It is more expensive to play your favorite game at the casino – the harder it is to win.
He begins his column by telling us about Jean Scott who recently told us that, after 30 years, he is retiring from a game he really enjoys. They just lost their cheer, he said. “He meant that the casinos were getting more and more pinning down a few players over the year (so) if they had taken the fun out of that.”
In a personal way, I doubt if it will influence the casino to change their pace – as long as there are some other people ready to play by their criteria. The casino needs to provide a profit – at least to a reasonable extent.
For Texas hold’em players, learning to play better than your foes can be a natural solution to this dilemma – except from turning to home games to your picnic poker kicks.
Learning to play better is not an easy job. Here are some opinions to be more skilled than your enemy – “opponent”:
- Be more selective in selecting tables and benches. Stay away from tables with very few tight players until you can win the bigger pots.
- Play carefully against a really aggressive player (“maniac”); try to sit on his left so he has to take action before you make the decision.
- Concentrate on the game – not on the football match shown on the large TV monitor on the wall.
- Search for enemies that are tilted. Use them whenever you can.
- Choose the starting hand that offers the best chance of winning; and press your hands better on the downsides. (The Hold’em algorithm will help.
- Use pot chances as well as card opportunities to make the best decisions – to earn Positive Expectations.
- Learn if it is your best advantage to cash out the pitch. For some champions, selective aggression is the trick.
- When holding marginal starting hands, use Hold’em Alert (no increase in multiway pots.)
- Use your images to your advantage; change occasionally to mess around with “opponents.”
- Explore when it gives your advantage to play more aggressively.
- When you catch a monster’s hand, build the pot using your tricking skills.
- Explore when and how best to bluff; use the Esther Bluff strategy; don’t even try to bully the Call Station.
- Learn to read your enemies and understand their play characters. Use them.
- Look for info, as well as the best way to translate it.
- There comes a time when folding large logical hands. Example: The scare card falls on the notepad, and the fast player opens the bet.
- Take breaks when they benefit you. Example: Don’t take a break when you are a Button or in a late place. Don’t rest while the Aces-Cracked bonus is playing. That’s the best time to be on hand.
Think about it. Can you enhance our list of hold’em poker skills and opinions? Drop me a line.