Forgive me for yet another Poker Post (YAPP). But it’s so interesting comparing poker with general society – poker is, after all, the mastering of the study of human nature.
In any case, I played poker last night. Great people. I have no complaints about the company, or my host. It was a very enjoyable evening.
But it was a crappy poker evening. Why?
The bets were set too low for the clientele. We were all experienced poker players, playing in a 300K+ (nobody there would experience a life changing event if they lost a thousand dollars, much less a hundred) house. But we were playing very limited stakes.
Basically, this means we were playing for quarters, and dollars. ALL of us could afford to lose quarters and dollars.
So every hand went to the River. ANYONE with $3.00 could afford to stay in the game until the last card is dealt.
This isn’t even Texas Hold’em in my opinion. Sure, it did keep anyone from losing much (I was the big loser, losing $60). But it also kept people from playing poker. It was fun, but it was not poker.
And even though I enjoyed the company – I won’t play this kind of poker again. Taking the risk out of poker takes the fun out of poker. It completely changes the game. It takes the poker out of poker.
So if invited back – even though I enjoyed the evening a lot, and I really enjoyed the company – I won’t play this brand of poker again. It does not play to my strengths. It just isn’t poker. It’s a fun evening shooting the shit with fun people – but it is not poker. Poker should be a game of risk – if there is no risk involved, it just isn’t poker.
It’s a social.
I can do a social. Or poker. But they do not mix.