December 28, 2010

Dad's home game

I'm back home in Jacksonville for christmas, and went with my dad to his weekly home game tonight. I was the only guy there under the age of 60. They play dealer's choice and we didn't play a single poker game that you could find online (at least not in the by-the-book structure). They have some weird betting structures too; checking is rarely allowed, so you have to either bet or fold, and the first person to act rotates each street. Rarely would anyone raise, though the times they did raise it wouldn't necessarily correlate with having the nuts both ways. 

There was one game they played that I think might actually be interesting to play with real poker players, "Pair/NoPair": Each player antes and is dealt 5 cards. Action proceeds to the left of the dealer, and players may either check or open the betting. If nobody chooses to open, everyone antes again and hands are re-dealt. Assuming someone opens, the other players may either call, fold, or raise. Then there is a drawing round, and another betting round begins with the person who opened pre-draw. Once betting completes, everyone shows down, and the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand (which must be unpaired, hence the name of the game). Obviously, straights and flushes are super strong since they can play both ways, but its hard to make them in a single-draw game. Against the loose-passive old guys, it was fairly simple to evaluate my hand strength and make betting decisions knowing I wouldn't be exploited, but I'm curious how the game would play against solid aggressive opponents. Also, the structure they used was 2-5-5, but I think 2-5-10 would be better. Feel free to try it out at your own homegame and report the results!

Most of the other games involved double boards, wild cards, and/or split pots, so I don't remember much about any specific hand, but I wound up ahead a few bets at the end of the night. I'm not sure who else won anything, since it seemed like they were all grouching about losing. Tomorrow, I'm headed with dad to the dog track for some real live Florida poker, and hopefully I'll return with some real live USD's and a hilarious trip report for the kids at home.

Happy Holidays!

Posted By DJ Sensei at 06:13 AM

12 Comments

Tags: home game silly poker games pair no pair

12 Comments:

delcrossb posted on December 28, 2010 at 14:34 PM

Delcrossb

The you describe sounds a lot like hi/lo declare, which used to be a pretty popular game to the best of my knowledge and definitely has a lot of skill to it.

There is a 5/10 PLO game at a dog track near me in Florida which, as best I can tell, is one of the softest PLO games I've EVER seen. If only I had the money to sit in it. GL!


KasinoKrime posted on December 28, 2010 at 20:09 PM

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Haha sounds fun. gl at the casino!


Bonito posted on December 28, 2010 at 20:30 PM

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There are a ton of games that I think would make for great poker games. My favorite to play is one my friends made up called Nebraska Splitem.

Everyone gets 6 cards and you split your cards into a low and a hi (3 cards for each). The betting and board just plays like Holdem. But your designated low hand can only win the low and your high can only win the high.


DJ Sensei posted on December 28, 2010 at 22:56 PM

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@delcrossb: They do play some declare games, but this one wasn't one since your hand pretty much speaks for itself. I wish the poker room near me had 5/10 PLO but I don't think they can get it off the ground :/


delcrossb posted on December 29, 2010 at 03:06 AM

Delcrossb

Too bad you live in Jacksonville! I am down in Naples so I made some runs to Tampa and Hollywood during the Holiday season. Sadly I was hoping to get a (ANY NON HOLDEM GAME) off the ground but people only play the hold them.


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