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Old 03-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #26
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Instead, make your life simple by playing .25/.25 or a single .25 blind.

For PLO, try a single .25 blind with a cap to start, as already suggested.
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We moved to 1/1 blinds because playing 0.50/1.00 meant adding either 0.25 which would be useless except for posting the small blind or 0.50 in which case to have a more normal chip distribution you would need 2 and 10 chips which are less common.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #27
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I play a weekly mixed game that incorporates stud games, using a button ante. We don't use blinds at all, even in the flop games.

dealer antes $2 in all games. Stud games have a $1 bring-in, and it's $1 to limp in flop games. Works pretty well.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:39 PM   #28
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One last point on psychology. Mental arithmetic is mentally taxing and will deplete the glucose in your pre-frontal cortex more quickly. The pre-frontal cortex monitors and regulates emotions. When it is depleted, you will tend to act more rashly. ("The pot is exactly $41.75, and he bet 83.8% pot, thus denying me proper odds... **** it, maybe he's bluffing, I call.")

So when playing a pot-limit session, it may be optimal to not personally track the pot to conserve energy.

(Maybe this is why Stud players seem to be the grumpy types; tracking those cards is wearing them down.)
You're ****ting me...are you some kind of brain scientist?

And that would explain alot about stud players LOL.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:45 PM   #29
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This makes me want to pull out my hair. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COUNT THE CHIPS IN A POT. You count the bets and keep track.

If you can't do this ..... learn .... not just for playing PLO. knowing how much is in the pot is generally considered useful for playing all forms of poker.
IIRC, you are a professional dealer, and it would be your job to keep track of pot sizes, which you would likely continue to do out of habit when playing as opposed to dealing. Counting the exact pot is not a skill most players possess. Personally, as a NLHE player, I only keep track of the pot to within perhaps 20%, which is close enough for most decisions. No need to hate, brotha!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #30
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Re: First time hosting mix cash game

when I'm dealing PL and out of the hand, I've started doing the "3x the bet + everything else" thing in my head to keep myself awake while people yammer about "is there a low?" or whatever.

It really gets easier with practice and isn't that hard. Worth the effort.

lmao about glucose deficiency in the prefrontal cortex of stud players!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #31
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You're ****ting me...are you some kind of brain scientist?
The findings in this area are frightening.

Classic study: They put two groups of students into separate waiting rooms. The control group doesn't do anything there. Then they are told to get up and walk to another room. In the hallway, there's someone giving out free snacks: An apple, or a piece of chocolate cake. X% of the control group choose the chocolate cake.

The "treatment" group, however, are made to do some kind of test first, I think involving arithmetic. Then they walk down the hallway to the snacks. Y% of them choose the chocolate cake.

The treatment group chooses more cake.

The explanation is that their ability to restrain their urges has been diminished due to the mental fatigue.

Similar studies have found that hungry students who are sitting next to freshly baked cookies, but are not allowed to eat them, are more likely to quit on a task out of frustration. The idea being their limited willpower resources has been depleted in resisting the cookies.

So be careful about playing poker when you're on a diet and the host has the awesome nacho spread out!
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:02 PM   #32
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Does beer replenish glucose in the brain? If so, dug can do all the math he wants.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:52 PM   #33
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Does beer replenish glucose in the brain? If so, dug can do all the math he wants.
I'm pretty sure it does. Everybody knows beer is brain food: it make Bud wiser LOLOL!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:08 PM   #34
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The "treatment" group, however, are made to do some kind of test first, I think involving arithmetic. Then they walk down the hallway to the snacks. Y% of them choose the chocolate cake.

I read that one, I think in "How We Decide" by Jonah Lehrer. Pretty sure the task was remembering an 8-digit number.

here's an article.

Lemonade helps, but not diet lemonade. Beer would probably be even better than lemonade, so long as it was not light beer. (science proving what was already obvious: light beer sucks).
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #35
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Ok, so in the end I was stubborn. We ended up playing Omaha as $0.10/$0.10 as pot limit. No $0.50 round up on initial pot raise. We only had a to make change on a few instances. And considering it was the first time 3 of the 7 players played for money, no one busted out quick.

I think in general Omaha moved slower as expected. Myself and the player to my right were pretty good about organizing the pot for bigger pot bets, but really I think we only had 5 instances total where it took us more than 20 seconds to tally it up.

Busted out of my bounty tourney twice though. I guess I can't win them all.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:29 AM   #36
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It sounds like it went reasonably well. What were the reviews on Omaha? What did the others think?
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:57 AM   #37
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It sounds like it went reasonably well. What were the reviews on Omaha? What did the others think?
We had one guy pushing to add stud the whole time. Another for O8 and the rest of us trying to improve the Omaha skills and get used to changing gears. Overall it was positive and it definitely motivated more people to stay after the tournament. We had one guy come just for the Omaha and one guy debated coming back later after he busted out way early.

Good times were had. However, now I'm out of beer again!
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #38
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We had one guy pushing to add stud the whole time.
Some friends and i recently started playing a mix game with nlh/plo/7stud. We played .05/.10 nlh and plo then .25/.50 with a .10 bring in for stud. (lolstudentaments).
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #39
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However, now I'm out of beer again!
Better get on that. Gotta keep the brain glucose levels at their peak!
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:14 AM   #40
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Funny you mention beer and glucose.

I had recently switched my standard beer to Michelob Ultra (3g carbs), and in retrospect, I think I noticed a decline in my energy level. So this past week, I went to Bud Light (7ish g carbs). So maintaining a 1.5-2 beers per hour is probably good enough to sustain the brain.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #41
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^^^ I concurr, doctor. I would postulate that 2 beers/hour is optimal for keeping brain/glucose levels calibrated for peak performance...
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:57 AM   #42
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Forgot to add. I just bought 4 decks of copags 2 weeks ago. One deck already was fouled due to it cracking horizontally near the top of the card. I was shocked that it was damaged in its very first tournament. I've e-mailed copag as I bought them directly from their website. I'll let you know the results.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:00 PM   #43
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Mixed games: I have participated in a few hosted by my boss. Basically, players take turns designating the game for each orbit; once each player has dealt once, the player to the left of the player who called the previous game then calls a game and deals the first hand of that game. The same game can be called by consecutive players. The rotation generally includes Texas hold 'em, Omaha high-low, Omaha high-only, 7-card stud, and razz.
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