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Old 12-15-2010, 11:39 PM   #1
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Home game vs. Casino

I have this slight unlucky run at casinos where I cannot seem to play so well with the amount of donks that play there. I just get a little upset how so many players go just to play because they have money to blow. The Micco and Magic City is Miami is a HUGE example. Look it up and you'll see what I mean.

Anyways, because of all that bitching....I have grinded out the home games a lot and have done very well with the very unskilled players who sit down...which I like to call calling stations and who are usually very easy to trap. I would start hustling as much home games as possible and my question is this: is this something that is healthy for me to just continue and not go to the casino? Any pro and cons?
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:59 AM   #2
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Re: Home game vs. Casino

House games are harder to find and require more patience with regulations. Casinos offer higher stakes and provide financial security. Decision is based on long term goals; is objective to play casually, professionally, or improve? Atmosphere and absence of rake makes traditional games best for casual players. Stability makes Brick & Mortars practical to professionals. Either setting is acceptable to improving players, but I favor home games. Stakes are lower and danger is higher but neither outweighs advantages of equal playing fields.

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Old 12-16-2010, 01:18 AM   #3
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House games are harder to find and require more patience with regulations. Casinos offer higher stakes and provide financial security. Decision is based on long term goals; is objective to play casually, professionally, or improve? Atmosphere and absence of rake makes traditional games best for casual players. Stability makes Brick & Mortars practical to professionals. Either setting is acceptable to improving players, but I favor home games. Stakes are lower and danger is higher but neither outweighs advantages of equal playing fields.
The thing about playing at the casino that i'm in favor, is that the stakes are much more higher and that they are it more access than home games which you mentioned....but I think you should really have a BR before ever going to the casino. MAJORITY of the players at the casino go with just one complete buy in from a paycheck from work that they can afford which is a big complete no. I have seen and know many players go home broke and cannot afford to go back until the next paycheck. I say, stick the home games with lower buy ins which you can easily afford 3 to 5 buy ins and just do that till you finish school or w.e you're trying to complete. I also think that home game players are much more dangerous with lower buy ins, so if you're much of a feel of the player, practicing your calling tells would be perfect. I would also try to make as much friends as possible at these home games to include more home games to your schedule. Soon enough, you might find daily home games at your disposal and increase your BR very easily.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #4
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Re: Home game vs. Casino

Jen-Sung, you need to crush Mr. Scott at his HG. Everytime he talks to me, he says he has your number. Destroy Mr. Scott. Tell him Sush says so.

Apple: I used to regular all the SoFL tracks/casinos down here (1/2, 2/5). I just got married though, so I'm looking for some possible home games to hit up. It's difficult to leave her at home while I go play cards. She doesn't mind watching and I know Gulfstream does offer that option, but I feel guilty if she just sits behind me for hours on end. Is there some home games you know of that I could visit/frequent with you perhaps? This way if she comes along, she can relax and watch TV or something... Yeah I know this is sort of a weird request, but I'm having withdrawals lol. I think the games you play at are around my level/stakes.

Shoot me an email if you can please - Kerensky15@yahoo.com

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:49 PM   #5
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Jen-Sung, you need to crush Mr. Scott at his HG. Everytime he talks to me, he says he has your number. Destroy Mr. Scott. Tell him Sush says so.

-M
Congratulations Sush, you are the second local poster I encountered in the Home Poker Forum! While Scott is undoubtedly more well rounded, his edge is temporary. There is no compensation for experience, but rigorous analysis, study, and unnerving honesty goes the distance. Let me know if you are interested in traditional games within the Gainesville area; always looking for new players.

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:43 PM   #6
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haha! Yeah, look at my join date (2004). I haven't visited 2+2 regularly in a long time. Got bored in a training class today though. Mr. Scott is beatable though his azz always gets lucky on me. Horrible. I would totally play but I'm residing in Miami, FL now. The casinos down here are so sick. The action is unbelievable (especially at the $2/5). Come visit/try when you get some time.

I'll be visiting Gainesville next weekend for a few days due to the holidays. Have a game or make Mr. Scott have one in my honor. I'll be there.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:11 AM   #7
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You two guys from Florida as well? Sweet =) I reside near the kendall campus of Miami Dade...so now I'm pretty sure everyone knows where I am. I will shoot you an email later Sush and I have a some home games I wouldn't mind you trying out....but mind you, they are total fish and really annoying. Just my second losing session in two months and both were just completely brutal and not fun at all.
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:13 AM   #8
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Congratulations Sush, you are the second local poster I encountered in the Home Poker Forum! While Scott is undoubtedly more well rounded, his edge is temporary. There is no compensation for experience, but rigorous analysis, study, and unnerving honesty goes the distance. Let me know if you are interested in traditional games within the Gainesville area; always looking for new players.
do you play with just college students? I like waiting till they finally received their financial aid check, lmao
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:42 AM   #9
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do you play with just college students? I like waiting till they finally received their financial aid check, lmao
Lol, play with a wide diversity. Mostly college students but a healthy amount of older degenerates as well.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:07 AM   #10
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home games ftw

casino if u want to donate ur winrate
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:23 AM   #11
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Re: Home game vs. Casino

OP, are you saying you lose to bad players, and you have better success playing against good players? I thought poker was a game of skill.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:44 PM   #12
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Re: Home game vs. Casino

Orlando checking in.

I enjoy both, but I prefer home games for several reasons: better social atmosphere, higher winrates, no rake, and less meaningful stakes. That said, I've had a difficult time finding games in my area and recruiting new players for my games - I think that's the toughest aspect of home poker for me.
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #13
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It is tough to find new players, but it shouldn't be. A survey showed that 16% of adult Americans played poker last year.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #14
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Appreciate it Apple.

So O-town is a difficult arena for home games? I remember going to a few crazy regular 2/5s (near downtown Orlando area) when I lived there, but that was years ago. Interesting, considering the closest location for live is Daytona or Tampa. Both are about an hour + commute each way.

Schmendr1ck, shoot me some information. I still come back to Orlando from time to time, to visit the family. Wouldn't mind swinging by for a game or two if I'm bored. hah. Kerensky15@yahoo.com is my email.

Thanks guys.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:52 PM   #15
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Re: Home game vs. Casino

i think that in casinos you have more fish plus it is all legal. Of course, I hate the rake 5+2 in Colorado.
If I could find some good home game I would love to join it but it is quite difficult.
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