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Old 06-10-2021, 08:44 AM   #1
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What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

I got a pretty awesome home game going in my town.
Low stakes 1/1, perfect for me to build my bankroll.
Completely terrible players, I don't think any of them have ever studied any poker at all.

Now I'm there to win and build my bankroll, which is too small to play bigger casino games atm.

I'm very disciplined, I fold a ton and play very tight, strong ranges.
In a live game this easily translates to being a huge nit, since often you're not playing a hand for over an hour.
People notice this.

So far no one has complained, I get comments on it when I do play a hand, like "Oh you're still here?"
But no one seems to really mind, I even get people chasing me because they want to out-draw me.

My image is extremely nitty and mostly people think I'm incapable of bluffing. (Which makes bluffing them very easy when the right situation comes along, but that really doesn't happen much in these games.)

I've been to this game 6 times now and I'm completely destroying it, winning 23/hour at a 1/1 game where we probably play like 15-25 hands an hour.
The rake is insane as well, 10% capped at 10. If you pay attention you can just see the money disappear from the table.

I'm probably running good, since I don't think I'm anywhere near good enough to win at 20/hour, especially in a 1/1 game.

So far no one has noticed or complained.
But I can tell some of the other players don't really like me.

We sometimes have a friendly chat and some of the other players don't mind me, but from others I get this feeling that they'd rather not have me there.

The hosts do like me though, so I'm probably fine for now.

But I think I might have a problem when people start noticing how often and how much I'm winning in their games.

I'm quiet mostly, I do talk to people but not much.
Can't really relate to any of them about poker strategy, since they know nothing about poker strategy.
Most players seem to like soccer, which I don't know anything about.

What can I do to get these people to like me more?
Preferably without ruining my win rate.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:00 PM   #2
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

What if you bring some beer or snacks?
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Old 06-11-2021, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

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What if you bring some beer or snacks?
They have free drinks and snacks
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Old 06-11-2021, 06:53 AM   #4
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

Loosen up. If you're crushing this game, it's not gonna hurt you to throw out a big bluff now and again, or take some flops in position with weaker hands. Many home game players are in it for fun, whereas you are there to print money. Mix your game up, try new lines, gambool with them a bit more. And tip the host.
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:30 AM   #5
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

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Loosen up. If you're crushing this game, it's not gonna hurt you to throw out a big bluff now and again, or take some flops in position with weaker hands. Many home game players are in it for fun, whereas you are there to print money. Mix your game up, try new lines, gambool with them a bit more. And tip the host.
I try to loosen up now and then when possible.
It feels really uncomfortable though, calling a 10bb open with "weak" hands, I'm just burning money at that point.

I do try to limp in a bit with some of my suited trash whenever possible.
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:58 AM   #6
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

Talk and joke. You can get away with being a perceived nit as long as you are good company.
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Old 06-12-2021, 12:50 PM   #7
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Re: What can I do to keep getting invited when I'm crushing the game?

Tip the host every time you cash out.

Study up a bit on soccer so you can at least follow the conversation in between hands.
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