I was playing in the $1/2 NLHE game during the weekend at the Goldstrike Casino. A guy joined the table and bought in for $100. I could tell immediately he was a newbie. He didn't understand how blinds worked. He didn't know that if you tossed in a red bird ($5 chip) for a $2 bet that it was just a call. Eventually the dealer corrected him on some point and he stated it was his first time to play in a casino. No kidding.
On one hand, he kept calling bets including on the river. When he showed his hand, he had ace high! His elderly mother came to the table at a point when he had lost most of his buy-in. She gave him another $100 (in twenties) and he bought in again. Sad.
On another hand, a player with him was all-in, so the other guy turned over his hand: 10-10. The turn and river were dealt (an ace and a jack). The noobie mucked his hand (without showing) and left. The dealer whispered to the guy next to him that he had mucked an ace, meaning his pair of aces would have won the pot.
I love to win at poker. It's my job to take their money. I (basically) don't soft-play friends, and I don't expect them to soft-play me. A poker friend of mine named Mark says it well: "Just because I take your money doesn't mean I don't like you." On the other hand, taking money from this guy just didn't feel right. What do you think?
I didn't mind this hand though. A guy in middle position held: ♦8 ♣8. There were some limpers for $2 and he limped as well. I was in the small blind and put in $1 to complete. Six of us saw a flop. That's the trouble with a $1/2 blind structure. Making it $1/3 makes a big difference. The pots are a little bigger even though fewer players limp.
The flop was ♥J ♥8 ♠4. I bet $10, a guy called and the middle set (8s) raised to $25. It folded to me and I moved all in. The next guy thought, but folded, and the guy with the set of 8s called. Unfortunately, he only had around $100 left because I turned over ♣J ♦J for top set.
Isn't poker suh-weet?