I have been learning more about playing poker in the last few years than I have since I first learned to play five card draw over 40 years ago. Some of the things that I learned then from experience still ring true. My uncle Roland and Auntie Bea were fierce card players and did not brook much foolishness at the card table. Bluffing back then at a home card game was practically unheard of and heaven help you if you got caught at it.
Uncle Roland had always said if you don’t have a pair don’t get in. Even back then, hand selection prior to entering a pot, was the thing to remember. But back then we used to play micro stacks at our home games so gambling for .01/.02 did not seem like a lot.
I continued to play these home games with my parents and my aunt and uncle right up to about 1997. When I married my wife Diane in 1968, she joined us at these home games. As the years progressed, we moved up from the .01/.02 stacks right up to .10/.25. One thing we had started to do was to create a bankroll for each of us. We also kept an index card with our bankroll to record the amount we had left at the end of a session. In this way we could tell for sure that we had a winning or a loosing time playing. We kept our winnings in a zip lock bag. Even recently we had occasion to use them in home games long after our parents and aunt and uncle passed on to the great felt in the sky.
What was true then, still applies today. Hand selection is still very important. So is position in regards to the hand you decide to play or fold.
Have you learned from you lifetime of poker? Has your decision making improved over the years or months that you have been playing? Are you an impulsive player or a thoughtful one?