Baby steps

English: A poker timer dealer button Français ...

English: A poker timer dealer button Français : Un bouton timer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am in the process gettig my life on track by being a better family person, a better working person, and a better human person.

I need to exercise my body, brain, and soul.

A little walking daily is in order. Some reading daily helps. Sharing thoughts with my soul mate.

Lucky for me, this is all doable.

I should work on making my goals into lists as one of my faults is not following through.

As for my poker dealing and poker playing, I am always thinking about ways to improve. I still get great enjoyment as a poker dealer and as a poker player.

If I can do it with my work and hobbies, I can do it with life.

Thank you for your encouragement and comments. Looking forward to sharing life and the excitement that I feel towards living.

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Moving forward … part 2

Looking ahead

Looking ahead (Photo credit: sskennel)

As mentioned on my last post, I believe that I am fighting a mild bout of depression. Of the many possible causes, I am narrowing it down to physical, although it does not really matter what the cause as long as I acknowledge it and work on overcoming the problem.

Besides treating the physical problem, I am working on getting daily exercise and having more contact with humans. This works for me as I get some of this contact by either working at or playing at the Poker Room at Hampton Falls.

If the physical solution works, I will explain in more detail what I believe has happened to me. Regardles of the cause, I am working at moving forward.

Thank you for your support and kind words.

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Moving forward …

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwi...

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (aka Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am AMAZING

I am currently battling through a stage of mild depression.

Yes, I have mentioned it to my doctor and yes I have told my significant other.

There are many reasons for going through this stage, some emotional and some physical.

The depression is mild. Like, ho hum, nice day Pooh, oh dear, bread and beer, why bother, etc. Not earth shaking, not traumatizing.

Depression is normal I learned. After all, every day or every hour or every moment in life is not electrifying, exciting, rewarding, or uplifting. There are down moments in everyone’s life.

Constant mild depression is not so normal and that is what I feel I have. I tend to give out subtle clues but I rarely talk about it or want to. I am slightly more quiet than usual. I like talking with people, so when I shut down, that is not my normal self. I have not read a book for the last four months (we do listen to audio books but that is not the same thing as it is a group activity. Diane and I listen together).

One exception, I have read our niece’s (Catherine W. McKinney) brilliant book “MacCool and the Woman” twice so far.

However, as a rule, I tend to avoid confrontations, such as giving political or religious opinions, and believe me, I do have them.

I recently posted here and on MomPopPow that I am in danger of losing my voice, both physical and virtual (blogging) and now need to do something about it.

I figure that reading aloud will help my physical voice. My virtual voice is now being engaged as well. Hence, I am writing this blog.

Diane has dozens, no hundreds, wait, thousands of ideas for me. Her brain spins and twerlls, just like the dragon eyes from Anne McCaffrey’s “DragonRiders of Pern” series. Not all of the ideas fit my personality (or depressed state), but some of them do resonate.

Recently, our son Chris was visiting with his daughter Violette, and he asked Diane, “how does my brain work”? I didn’t think much about the comment until Diane mentioned it again.

I am not sure how my brain works? I give out the reason for my dark hair and white beard, is that my brain does not overheat, thus does not whiten my hair. No smoke from the chimney type of thing. Yet, I tend to be a problem solver.

I tend to look at processes, or life, or challenges differently. I have always been a great high-tech trouble shooter at most of the high-tech jobs I have been employed as either as a programmer. a systems analyst or systems engineer.

Yet, I never have used these skills to bear on my own personal challenges. Now that I admit to having a personnel problem, albeit, depression, I will engage myself to overcome or at least minimize the effects to me and my lifestyle.

Stay tuned!

Mom Pop Pow! Where you can do it if you try!

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwi...

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (aka Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (aka Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am AMAZING

I am currently battling through a stage of mild depression.

Yes, I have mentioned it to my doctor and yes I have told my significant other.

There are many reasons for going through this stage, some emotional and some physical.The depression is mild. Like, ho hum, nice day Pooh, oh dear, bread and beer, why bother, etc. Not earth shaking, not traumatizing.

Depression is normal I learned. After all, every day or every hour or every moment in life is not electrifying, exciting, rewarding, or uplifting. There are down moments in everyone’s life.

Constant mild depression is not so normal and that is what I feel I have. I tend to give out subtle clues but I rarely talk about it or want to. I am slightly more quiet than usual. I like talking with people, so when I shut down, that is not my normal self. I have not read a book for the last four months (we do listen to audio books but that is not the same thing as it is a group activity. Diane and I listen together).

One exception, I have read our niece’s (Catherine W. McKinney) brilliant book “MacCool and the Woman” twice so far.

However, as a rule, I tend to avoid confrontations, such as giving political or religious opinions, and believe me, I do have them.

I recently posted here and on DadsPokerBlog that I am in danger of losing my voice, both physical and virtual (blogging) and now need to do something about it.I figure that reading aloud will help my physical voice. My virtual voice is now being engaged as well. Hence, I am writing this blog.

Diane has dozens, no hundreds, wait, thousands of ideas for me. Her brain spins and twerlls, just like the dragon eyes from Anne McCaffrey’s “DragonRiders of Pern” series. Not all of the ideas fit my personality (or depressed state), but some of them do resonate.

Recently, our son Chris was visiting with his daughter Violette, and he asked Diane, “how does my brain work”? I didn’t think much about the comment until Diane mentioned it again.

I am not sure how my brain works? I give out the reason for my dark hair and white beard, is that my brain does not overheat, thus does not whiten my hair. No smoke from the chimney type of thing. Yet, I tend to be a problem solver.

I tend to look at processes, or life, or challenges differently. I have always been a great high-tech trouble shooter at most of the high-tech jobs I have been employed as either as a programmer. a systems analyst or systems engineer.

Yet, I never have used these skills to bear on my own personal challenges. Now that I admit to having a personnel problem, albeit, depression, I will engage myself to overcome or at least minimize the effects to me and my lifestyle.

Stay tuned! More on poker and poker dealing and life.

You are AMAZING too!

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Use it or lose it

Till Human Voices Wake Us

Retirement and living in a secluded area in NH with less people interaction, is causing me to lose my voice, literally and figuratively.

This may be due to many factors. Being away from people most of the time. Being mildly depressed. Being agreeable or not voicing any disagreements might also contribute to my voice slowly disappearing.

My online voice is also very faint. I barely blog and then usually, it is a podcast about a book we just listened to.

A few months ago I attended a Social Media event entitled “Sobcon 2012” and learned during a work session, that everyone should take drama lessons as a way of improving ones voice. When discussing this with Diane, she suggested that I talk into a mirror as a way of getting my voice back.

Regardless of what it takes, I am going to work on getting my actual physical and virtual voice back before I lose it entirely.

My father used to say if you don’t use it, you will lose it. Whatever “it” may be.

It is not enough just to speak or talk, I need to project more, giving words or phrases more emphasis.

At the poker room, when I am dealing I will say:

Small blind, big blind

Antes please

Your action

Player raises

Player calls

Raise is announced

Player re-raised All-in

Blinds are up next hand

If you are not in the hand you are on break

We will be coloring up the chips

We will not be coloring up the chips

Blinds and/ or antes will be xxx when we return from break

And much, much more.

But I only deal two days a week and apparently this is not enough to build up my voice to the point where it is understood in a noisy crowd.

So I will endeavor to practice speaking to the point that I am heard and I will do the same regarding my blogging here or at MomPopPow.com.

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Upgrade from Bad Santa

As a newbie poker dealer at The Poker Room NH, I am working hard to include conversation in my repertoire of dealing tools. As a rule,  dealers should just make sure that the action at the table is brisk without rushing anyone.

Comments made by the dealer should be non-biased and certainly not unkind. There is a fine line between friendly conversation and annoying banter.

To that end, I sometimes  tell the “Bad Santa”

Bad Santa

Bad Santa (Photo credit: BRED(odevay.com))

story whenever a player complains about the bad hands they are dealt by me.

During one session a female player raised the opening amount to 4,000 chips. The table’s chip leader re-raised her to 8,000. The lady player thought about it for a couple of minutes and re-raised All-in and was called by the chip leader.

The female player tabled QQ and the chip leader tabled AK off suit.

The flop was 5 9 J, rainbow (meaning no matching suited cards).

The turn card was a 2.

The river card was an ace crushing the female player’s pocket queens by giving the chip leader a pair of aces.

She looked at me and said “you are not Bad Santa, you are the Grim Reaper!”.

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Grim Reaper (advertisement) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Poker room math – how it works

English: Poker Room at the MGMG Grand. Lion Re...

English: Poker Room at the MGMG Grand. Lion Reservoir in the background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you play cash games at poker rooms, there are two or three items that will reduce the amount of the pots that you can win.

Rake – the amount that the house or poker room keeps from each pot. For this example, we will take $1 from every $10 pot up to a maximum of $5 when pots reach $50 or more.

Tips – the amount that a player gives the dealer when the player wins a pot. For this example, we will assume that the player gives one dollar for each pot won.

Bad Beat – the amount that the house or poker room keeps from each pot for the bad beat jackpot. For this example, we will use $1 per pot. Generally a bad beat is when one players has four of a kind like 2222 and the other player has 3333 for a better four of a kind. Rules at each poker house will vary.

Let’s assume that there are nine players at the table and that each player brings $100 to the table to play for a total pool of $900.00 in play.

Let’s assume that each player receives 20 hands per hour.

Let’s assume that they all play for 5 hours or 100 hands total and no one rebuys when they lose.

Of the 100 pots won, on average 50 of them will have a rake of $2 taken for a total of $100.

25 pots won will have a rake taken of $4 for a total of $100.

25 pots won will have a rake taken of $5 for a total of $125

An average tip of $1.50 will be taken from the 100 pots for a total of $150

A dollar taken out of each pot for the bad beat jackpot for a total of $100

Results:

Starting players amount       $900

Less total rake amount         -325

Less total tip amount            -150

Less total bad beat amount   -100

Ending players amount         $325

Average amount remaining per player:  $36.11

Summary:

The effect of rake and tips is not immediately noticeable to the average player due to the fact that some players leave and new ones take their place, bringing new money to the table. Of course there are always those players that buy more chips and remain at the table.

Unless you are a winning player, it is virtually impossible to accumulate winnings when more than 40% of each players chips ends up going to the poker room and the poker room dealers.

Addendum:

I am a poker player and a poker dealer. I really appreciate my customers and the tips that they give us fellow dealers. I enjoy both the game and the challenge in spite of the fact that I do not play poker well enough to make a living doing it.

You could say that I love the social aspects of poker. As a player, I can relate to other players. As a dealer, I see the business side and relate to that as well. Some consider poker as part of the entertainment industry and I am striving hard each day to provide a service to my customers, the players.

And I hope that everyone understands that this is not a condemnation of the industry that I love but just an explanation of how it works. This post was the result of my thinking about the business side of poker that I wanted to share with you.

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The 42 Steps used when dealing a hand of poker

I was recently asked about what are the 42 steps I was referring to and this post should answer that question.

Special thanks to “Dealer Training” for allowing me to reprint the entire lesson in return for my giving credit and sharing an ad and link to their site.  I still use many of their practice exercises before going to work.

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Chapter 6

DEALING PROCESS

Lesson 1 – 42 Step Dealing Process

Dealing Hold Em is in essence a process – a series of steps woven together to seamlessly execute an entire hand of poker. This chapter outlines the 42 step dealing process from the start of one hand to the start of the next. Each hand you deal will follow this process.

We begin the hand as if you have just awarded the pot to a player and are starting the next hand. This hand will document the entire process. Remember that some steps may not be applicable every hand.

SHUFFLE

1. Scramble – during the scramble request blinds to be posted. Confirm the button is in proper position.

2. Square the deck

3. Riffle the deck

4. Riffle the deck

5. Box the deck

6. Riffle the deck

7. Cut the deck

DEAL

8. Pickup the deck – place it in your left hand in the underhand dealers grip.

9. Tighten the deck

10 . Pitch the cards – start with the small blind and work your way around the table in a clockwise fashion. Continue dealing until each player has two cards. The button receives the last card – except in cases of misdeals or if a card is accidentally exposed.

11. Commence and complete the first round of betting – action starts to the left of the button and moves aroud the table clockwise. Allow the first player a few moments then give a slight nod in their direction letting them know ‘it’s your turn’. If the player still does not respond politely say to them “your action”.

12. The players’ actions will determine your action – a player will take different actions depending on the situation. As one player announces their action it continues to around the table until each player has announced their intentions. During all rounds of betting players will check, bet, raise or fold and you will collect mucked cards, create the muck, announce the action, collect bets, create the pot, create side pots, count bets, cut chips and calculate the rake.

13. Follow the action around the table – everyone should act in turn. Do not forget the blinds on the first round of betting.

14. Announce the number of players still in the hand

15. Tap the table – tap, tap

16. Burn a card

17. Spread the flop

18. Commence and complete the second round of betting

19. Announce the number of players still in the hand

20. Tap the table – tap, tap

21. Burn a card

22. Deal the turn

23. Commence and complete the third round of betting

24. Announce the number of players still in the hand

25. Tap the table – tap, tap

26. Burn a card

27. Deal the river

28. Remove the cut card

28. Place the remaining deck face down in a small fan on top of the muck

29. Commence and complete the fourth and final round of betting

SHOWDOWN

30. Request winning hands to be shown – players are responsible for flipping their own cards face up. Typically a player will take the lead and flip their cards over first. Other players will then either fold or flip their cards up. Send folded hands to the muck immedieatly.

31. Read the board

32. Announce the current winning hand

33. Push the board cards forward to display the winner

34. Muck the losing hand

35. Compare any other live hands one at a time – move the board cards to display the new winning hand. Muck any additional losing hands.

36. Push the pot

37. Flip the winning hand and the board cards face down

38. Move the button

39. Request blinds be posted

40. Drop the rake

41. Collect your tips

42. Thank the player

Repeat the process.