So is there any way to keep from going broke in poker? Well, yeah, you either don’t play or you play responsibly, right? Sure. But sometimes, when the cards are coming down hot and every place is just the nuts, you start to lose a little bit of your control and that whole responsible bit seems easier said than done. Saying you’re not going to keep playing Texas Hold Em or Omaha when you start losing is easy in theory. In practice, well not so much.
But why not keep it casual when you get bitten by the poker bug? The current state of the economy makes it difficult for a lot of us to even think about going on the road and playing the big tournaments. For us, theres variations of Nickle and Dime poker instead. Think about it: you can have some fun, most of all; you can win some money, also good; and you can hone your skills so that, who knows? Maybe one of these days you will be ready to take it on the road.
Now, don’t start groaning. The games well be discussing in the coming weeks are not lame, its not kiddie poker. Have an open mind you might surprise yourself and find a new favorite game.
Are you guys ready to start nickel and diming it? Like say, I know Nickel and Dime poker sounds boring, but it is great for many things. Playing for fun, playing to hone your skills, these are even games you can play with the kids for candy, matchsticks, or change.
First we have Spit in the Ocean, which can also be called Split in the Ocean. In this game, every player gets four cards. One card gets place face down, right in the middle of the card table. It is a wild card, and it will be shared by all the players but at the end of the game, where it will be used to create the best hand possible.
The players begin by tossing in their antes, and the player to the left of the dealer starts the betting. After the initial betting session, each of the players can choose to discard. They can discard one card, all of them, or any amount in between. The discards go in front of the individual players, facing down. After the replacement cards are dealt, there is another betting session. Following that, the wild card is turned face up; the discards are as well.
Here is the tricky bit: if there is a discard matching the wild card, the owner of that card must pay up the ante again before doing anything else. Then, based on the wild card, another betting session occurs, after which the hands are compared and the winner is selected.
Avoid Beginner Mistakes
You aim to have fun and win some chips when you play poker. When you are a green apple in the game, you tend to make some mistakes which may get the players on the table raise some brows or may get you out of chips.
We made a simple list for you to browse:
Playing Any Hand You Have
Play and enjoy the game but you need to learn what is the acceptable starting hand for you. Do you think it will be wise to play a 3 Spade with a 4 Diamond?
Jumping Over Your Bankroll
Anything that is too much is not good for you. If you play greedy poker or play way above your budget can afford, count a few months and you will be declaring a bankrupt. Know your limits and stick to what you can afford.
Declare and Change
Like chess, poker is a game of integrity. Declare “raise” and you should raise. Say “call” and you mean call. Your first action is your final action. Play by the etiquette and you will win more than chips while on the poker table.
Mimicking Other Players
Imitate professional players you see on the television and you may end up getting their bad habits as well. Poker is a game where your own decision and habits will count. Your call will win you games and your behavior will be your wall against the other players.
Loving too much the Suited Cards
Suited cards are nice but you need to know how to value your cards. An Ace and a King of different suits are far more valuable than a ten and two of hearts. Remember there is a very low probability for flush.