Posted by Johnnymac 2:35 PM
We played here at the house last night in our sort-of regular monthly game. The stakes are rather low and I won $25. Nothing to serious or enhancing to the bank, but fun at least.
My friend Jordan played last night for the first time in a long time. Jordan played with us a couple of times a few years ago and had some hard luck and quit playing for a while. We would always invite him to play and he would always answer that he felt the learning curve was too expensive for him to get comfortable with the games that we play and the relative strength of the hands that are usually needed to win them. Nonetheless, he's a good friend and he's always spending time at the house and he's beginning to learn poker by osmosis, it seems. Last night, he finally decided to give it another shot.
He didn't win anything - he lost $40, in fact - but he held his own and didn't feel like he was being taken advantage of, as I think may have been the case in the past. Just like anyone who's starting out playing poker, he has a lot to learn, but he's a smart guy and I think he realized last night that we a little bit of observation, the game isn't quite as intimidating.
I think that's true for anyone who plays poker - you need to sit down and observe the game before you start throwing your money around. Once you get a feel for the type of players your up against and the house rules and any other specific peculiarities of the game at hand, then it's ok to start playing away. Until then, it can be expensive.