Posted by Junelli 11:06 AM
In case you're interested, the games at Northside have been incredibly soft lately. If you haven't been, you're missing out. It's popularity is surging as a result of the poker craze and the friendly atmosphere, and there are new fish almost every night.
Apparently the word has caught on with young college students at Rice, and there are always several players who are 18-21. Most of them are relatively new to live poker and don't have the bankroll to handle the swings. They'll buy in to a $1-$2 or $2-$5 game for $100 (mistake #1), and then short-buy for $75 if they get busted (mistake #2). I'm amazed at the new players coming in. Nearly every night there are 1-2 new people who've never been there before.
The action is slower (less raising pre-flop and/or with the nuts), but most of them are smart enough to fold when they're supposed to. As a result the game is tight/passive most of the time. Bluffing is much easier, and they're very predictable so it's easy to lay down a hand to a raise.
They play $1-$2 pot limit nearly every night (I usually buy in for $300), but Wednesday & Thursday the blinds go up to $2-$5.