Posted by Dr Fro 11:01 PM
Adam and I have been compiling a list of stupid things people do at the poker table. Some are common. Some are not, but they are things we have actually seen. Here is what we have so far (in no particular order):
Failing to bet/raise with the nuts in last position. This one just kills me. It is rare asituation in poker that a decision is 100% wrong, all of the time.
Calling a bet "just to see what he had" OK, you think this is bad in the base case, but get this....ARH saw a guy be the SECOND CALLER and make this statement. That is terrible.
Saying "You called with THAT" when you bluff and get called by a person holding bottom pair or maybe Ace-High. HELLO...the call was becase they put you on a bluff, not because of "THAT" Somebody (was it Tiffany Michelle?) did this on Tuesday night on ESPN.
Calling trips a set It isn't that stupid, it is just semantics. However, it is evidence that you probably don't read many poker books
Cardrooms that force you to post a blind when you join a table Really? I just waited 45 minutes on a waitlist to sit and play 3 hands for free before I jet when the BB comes around. The rule makes sense online, but who is going to go through all that trouble in a B&M cardroom?
Misapplication of the show-one, show-all rule The rule is intended to disallow showing your hand to one person only, not to disallow showing one card only
Bluffing into a dry side pot Refer to earlier discusssions
A home game that has a no-check-raise rule This is rare, but it is blasphemy
Limits on buy-ins in a NL game This didn't exist 10 years ago. It first existed in online poker. It spread to B&M games post-Moneymaker because it was beneficial to the cardrooms to fleece the sheep rather than skin them. I understand the cardroom's motivation in putting in this paternalistic rule. But why do players and home games support this blasphemy? If you have $132 in your stack, what is the difference between me having $133 or $1,000,000,000,000? None. None. None. The confusion comes from a mentality that is born in tournament poker (which, due to TV, is many people's primary perspective on poker). In a cash game, it doesn't matter. And when Person A does not want Person B and C to buy in for more money, it just means that B and C can't get a juicy side pot going. In the ultimate irony, the side pot just might get B or C to fold, which would help B win the main pot. But we aren't dealing in reality here, just in stupidity rooted in ignorance.
Asking for a new deck
Telling me I didn't have the pot odds to call when you failed to count all of my outs
Calling time on yourself This is so great. The obvious cause of this is the confusion over what saying "time" means. In most sports, it buys you time. In poker, it limits your time. God, I find this one funny.