odiousgambit
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December 14th, 2013 at 8:46:41 AM permalink
I'm pretty sure I was either a barely-teen or, just as likely, pre-teen. I've never played as much as I want to, this is true even now.
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Beardgoat
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December 14th, 2013 at 9:07:20 AM permalink
I vaguely knew hand ranks like dj was saying... 1 pair, 2 pair, etc... But I had no idea how to actually play teaxs hold em until I was 19. In around may 2002, in arizona, I had hit a $10k slot jackpot as a high school senior at the local tribal casino. For the next few months I'd gamble more with friends but I always lost. I got sick of losing all the time so I decided to go play THE. Sat down with $60 bucks and won that session. Dealer had to remind me about the rules often, but after about 2 rounds I picked it up. I kept winning with no real strategy other than always play the hand if I had a face card. Q-2 off suit? Play it. I did alright for myself, but then Arizona changed the gambling laws to 21 and over to play. The people who had been already 18 and gambling before we're not grandfathered in. so that ended that.

Probably like 4 or 5 months later I started watching poker on espn and figured out I could play party poker. Almost all of my friends were playing online now too. I didn't do so well for myself this time around. No fanancial ruin story here but I definitely lost a couple thousand. Between party poker and full tilt over the next 3 years

I decided to uninstall Full tilt in like 2006 after I hadn't played it in months. I checked my balance and had $2. I joined a multi person $1 tournament and took 2nd. Paid like $80. I started playing .25/.50 nl and ran it up to $400 in 2 days. I ended up transferring the money to another friend for cash so I didn't have to deal with cashing out through the site. I don't think I ever played again after that and haven't played online in at least 6 years

Now if I feel like playing I just go to Casino Arizona talking stick who has a great room.
FleaStiff
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December 14th, 2013 at 9:20:55 AM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

Here is a general question for everyone. How old were you when you learned to play poker? And what version did you learn to play first?

Never learned at all. Did learn how to do the bidding at Bridge but I only played Dummy. That was probably age 8 0r 9.

Have exact opposite of poker face, so I'd be no good at it anyway.
tringlomane
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December 14th, 2013 at 9:33:23 AM permalink
Never played in a game until after the moneymaker boom. First time playing other people was with grad students at Illinois. I got hooked quick. 7 years later i would be a supernova on pokerstars when black Friday hit. I am up a bit overall, but nothing worth talking about.

What's annoying is that i fell in love with lowball games in my online days. No one really plays those anymore. Most people my age think that poker is only Texas holdem.
DRich
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December 14th, 2013 at 10:48:56 AM permalink
I would guess I was 10-12. By 15 I was playing in a regular weekly game with friends and some of their parents. 5 card draw was the main game but we also played 7-stud and the carnival games (baseball, night baseball, indian, between the sheets, etc)
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Mission146
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December 14th, 2013 at 3:43:25 PM permalink
Six years old, five-card draw, deuces wild, my father taught me.
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EdCollins
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December 14th, 2013 at 5:05:46 PM permalink
Quote: DRich

I would guess I was 10-12. By 15 I was playing in a regular weekly game with friends and some of their parents. 5 card draw was the main game but we also played 7-stud and the carnival games (baseball, night baseball, indian, between the sheets, etc)

This answer could have come from me as well.
beachbumbabs
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December 14th, 2013 at 6:03:18 PM permalink
Blackjack at about 5 or 6, draw poker around 8 (my mother always dealt one-eyed jacks and deuces wild), 7 card stud a little later. Started playing canasta with Grandma at about 5, cribbage with Grandpa or Dad around 7, war/gofish/crazy8's/casino (look it up in Hoyle) with bro's and sis around that time too. Didn't really have a family poker night until our 20's. Family played a lot of s*&t on your neighbor (what's now called Uno), whist, and pinochle, all elementary/junior high age.

By the way, did anyone else have a house rule that you could only draw 3, except four with a bullet (and you had to expose it)?

What is the perfect low in your lowball party poker games, 6-4 or 5-4? Just curious; running family discussion even now.
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EdCollins
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December 14th, 2013 at 6:11:10 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

By the way, did anyone else have a house rule that you could only draw 3, except four with a bullet (and you had to expose it)? What is the perfect low in your lowball party poker games, 6-4 or 5-4? Just curious; running family discussion even now.



Not us. My friends and I always allowed any player to draw as many as five cards, if they wanted.

We almost always played lowball with the wheel (A-5) being the best low hand. Oh sure, now and then someone would get cute and announce that for this next hand straights and flushes hurt you, meaning 6-4 was now best, but that was rare.
Mission146
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:09:02 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs



By the way, did anyone else have a house rule that you could only draw 3, except four with a bullet (and you had to expose it)?

What is the perfect low in your lowball party poker games, 6-4 or 5-4? Just curious; running family discussion even now.



That's correct, three cards unless you had an Ace (or Wild) and wanted to show it, then you could draw four or five.

6-4 was our lowball hand, A-5 is still a Wheel straight.

Best Low-Ball Bluff Ever

Three friends and I were playing Five-Card Draw Lowball in college, and I had the misfortune of being dealt 4-4-4-4-K, so the, "Best," I could do was keep the King-Four then a Pair. Instead, I decided just to toss the King and it was replaced with a seven. I was the last to act and the first two to act folded:

Player Three: $5.00 if you want to see my hand.

Mission146: $127.

Player Three: You can't do that!!! You don't even have that much in front of you!

Mission146: (Reaching for wallet) Let's see, I've got $22 in chips, there's a C-Note, there's a five, okay that's $127 in front of me, are you happy now?

Player Three: You can't bet more than you have in chips!!!

Mission146: Who made that rule? Why did nobody tell me the rules? Just because nobody has done it doesn't mean I can't do it. I tell you what I am going to do, I'm going to let you have the chance to make an informed decision, I'm going to turn over this 7 I drew and tell you that it's going to take A-2-3-4-6 to beat me, nothing else will do, A-2-3-4-7 to chop the pot, your move.

Player Three: Forget that, I fold, from now on Maximum Buy-in is $25 and you can't bet more than you have in chips.

Mission146: I have a bet for you, Even Money, if you blindly pull a card out of my hand it will be a four.

Player Three: How much?

Mission146: Ten bucks.

Player Three: Three cards are not a four.

Mission146: I suppose three cards are not a four if I held A-2-3-4, that's very true.

Player Three: It's a bet. Son of a bitch, a four!

Mission146: I bet if you blindly pull out another card, it will be a four, I'll lay $1,000,000 against your three cents.

Player Three: You bastard!!!

Mission146: Nah, they got married just in time.

***Of course, I didn't take the $10 on the pull out a four bet. I definitely raked that pot home, though. I don't care what anyone says, only four-of-a-kind I have been initially dealt with live cards, and I absolutely was not going to fold it!
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