Dag, don't get me wrong, I like gambleing in person, as long as it is as entertainment. I go down to Foxwoods Casino, or more often to Mohegan Sun, and I will drop a few coins in a machine or once and a while sit at a table. I don't bring much money with me because that way I don't have to worry about it, I just bring enough money with me to have some fun.
It is called disposable income... I usually only spend about $40 total, for me and my wife. We would spend almost that much going to dinner and a movie, probably more than that.
I also shoot pool, and play in tournaments for cash. I don't usually like betting one on one, it leads to bad feelings, but sometimes if someone pisses me off I make an exception.
But I doubt I will EVER play for money on-line, the risks are too high. Both the risks of theft or scheating, and the personal risks of betting money I need for other things.
As long as it is a hobby, and one I do rarely, it isn't a problem....adn I would like to keep it that way.
I'm on it, haven't played in a while, and never played for money online (made 35 bucks in 4 hours off friends playing pot-limit hold-em last week...). I've also lost 80 bucks at Foxwoods playing 2-4 limit Hold-Em.
I think pot-limit is my game, it plays to my intuitions better, without worrying about losing a lot quickly. Maybe I'll log on some time latter (after 10pm) tonight.
I like playing small change poker with my dad's family. Two or three dollars in nickels and dimes will give you hours of entertainment and maybe an extra dollar or two. We play draw, stud, Texas Holdem, and 5/7-card no-peek (which is my favorite because I somehow manage to always win).
I am home sick today, so I thought I would play a bit.
I lost 1.5 million in 2 hours.
THAT is why I don't play for real money...
I didn't even do anything wrong...the guy who was beating me kept beating me by one card as a kicker (i'd have 2 pair, and he would ahve the same pair, but his kicker would beat mine my one), and he took most of that money.
Oh well, at leat I can still pay my rent on the 15th...lol..
MPH, I suggest that Yatzy is even more boring than poker. Or, of course, there's the game where one player rolls a die, and the other player also rolls a die. And the highest roll wins. Which is a reasonable description of Yatzy, give or take a few bells and whistles.
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I just play on the very low stakes tables (.50/1.00). I don't like playing on the play money tables since people don't play the same when money is not involved. This way I can play real poker, but not risk much on any one hand.
I have found them to be trustworthy, I have withdrawn money from my account in the past and it worked fine. I actually don't have any money that I put in left in my account there...it is all stuff I have won. Though, I don't keep much in there just in case. Generally 25-75 bucks.
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I play on pokerroom.com for play money, but I think I'm going to switch to partypoker. The only time I play for real money is with friends, and it's only $5 entrance fee and winner-takes-all. And I have a net gain of $15 from those games
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I played a bit of party poker over the summer. Managed to lose $50 in about an hour(no worries though, my real life poker winnings over the summer more than made up for that). I had some crazy hands when playing for play money, here's some screenshots:
I've started to do a little Hold'em to make a bit of cash on the side, for anyone that wants to play with real money but doesn't want to put the money in instantbankroll.com give you $75 to play, and if you play 500 raked hands (pots over $5) within a month you get another $25, play another 500 and you can withdrawl. Likelyhood is someone won't get that much, but it's worth trying, and fun...no catch. Everybody says that there's spyware in partypoker software, and i've only found one little thing that is very easy to remove.
For people that are really interested in playing for some sort of money, the three books that small time professional players will recommend are:
Winning Low-Limit Hold'em - Lee Jones (ISBN: 1886070156)
No-Limit Texas Hold`Em - Tom McEvoy (ISBN: 1580421482)
Small Stakes Hold `em - Ed Miller, David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth (ISBN: 1880685329)
If you're not actually willing to get that deep into it, then Doyle Brunson's Super System (ISBN: 1580420818) is a good book, btw if you're wanting to buy all those books, the best price you can get is at Overstock.com (gee, I wonder if someone's done his homework). My friend's brother is actually paying for his health insurance, apartment, and all living costs off of poker winnings on partypoker. Enjoy!