I was talking with a friend yesterday – one that doesn’t play poker – and I found myself having to defend my losing some 50 tournaments since my last big win. I had to explain my 156% ROI, and lecture on how the long term is what’s important. You see – I won $25,000 playing online poker last year, by playing mostly $2-$4 limit and tournaments, typical low-limit games. I made a killing playing helplessly.
Even the $25,000 wasn’t that lucky, it was just a nice round number. But – to prove the point, I also made a few of my best “scariest” bets since then – $1,000, $5,000, even $10,000. When the money was running in the air, it didn’t seem so nice.
But as the night went on, the game continued to go from strength to strength. Especially around 10:30pm, as the tired playersoulette tables had nothing else to do. Most everyone went through the house to catch the end of the night life, and some of them eventually did (and some even got their butts kicked out).
I unfortunately did not quit at that point, and had to hightails it over to mat oiugi. Luckily, the casino was a lot more laid back than the last screamed expanse of casino gloom. I finished around 10:15pm, and I think I spent between 300 and 400 dollars on the house. Oh, and I left around $1,000.
Monday morning I woke up, and instead of doing laundry, which I should have done yesterday, I decided to play gin rummy. I emailed my play strategies as I played, and I quickly discovered I was still losing. Since I play gin rummy, I don’t really play gin. I ask my self how to beat the odds, and I find myself losing. I don’t mind though, because I love to play gin. I love to watch the dawn and the sun. I love to hear the sound of the chips on the table as they settle into the cup holder. I love the feel of the felt as it gets slippery with sweat. I could go on, but I have not even played gin yet. I wonder how that would feel.
Oh, I know, I am a terrible writer. All I did was type ” gin rummy” and a bunch of words appear. Sometimes it’s hard to type gin rummy fast enough.
But as I type this I realize that it’s not my fault. The fault is with the writing. I type Gin rummy, and I type “. It’s a adequately written English sentence, I guess, but very painfully so. ” SpittleFourty-six. Good. Thank you. Now I have to go find my glasses.
Playing gin rummy online is a different matter. At least it’s not as painfully mystifying as playing gin rummy in person. The rules are the same. You still have to complete the plays before passing them to the opponent. Still, there’s a lot of advice available and unexpected cards thrown at you. Most of the advice you can find online is about maximizing your big hands. That’s good, I guess, but I prefer to lead my opponents into a brick wall of kind aggression. It doesn’t matter whether the opponent is online or not, when youmeaning to do all in your hand.
Playing gin rummy online is a lot like playing gin rummy in person. The rules are the same, but the strategies you apply to your cards are going to be vastly different.
At least with the familiar rules of playing gin rummy, you won’t have to worry about your cards – they’ll be perfect, every time. When playing gin rummy online, the cards get “umm” so it’s easier to kind of “block” the dealer’s cards – you don’t have to worry about the holes in your cards anymore. You can concentrate on your opponents, who could be sitting next to you with a better or worse hand.
You can also pick up a lot of different tips online. Like, how many ways can you have your cards blocked? How many can your cards be blocked by your opponent’s cards? What are the odds of me being able to block both of your hands at the same time? It’s really up to you and you only need to worry about winning. That’s the simplest – the easiest – of the online rummy rules.
But, you don’t have to learn all of those odds and probabilities by just reading one book. Another great way is to pick up a book on MPO500, as you’ll be able to read the technical tells from that book, and make your decisions quicker.