Sunday, September 28, 2008

Better Poker through Rochambeau

Many people are introduced to poker through playing other games. According to the bios of the World Series players, such gateway games include backgammon, chess, and other card games like bridge. It is a nature progression in that all of those games include an element of luck and an element of skill. I offer one more game that is good practice for honing your poker skills--rochambeau, aka Rock Paper Scissors.

Why RPS? It is perfect in its simplicity. I hate the fact that people use Rock Paper Scissors to decide who rides shotgun or who will be the DD for the night. It reduces it to the equivalent of drawing straws. It's not. If you know your opponent, it has no element of luck at all. For my money, Rock Paper Scissors is the best exercise there is in reading you opponent.

To know when the player across from you is sitting on aces or has completed his flush, first know when he will throw scissor. Is he the type of man who would open with rock? Is he capable of following up two papers in a row with another paper? It sounds crazy, but the more you can read people in other games and in life in general, the more successful you will be in poker...and, actually, life in general.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Welcome to the new!

Hell's Cold Day is quickly approaching our first year anniversary and I figured we were all overdue for a face lift. Please leave your feedback in the comments, I want to be able to customize this site to best serve you the happy shiny poker person.

We will now return to our regular posting schedule!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Poker Camaraderie

In one of my first posts I referred to you all as "happy, shiny poker people." I'd like to put some emphasis on that. Don't be "grumpy, narcissistic poker curmudgeons." Firstly, people won't want to play with you; secondly, the phrase doesn't roll of the tongue.

I've played against my share of rude and obscene opponents, and there is no call for it. In the digital arena,  they hide behind their avatar, saying things they would never utter in person. After all, no one gets their butts kicked in an on-line flame war, but I think this is a symptom of a larger problem.

Poker isn't perceived as a fair game, even when there is no cheating. The poker gods giveth and taketh away on the river far too often. If you can't come to terms with that, you shouldn't play. "He who curses out the chaser doesn't put the chaser on tilt, he puts himself on tilt. And so goes the remainder of his chip stack." --Confusious.