Maybe HORSE isn’t so easy, after all

I continue to see shockingly bad play in the Stud rotations.  Unfortunately, the great dice game in the sky is currently dictating that I lose to these bad players.  My personal favorite is he guy who started (88)79 in Razz who outdrew me when I started (42)A3.  I’ve run some twodimes analysis on things and I think I’m doing OK, just running a bit bad.  I’ve given back all my winnings and am now down $40 in HORSE.  This gauls me.  I’ll have to play some more.

I’m clearly making some mistakes in Razz, which I hadn’t played before.  I tend to assume that people who open with 8/7 door cards are perfect in the hole and they rarely are.  I’m probably undervaluing smooth draws where I should be raising.  I sometimes lose focus on the dead cards, which I need to concentrate on if I want to be really good.

I still feel like my Stud8 edge is huge.  The play in the rotations is so much worse than in the straight Stud8 games I’ve been playing that it makes me laugh sometimes.  I scooped a huge pot when a wheel on 6th turned into a flush on 7th against two players.  One of them had an 876 low with a pair of Jacks and the other had Aces up with no low.  We banged in multiple bets all the way home.  It was a thing of beauty.  I assumed that the Aces-up guy was full and we were chopping up the third guy’s cash.  The funny thing is that the 876 guy was the one trading raises with me on 7th.  I was showing three to the wheel, so I can’t image how he thought the worse low in poker was going to work out, but he did.

I am completely clueless when the games get shorthanded.  I think most of my losses have come in four or five handed O8.  I might need to start sitting out when it gets four handed, because I really have no idea what to do.  I have been getting more aggro like short-handed hold’em, but I’m not sure that is smart.

By Nsidestrate

I'm a hard-core limit ring game poker player who is becoming a degenerate sports bettor. I'm sure it will all make more sense if you read on.