PZ 54: Local Private Game, Corona Style

Estimated read time 26 min read

I turn to none other than our co-host and production magic man Dean Martin to get the scoop on the Covid pandemic’s effect on the home game/private game scene. Poker has always been in a grey area legally, but with new wrinkles come new opportunities. Dean takes us through all of it, down to competing food offerings. We also get into some live low-stakes strategy. Speaking of, here’s a related Pro Tip: use your fingers and thumb to count to five.

Not everyone stays home, of course; check out this piece on leaving the states for the game.

Dean and I have talked together on the pod several times now, including one of the most popular Poker Zoo conversations wherein I break down how to learn poker in a confusing and misleading industry.

$2/5 game $10 ‘mandatory’ button straddle

4 (460) hero AdJh r45
6 (650) c
folds around
(100) Ah8sTh
4 414 B40
6 605 r135

6 is 25 yr old female that often overplays her hand. AT+, 99+ she would typically 3b pre so I put her on smaller Ax, 22-88, Kx,Qx,Jx straight or heart draws

I think she sees my smallish c bet as weak and this is a good spot to 3b & charge the draws. Thoughts?

Here’s another fun spot

$1/2/5 game 8 handed

5 (600) b20
6 (400) c
8 (800) c
3 (450) hero 57dd already has 5 in so puts in the extra $15

68Tdcs (80)

3 (430) x/r145 Hero mistakenly thinks he’s flopped a straight
5 (580) b35/c
6 f
8 c/f

Ks (370)

Hero realizes that he mis-read his hand. Do you ever bluff shove here to continue the story?


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    Excellent episode. Kris ask questions and patiently listens to responses, as opposed to most interviewers who rudely interrupt. Dean has one of the coolest voices ever, and is a helluva nice guy.

    On another note, Deans knowledge of his opponent in the AJ hand is implicitly encoded so his sub-systems, which are millions of years old, knows how to respond when he hears rustling leaves; fundamentals go out the window.


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