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Poker player 1: How did you do last night?
Poker player 2: I was in the best 30-60 I have ever seen. Every pot was Capped. Nine way on the turn. Three guys played every hand to the river. It was amazing. They had a list a mile long to get in. It was great.
Poker player 1: How much did you lose?
It’ s an old Las Vegas story, one told hundreds of times. And its true. Many lessons can be learned from it. How do you beat a wild and crazy game? Don’t even try. Instead, look around for one that is more controllable. That is, one that you can control. One where your fellow players fear you and give you respect. You need to be feared.
It’s a controversial issue. I’ve never done well in a wild game. I can’t beat the drunk at the table, nor the newbie, nor the stud player playing hold ’em for the first time. There are reasons for this and most of them funny. One incident involved a ‘new’ form of poker.
From the state of Washington, a woman named Gwen brought a new poker game to Vegas called Omaha. It became all the rage. First, it started out at 10-20. But so many people busted out, they dropped it to 2-4 where it became a staple for several years. I can still hear Doug Dalton calling out “there’s a seat open in 10-20, and for those of you who want to play higher we have a 2-4 Omaha game.”
Where do busted out hold ’em players go? To play Omaha. Now they play eight or better, stud or Omaha.
So there I was, sitting in an Omaha game in ’82 trying to get it. People told me, “It’s the game of the future. Look at all that dead money!”
I had my doubts. I didn’t like it because there was no bluffing, no moves. It was strictly showdown UFA poker. Anyway, there was one guy that the deck was …