I’ve gotten fairly good at Texas Hold ‘Em, I think. I’ve accumulated $30,000 in play money online. You start with $1000, so that’s pretty good. Everything’s skewed because it’s play money but yeah, I’m learning a lot.

As the wise Kenny Rogers says, you have to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Knowing when to hold ’em is relatively easy. It’s knowing when to fold ’em that’s the interesting part, and something the best players all know well. Also, the best players realize that the point is to extract the most from others when you have a good hand, and minimize your losses when you don’t. That sounds basic, but a lot of people don’t seem to realize this.

Like, lots of players take risks that are way out of line with the potential payoff. Like they’ll go all-in before the flop. That makes no sense. If you have a bad hand, you’re risking like thousands of points for a potential gain of like fifty. That’s not a good risk/reward ratio. If you have a good hand, you’re scaring people away and minimizing the amount you get from your good hand. Also stupid. So either way, it’s generally a bad play.

So yeah, the size of the pot is an important factor I think. I dunno, I still make sucky moves though. I’ve slowly reduced the number of times I make those stupid emotional moves but I still do it, and that holds me back.

Boring.