The Poker Craze (Texas Hold'em)

Discussion in 'Community' started by arn, Mar 9, 2004.

  1. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    So, Poker (specifically Texas Hold'em) is really becoming popular. I think two things sort of sparked the recent interest.

    World Poker Tour is a new tv series that televises high-stakes poker tournaments around the world. It's just starting its second season.

    Also, the 2003 World Series of Poker was widely televised last year... and a relative amateur won it all.

    I personally got into it with some friends when we went to Las Vegas on a recent trip (Jan). Anyone else playing?

    Rules: How to Play Texas Holdem Poker (Rules)

  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I've been involved in a regular low-stakes poker game for years. Because of the World Series and other televised poker, we've started playing a version of hold 'em appropriate for cheapskates like us. Instead of a "no-limit" game, you simply agree on the maximum stakes for each player in advance of each hand. For example, in our game, you can bid anything up to $5, at any time during a hand (compared to our usual $1 maximum raise). But after you're in for $5, that's it--that's your stake for that round. You still get the drama of "all in," but you don't go broke if you lose. By the end of the night (after a few beers), we might bump that amount to $10 or so--a little more "dangerous," but still pretty low stakes.
  3. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Hold 'Em's the game of choice when my friends and I have poker night...
  4. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    yeah but only with friends considering im only 15 and im broke the averagepot is like 5 bucks
  5. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    I started playing about 3 or four years ago, in high school, we'd buy in 20 bucks and play with 50 cent chips...freshman year of college, i got a bunch of people here interested in playing hold 'em, with a 10 dollar buy-in, and this year i brought up my card table and things have gotten out of control, where some of my friends are playing 5 or 6 times a week, buying in anywhere from 5 to 15 dollars playing no limit hold 'em. we also played in a few frat hold 'em tournaments, with the final table of 8 having 4 people from my house represented at it, and walking away with 3/4 of the pot money.

    so yeah, we play a bit. :p
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    me and my mates played a lot last year... but we've picked up a new hobby so we hardly play poker anymore. we now play japanese mahjong.

    the problem with our poker games was that most of us played too straight up. it got a bit predictable...
  7. mmmbop macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2003
    I play every month or so with about eight friends. £10 in, winner takes the pot. Some other friends of mine have started a twice yearly tournament.

    There's nothing like being in the last two in the game then walking off with the cash. But I'm not the luckiest player, and I can't shuffle for toffee.

    Will a poker room be coming to! :p
  8. arn thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    heh... maybe we can gamble with our post counts

  9. sosumi macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2003
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Mac client?

    I haven't found any poker site that supports Macs. I've been trying Party Poker, Empire Poker,Multi Poker etc. But all of them are PC-only and requires you to download a client exe-file.
  10. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    I've dabbled in a bit of friendly poker with pals and suite-mates. We have a 4 cent a chip buy in, so we're talking big money here. I always lose. Always. I've realized that this is because I try to do well only with good hands, which is probably not a wise strategy. I haven't played in months, but I might try modifying my game if I get back into it.
  11. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    hold 'em is a great game. i play pretty regularly with some neighbors...not big stakes...just a 20$ buy-in.

    my father was a big gambler...i thought every kid learned to play poker, black jack and shoot craps before the age of 8...
  12. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Hehe I play with my friend.

    Nothing too high.

    A couple million aint much in Great Neck.

    Pennies you idiot!


    I'm no good tho. :p ;)
  13. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Oh GOD how I love poker. I have been playing daily for like 2 months now. After school, we play at my friends house. On weekends, we drive to an 18+ casino and play at the tables (yes, im 15, but most people in there look 12).

    I have won 140$ in Hold Em at the casino, and 80 in blackjack. We have poker night at this guys house every wednesday and about 20 people show up. Its great. We have 4 tables with 5 per table, and the winners all play one game for it all.

    Today I played and I got 2 fullhouses in a row, it was sweet. I believe they were 5s over 7s, and Ks over 9s.

    I think im going to buy a set of real nice chips on eBay. The 10.5g (or is it 11.5) chips. They sell for like 80$ for a nice set.

    Poker is so fun. I can play it all day (if i have enough money).

    Whats the best hand you've ever had? I think mine was a 4 of a kind (7s)

    I was VERY close to a royal flush once. I had A, J, suited, and a K, 10, and some other card came out (the K, 10 were suited with the A, J). The Q never came up, but thats as close as I have gotten.
  14. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    A good poker website is

    I read a poker book, and I am an aggressive maniac player. I play good bluffs, but usually never back down. I bet the same with all hands until after the river. We should have a macrumors game on

    my name is jcarian.
  15. MrSugar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003

    me and some buds play frequently, they bought a bunch of chips off ebay that are really nice for about $100, and we have a nice table setup too. It's good fun, about a $5 buy in for a night of fun, great times.

    I agree the World Series is getting bigger every year, I am glad too, poker is a great game.
  16. Krizoitz macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
    I got interested a few years back after watching the movie "Rounders"

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