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By: Manny Tikoy @ 12:44 (EDT) / 191 / Comment ( 0 )

I didn’t know poker until I saw it on a TV program some 4 years ago. All I know is it is some sort of a card game but it didn’t interest me until I saw another program featuring an NHLE tournament  with the top prize worth millions of dollars. It occurred to me that this card game must be really serious and skill-bound that top finishers are awarded with large amounts of money. So I looked it up in the internet and all the rules, strategies, bankroll management, poker videos, blogs , etc. came up. With all these I made an assumption: ALL POKER HANDS CAN BE PLAYED. I wanted to state it in the null form but after watching suited 3-4 and 7-2 off-suit win at showdown several times, I decide to use the alternative.  Maybe it is all there is to it.


As I continue to gain experience from playing play chips online, I have concluded: ALL POKER HANDS CAN BE PLAYED. If we are to look at poker game holistically, most of us agree that winning the pot is multifactorial. What are hand selections, position, tell reading, table image, etc. if not complimentary elements in order to achieve one goal which is hustling chips? A catch: trash hands can win big pots sometimes and it is also considered hustling chips. I am not that good with calculation and I am aware that the probability of a 7-2 off-suit to win against pocket AA or any other hand is low, however low it maybe, IT IS NOT ZERO!

I know I am about to get burned with what I wrote but before anyone would do that, I would say I started playing as tight-aggressive with premium hands and decent positions, in tourneys, SnG’s, ring game,  and my play chip account went up to 20 million+. I am not bragging about the amount because I know someone else somewhere have more (and it's play chips!). Then I got bored and started to play loose-aggressive/maniac/calling machine. Basically I would play any hand regardless of position, table dynamics, etc. and if they allow the joker cards to be played while dead-drunk lying in a pool of vomit? I’ll do it. In short, I brought back my play chips account to nothing.

Let’s get back to burning me. With the experience I’ve shared, I still strongly insist that ALL POKER HANDS CAN BE PLAYED! If the goal is just for the sake of playing! Validating and qualifying the goal in terms of profitability changes everything. Now I say: NOT ALL POKER HANDS CAN BE PLAYED PROFITABLY. So I hope I would be pardoned. It took me several years to seed this idea into my mind, the same reason why it is only recently that I transitioned from play chips to real money. A typical human behavior - always wanted to learn from experience. My advice to my fellow poker enthusiast-beginners: let us save time, money and energy by learning from those who have longer and deeper experiences of the game. I like poker and deep in my brain’s frontal lobe, I know you do too but LET”S PLAY PROFITABLE POKER.

Best of luck to all.

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