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So, how do you play poker anyways?

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I've always regarded poker as simply being a game of luck and bluffing. I'm aware that there are poker masters in the world, people who find DEPTH in the game and regard it as a sport. I just don't see it. Care to enlighten me?

Here is how every game of poker has ever gone for me, in real life, in video games, and on those little handheld electronic poker games:

- Do I have doubles, or better, of 10's, face cards, aces?
- Yes? Save them, discard everything else.
- Hope for three-of-kind, full house, or a four-of-a-kind!
- Most always, a pair of queens is the best that I can muster.

That or if I have multiple face cards of the same suit, I discard and hope for a Royal Flush... that never happens. But hey, the great thing about video games is saving before a casino game, BETTING EVERYTHING, and simply loading my last save if things don't go my way. Always works in Dragon Quest games.

I pre-purchased this game months ago when it first popped up on Steam simply for all the inevitably great dialogue between Heavy, Max, and Strong Bad. The TF2 items are simply icing on the cake for me. I'll gladly accept the second Lugermorph that I'll be getting :)
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  • You can always ask Tycho himself to teach you how to play. ;)
  • Poker is ALL about the bluffing and being lucky. LOL.
  • fred1712;400630 said:
    Poker is ALL about the bluffing and being lucky. LOL.
    Cant really bluff when you are a silent game character with no expressions then huh.
  • Gman5852;400681 said:
    Cant really bluff when you are a silent game character with no expressions then huh.
    Yes, but if you are observant, you may be able to tell when THEY are bluffing.
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    Gman5852;400681 said:
    Cant really bluff when you are a silent game character with no expressions then huh.
    *all in on a pair of fours*

    I consider that a bluff. Not a GOOD bluff, but still a bluff.
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    Gman5852;400681 said:
    Cant really bluff when you are a silent game character with no expressions then huh.
    That's not remotely the case. Do you bluff in online poker via text chat or something? "Not trying to make my flush or anything here, but I hope you think it looks like I am. LOL just kidding I have a pair of threes. *Confidently staring you down, though!*" Nope! But you can still bluff, in how you play. Every action you take in a hand can have meaning.
  • Jub;400709 said:
    *all in on a pair of fours*

    I consider that a bluff. Not a GOOD bluff, but still a bluff.
    That can actually be an extremely good bluff. It all depends on why you went all-in with a pair of fours.

    Things like facial expressions have little to do with bluffing, really. Yes, sometimes you give away your hand via gestures and expressions, but this is not nearly as big a part of the game as some would have you think, and it doesn't apply to online play at all.

    Suppose you have a two pair and you think you have the best hand. But the last card comes down and could give your opponent a flush. You bet the size of the pot... and he shoves all his chips in. You sweat. "Did he hit the flush? Or is he putting one over on me?" That is what bluffing is all about.

    Now imagine that he does this bluff every time. You wise up to this and you can make a tidy profit by always calling in this situation. Suddenly he notices that you always call and instead goes to the other extreme and never bluffs in this situation. Now whenever he hits his flush, he'll make a bunch of money because you'll call! But you notice he never bluffs and you can safely fold every time. But now he notices you fold every time, so he decides to bluff, but only sometimes... welcome to the subtleties of poker!
  • Prince George has the best way of playing cards. :D
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