This blog is presented as a narrative story featuring the alliterating alphabetical cast below. You've played with people just like them; maybe you resemble one or two of them closely yourself. If you are already an intermediate or better player, please bear with the first few posts as the basics of the game are explained. Each post will be categorized and tagged with an appropriate skill level (from "skillBeginner" to "skillExpert" or "skillAny"), so you can read just those that interest you.
I was going to complete my grand theft of Mollo's work by naming this blog "Poker in the Menagerie" but settled on the simple "Hold 'Em at Home" because nobody knows what a menagerie is anymore (no, it doesn't have anything to do with sex ;-)).
An irregular but supposedly monthly Hold 'Em cash game with even smaller stakes (only a $10 buy-in and nickel and dime blinds) brings together four to eight players for a more social game. The play is a little sloppier and slower.
Another monthly tournament takes place in a pub in a small city, but due to schedule conflicts and the location, few of the main characters ever play here, and only one regularly. This is a 12- to 24-player freeroll with a very small prize for the top one to three places. An under-the-table last longer bet is the bigger action, but only about half of the players usually participate. A Hold 'Em-only side game usually gets started as soon as a table is available.
|Carlos the Crazy||[CC]||a maniac who likes to bet, bet, and bet some more; has suggested adding wild cards to the game several times|
|Elias the Eagle||[EE]||the best player in the game who usually knows what you have but truly wants everyone to get better at the game|
|Figaro the Fish||[FF]||a weak player who's not new to the game but never seems to get any better|
|Harriet the Hazy||[HH]||a lucky player who likes to bluff and do the unexpected|
|Joey the Juvenile||[JJ]||a young, impatient player who's the son of Benny the Book|
|Kieran the Keeper||[KK]||the pub's bartender, an intermediate player who's often called away to attend to his job duties|
|Leroy the Lion||[LL]||a very good player who can always figure out the best play after the hand has ended|
|Roderick the Rock||[RR]||a tight, solid player who usually runs deep in tournaments and is a stickler for the rules|
|Stan the Stat||[SS]||a numbers guy who always knows the odds and has a passion for sports betting and fantasy sports|
|Tyrone the Telephone||[TT]||a calling station who likes to see flops, turns, and rivers and always speaks in rhyme|
|Vincent the Veteran||[VV]||the group's senior statesman who prefers old-school games like seven-card stud|
|Yuri the Young Gun||[YY]||an online-poker prodigy who's quickly adapting to the live game|
|Al the Almost||[AA]||a good player who knows all the moves but tends to apply them at the wrong times|
|Benny the Book||[BB]||an ABC player who never gets out of line and thus can be read like a book|
|Deb the Duchess||[DD]||a strong player nicknamed for the resemblance of her play, not personality, to a certain "The Apprentice" runner-up|
|Gloria the Gorgeous||[GG]||an intermediate player who knows how to charm information out of you|
|Iggy the Improver||[II]||an intermediate player whose style matches whatever book he's currently reading|
|Mildred the Mouse||[MM]||a very timid player who can easily be pushed off of hands and is more like to call than raise|
|Nate the Natural||[NN]||a good player who's good at everything he does and often suggests obscure variants during the side games|
|Oliver the Overanxious||[OO]||an intermediate player who's incapable of hiding his physical tells|
|Patrick the Pickled||[PP]||a very loose player who's pretty uninhibited even when sober|
|Quincy the Quick||[QQ]||a good player who plays too fast for his own good and would rather be playing online|
|Umberto the Unlucky||[UU]||a good but unfortunate player who always seems to get sucked out on|
|William the Whale||[WW]||a wealthy businessman who always wants to play for bigger stakes and thus likes to straddle when possible|
|Xavier the Xenophobe||[XX]||a weak, tight player, who's afraid of everything and thinks all online games are rigged|
|Zane the Zany||[ZZ]||Harriet the Hazy's male counterpart, except that he isn't nearly as fortunate|