I honestly can’t remember when I first heard about Texas Hold 'Em, but it was certainly long after its introduction – I’m (dare I say it)…well, older than 29 and younger than 31. Anyway, back before me and my friends all knew (and bragged about how early we got into, just like with anything) Hold 'Em, we mostly played what I assumed to be the “classic” Poker variants, namely Five Card Draw (include any major draw-Poker game), and Seven Card Stud (similarly, along with other variants of stud). Draw-Poker was always vastly more popular than Stud, although it would occur to me years later than Stud was actually the superior game, in terms of presenting a “winnable”, strategic game.
But I digress.
I love Hold 'Em, but I’ve noticed something – to play even halfway decently (and I make no claims to any such lofty status ), you find that you’re basically required to sit out…I dunno, 9/10 hands? I think thats fairly close.
Basically, if you’re at a table with ten players, and bluffing isn’t much of a factor (and since I play low-limit, bluffing is rarely a factor), the basics of strategy demand that you fold most hands dealt.
And, dare I say it? This really kinda sucks. Sure, its fun to watch people waste money on crap, and you can smugly note that at least you didn’t LOSE anything (besides a blind or a half) during that hand – but let’s face it: anyone who knows basic poker strategy has to deal with the fact that you’re forced to sit out most hands – and, frankly, that’s both boring, and an awful temptation to play bad Poker.
Here’s my question – and I admit, I’ve thought about this on a casual basis for a couple of years, without coming up with a decent answer: is there any possible set-of-rules (of Poker) in which an average player can play more hands – heck, let’s say you can play every OTHER hand, 50%, instead of 10% of hands – and still be sticking to a realistic strategy?
Or, to put it another way: is there a way to make Texas Hold 'Em less effing boring? I truly both love and hate the game, and this is why: the waiting. I’ll get that suited 8-9, and think, “dammit! i know the odds say I shouldn’t play this, but…I wanna play!”.
If you come up with this one – well, you’ve got my word as a gentleman and a Poker player that I won’t bite your idea without due credit. If you’ve got a wonderful idea, but truly feel its too valuable to state publically…I’ll understand, but might I ask that you at least note that there is a better way? In other words, a Poker variant that allows you to play far more hands than you can play during Hold 'Em?
I’m trying to think of even a rudimentary idea to toss out here…hmm…ooh! My half-arsed suggestion: same rules as standard Hold 'Em, but if a player’s two hole cards are of the same suit as the middle card on the Flop…aww, no, that skews it. Damn. I got nothing!