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Old 12-23-2005, 12:15 PM
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Daniel Negreanu starts off his blog today with the following

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There is an old saying that goes, "A good hold'em player makes for a good poker player, while a good stud player makes for a good stud player."


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WFT? Is this true? Has anyone ever heard this "old saying" before, or is DN just an other HE-centric player?

Anyway, I'd be interested in other's opinions.
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:30 PM
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"A good hold'em player makes for a good poker player

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= A good holdem player makes for a good stud player.

No.
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:53 AM
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Here's my rant...I started out learning poker by playing $1/5 stud, and I still play $5/10 or $10/20. I also play hold em'. I do prefer stud though...

1. Let's be honest, stud is not hip/popular/TELEVISED !
No wonder why the average Joe/Jane wants to really play hold em'. They want to play what's hot. And now everybody wants to play NL, just like on TV! It just looks so easy, doesn't it ? Only two cards to worry about...

2. Also, (I'm 32 y/o BTW), the average age of most stud players at an average table is probably 55-60. Most guys/girls in their 20's/30's want to drink/cut-up and gambool. "Pops", is a retired guy who is killing time at the stud table every day for recreation, not really to make money. Needless to say the table atmosphere is not really fun. Hence the term, "rock garden", most raises are met by groans and folds. Sorry if I offend anyone but...stud is seen as an "old man's" game, none of my friends/co-workers will play stud. I'm kind of an eccentric, I guess.

3. Stud is a game about patience, & LIVE CARDS ! Most hold em' palyers who aren't that good would get creamed at a stud table with someone who had a clue. You can't play your AcKd10c when there are a K and 10 on the board already, and
three clubs. Also, stud is slower, fewer hands dealt per hour. If you fold your first three cards, you have to wait longer for the next hand to be dealt than in hold em'.

4. In 1994, I first started playing in AC. There are more stud games in AC than anywhere else by far. At that time the percentage of hold em' to stud games was about 30%-70%.
Now it's 90%-10%. In Vegas it's 99%-1%. Some Vegas casinos don't have stud at all. And if they do, it's the lousy $1/5 spread limit. Most stud players will agree this is the worst form of casino poker out there (Although there used to be $1/3 games in AC). I'll say that $2/4 hold em' is just as boring and unprofitable. But, casinos are under pressure to fill all of these tables/new rooms popping up, and the demand is for low limit/no-limit hold em'. They have to spread what will put fannies in the seats.

Again sorry for the rant, but let's pray stud doesn't disappear totally from casinos. It's a great game, let's not let it die !
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:42 PM
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Well, I don't think you're going to find too many people who agree with that on this forum. I'm mostly a stud and stud/8 player, but I play hold'em and Omaha/8 well enough that I can get the money in good games. I'm playing badugi for the first time right now. I have no idea what I'm doing, but the early returns are pretty good.

On the other hand, I know a lot of very good hold'em players who just got pummeled when stud/8 got hot in my local room a few years ago, and again when Omaha/8 got hot for a while. I actually think that someone is a hold'em player first would be more inclined to specialize than someone who specializes in stud. The hold'em player is always able to find a game. The stud or Omaha player isn't.
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:45 PM
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I've been playing some hold 'em recently and doing quite well. I find these games to be easier. I think hand reading in hold 'em is much easier.
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:24 PM
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Really? I've beaten HE up to 20/40 online for a couple of years now. About a month ago, I just had to take a break from HE, so I've been playing Stud only. I'm just amazed at how much easier hand reading seems in to be in stud. In HE, often times a totally innocuous card comes off, and all of a sudden someone is jamming. In stud, I feel like I always know where I'm at, and that allows me to bet/raise on the end for value much more often than in HE.

Michael
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Old 12-24-2005, 11:06 PM
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Really? I've beaten HE up to 20/40 online for a couple of years now. About a month ago, I just had to take a break from HE, so I've been playing Stud only. I'm just amazed at how much easier hand reading seems in to be in stud. In HE, often times a totally innocuous card comes off, and all of a sudden someone is jamming. In stud, I feel like I always know where I'm at, and that allows me to bet/raise on the end for value much more often than in HE.

Michael

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The players at this level usually always have decent hands or some fairly large draw that missed by 7th. Even with hand reading being more difficult in HE you can usually value bet against people more often since they go to the river lighter. It's tough to get a lot of action without being crushed in tight structured stud games. In holdem there is always some guy who will over defend his blind, call down with middle pair or too weak a kicker, etc. The only time I feel like I'm value betting some fish in stud is when some tight player completes with an obvious big pair in the whole then calls you down when it's obvious you must have an even bigger pair, but this situation comes up in HE often as well. Stud is a way better game when you're playing against really horrible players, but once people start getting better SH holdem is probably the way to go. If stud got more popular I think there could be some great SH stud games if they used a looser structure.
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Old 12-26-2005, 05:38 AM
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It's tough to get a lot of action without being crushed in tight structured stud games. In holdem there is always some guy who will over defend his blind, call down with middle pair or too weak a kicker, etc.


The only time I feel like I'm value betting some fish in stud is when some tight player completes with an obvious big pair in the whole then calls you down when it's obvious you must have an even bigger pair, but this situation comes up in HE often as well. Stud is a way better game when you're playing against really horrible players, but once people start getting better SH holdem is probably the way to go. If stud got more popular I think there could be some great SH stud games if they used a looser structure.

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Party Poker is, I think corrupting your thinking. Real stud games in casino's are loosly structured. Shorthanded stud is far better than short handed hold'em since you have more information to work with.

In hold'em you often have to sink into default mode because you have no clue what the other person has. In stud you usually have a clue and can make more intelligent decisions.

A pound pound pound player will be toast in short handed stud game. But he'll be a big winner in short handed hold'em games.
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Old 12-28-2005, 11:28 PM
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A pound pound pound player will be toast in short handed stud game. But he'll be a big winner in short handed hold'em games.

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If the ante is high enough pounding is the way to go in any short handed game, especially the rock garden of high/mid limit stud...I just spent 4 days in Vegas pounding away in the 50-100 through 100-200 SH stud games to good effect.

-Carlos
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Old 12-26-2005, 05:26 AM
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I've been playing some hold 'em recently and doing quite well. I find these games to be easier. I think hand reading in hold 'em is much easier.

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Bah, I can't stand hold'em. How can you put people on hand? Hold'em (especially short handed) always seems like people running around with sharp knives in the dark hunting for a wumpus.

At least in stud you have the boards to go on, and in Omaha, it's quite easy to read hands since there should only be a few combinations in contention on any given flop.
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