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Back to basics

My girlfriend visited me recently and loves watching me play poker online (don’t ask me why, but I don’t complain). During her last visit she asked me if she could have a go because she’d been watching me for so long and thought she had picked up the basics. I gave her $2 split between two tables of $0.02/$0.04 limit holdem and she played for 2 hours! She came out right about even, not bad for a beginner.

She was hooked, and what came next? The inevitable jump in limits. She decided to take on the $0.05/$0.10 game and was doing really well and making impressive lay downs. She would fold AK after a queen high flop, folding pocket 77 on a board of J 10 4 with a bet and a call in front her, etc, etc.

I know you’re all thinking “So what? These laydowns are hardly hard to make,” but how many times have you seen quote-unquote ‘experienced’ players that can’t let these hands go in these situations, she was showing them up and she’d been playing for 5 hours! I asked her how she could fold such a good hand and she just said “He could have a pair of jacks.” At what point in someone’s poker career do they stop listening to their instincts, as thats all I can assume she was using (unless I want to take credit for her above-par beginning play, haha).

Within 2 days she was playing $0.10/$0.20, so high limit poker, and doing alright. I came over and looked at the hand history, sorted by winners, and found the hands she had won with and she pointed out something (basic again, but some people still can’t grasp this): All the hands she won with were good! She’d won 6 pots with AQs, AQo, A7, 77, KQs, and J10s. Maybe reverting back to how we first learned the game wouldn’t be such a bad lesson for a lot poker players who’s egos get in the way of their play.

Next I’ll have to teach her the check-raise and how to yell at the all the lucky fish, haha, good luck!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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