Note: Not at the old Poker1 site. A version of this entry was originally published (1991) in Card Player magazine.
Two years and 26 days ago, I brought forth on these pages a new notion, conceived in 30 seconds and dedicated to the proposition that — all things being equal — it simply had to be the quickest way to knock out a column.
The idea was to list things in yes-and-no, true-and-false categories without elaborate explanation. To commemorate the 2.07th anniversary of that event, let’s do it again …
- On average, do razz players giggle more than stud players?
- Do skilled poker players win more pots than unskilled poker players?
- Is a skilled poker player more likely to win a jackpot (awarded when two super-strong hands collide) than an unskilled player?
- Is five-stud dead?
- Is ace-to-five lowball dead? (Note: Further comment on this 1991 list. It is still played in home games, some casinos, online, and in big-limit dealer-choice or variety-rotation games.)
- Is ace-to-five lowball slowly dying? (Note: Focus on the word “slowly” and see list below.)
- Is ace-to-five lowball dying?
- In a single session against weak players, is it easier to beat hold’em than seven stud?
- On average, are hold ’em players more sophisticated at poker than razz players?
- On average, are high-low split players more sophisticated at poker than razz players?
- … And are stud players more sophisticated?
- … And Omaha players?
- Couldn’t that suggest that, relatively speaking, razz requires less intelligence?
- Do you really believe otherwise skilled players raise too often before the flop in hold’em?
- Does the jackpot add a level of skill to poker?
- Can skilled players beat jackpot games?
- … Even without ever winning the jackpot?
- I regularly play jackpot poker.
- It’s about 50 percent more likely that there will be a jackpot if the game is nine-handed than if the game is six-handed.
- Seven stud: If you have kings-up well concealed on fifth street and an opponent has a pair of aces showing and bets, you should usually raise.
- … You should routinely call.
- There are more big-limit poker games in Nevada than in California.
- Computers will finally be able to beat the best poker players alive by the turn the century.
- A highly skilled player can expect to make more than $100,000 a year in typical $10-limit poker games in California and Nevada.
- A highly skilled player can expect to make between $25,000 and $60,000 a year in typical $10-limit poker games in California and Nevada.
- Computers can probably beat the best poker players alive right now. (Note: This list was created in 1991 and this statement is absolutely true today.)
- It’s more than twice as likely that there will be a jackpot if the game is nine-handed than if the game is six-handed.
- Top professionals playing the biggest poker games often earn less money in a year than lesser-skilled professionals playing $30 to $100-limit games. That’s because the competition is sometimes much stronger in the bigger limits. And therefore the money often passes back and forth among similarly skilled expert players.
- Many skilled poker players seem to prefer a $25-an-hour profit expectation in a $500-limit game to a $125-an-hour profit expectation in a $50-limit game. This is mostly caused by ego.
I may write more columns like this when? I’m in a hurry. — MC