Positively Plus EV (Return of the Emory Game)
--Star Trek: Generations
The weather is getting cooler. Monday Night Football is on again.
Well, the Emory game. One of the most famous low-limit NL games in Atlanta, the Emory game was a Mos Eisley cantina of players, mainly college kids from Emory University and nearby Georgia Tech.
The game was fantastic. Where did these kids get their money to play -- and lose -- week after week? It was a cash game that seemed built on television tournament poker strategy.
You know, all-in. And bust.
The Emory game is no more. But a new one has taken its place. It has different ownership and a different location.
But its spirit is the same. And the same classicly inexperienced play.
In a year I'm a different player. My skills are better and so is my focus. I maybe had a seventh as much of a bankroll as I did this time last year.
Doug and I went yesterday to check out this game. Doug suffered a flurry of random hands. But his downturn is just temporary. This game is positively +EV.
There were loose raisers, people who'd play and call you with any two cards, kids who would jump all in with big broadway unsuited. People who would obviously raise when they had it.
"You love the action," this loose guy in Seat 9 says. He saw me take down a pot early with AQ red cards when the flop was all clubs. Then I put him all-in when I knew he was on a flush draw. You want to gamble? Let's gamble.
Yes, I totally love the action.
Internet poker really is a solitary sport. Live play is fun and social. It's entertainment, even if you are stone killer who is set on making money. Casino poker rooms are like MLB stadiums -- something to admire.
But a good home game is like having a neighborhood park where you can knock balls over the fence.
It's been a long time. The Emory game ended about eight months ago. Since then I've been all over the country to play, refining my game and spending time online.
But now I'm home again. And it's something to cherish.