Played my first home game today - different experience, heh
I went to a barbecue at a friend's house today and after we ate they fired up a poker game
and invited me to play. Apparently this group gets together and plays regularly. It was no limit hold 'em, .25/.50 blinds. The typical buy in was $20 but a couple of us only had $10, so that's what I bought in for.
The biggest shock to me was that I had to deal (and deal first, since I drew the ace of spades), and I must have looked like I completely didn't know what I was doing. I've always played at casinos
and online, and never had to deal myself. The guy who seems to be the main organizer of the game was really surprised that I've been playing in casinos but haven't ever played a home game... he said he played home games for a couple of years before venturing outside that comfort zone.
They didn't seem like the greatest group of players in the world, but not the worst either. I sat there for half an hour and ended up playing exactly two hands. One was when I was in the small blind and everyone else limped in so I completed. The other was when I was in the big blind and everyone folded around to the small blind, who completed, and I raised 5x the big blind (which was a typical raise in this game). He pushed all in and I called with AQ. He looked surprised and turned over K5 of diamonds, got two more diamonds on the flop, and rivered his flush. I can't feel bad about getting my money in with the best cards, and I did have a good time and will play with them again.
It was VERY smoky, though... much like the poker rooms around here before they passed the smoking ban. Two of the girls at the table were smoking cigarettes and the two guys were both puffing on cigars.