re: Poker & Playing against new players
Just got back fom Cali.
The tough thing about new players is reading their hands. Bets seem to not make any sense, and they always surprise you when they turn their cards over.
The pat answer: Don't bluff, as they have no concept of hand value.
You will be showing down your hand, so make sure it is a good one. Play very selective hands, and deliver punishment early, pre-flop or on the flop.
A deeper answer is more interesting. One of the tougher things about putting your opponent on a hand is that you always consider what YOU would do in his situation. But he is not you, and you will be wrong more often then not.
Look at the motivations that he uses while playing. What motivates him to raise, or fold or whatever. Remeber, not everyone plays poker to win money.
Good to see you again,