re: Poker & When you have a friend at the table
Originally Posted by Lonsdaleite
It would definitely be soft playing and almost collusion. You knew you had the better hand. He played poorly. He kept on calling, which is basically him saying he was willing to take your money, but whine about losing to you. If he wanted to be friendly, he would have folded. He was trying to take your money. It says a lot about your friend. Dump him, he's not really a friend and you can't trust cheaters.
Not sure I would dump a friend for that, but you make excellent points (in bold).
As far as collusion goes, would you be allowed to say something like "buddy, you might be in big trouble" as you shove your stack to the middle? If you were stupid enough to say that to a stranger, they might actually think it's part of your bluff. But don't the pros say stuff like that all the time on TV? Tell you the truth, friends could easily sport a 'tell' to indicate they should fold or that they are bluffing. Bet it happens all the time. Let the floor guy prove my nose didn't itch.
At any rate, right or wrong, if HU, I'd try to do something to get a friend to fold, like shove. lol If he calls, his problem. He had no right to be mad at anyone but himself for his bad call.