Richards poker stories are often as good as my motorcycle stories. I love to ride motorcycles and play poker. Sometimes the two go "hand in hand" for me.

2015 Poker Results

Ok, I won't give specific numbers on my website but I will say 2015 was a successful year ending with positive results (in the black). I'm particularly pleased that my results were achieved with relatively little casino play and virtually no tournament play. Not that I wouldn't have participated in these activities...I gladly would have. But I just didn't have the time or opportunity in 2015. So most if not all of my good results came from local "home" games. Hopefully in 2016 I will have equally if not better results.

2016 Poker Results

Jan: +
Excellent results given I only play a maximum of 3x per week...often 2 and I put a self imposed curfew of leaving no later than midnight. Itching to get out of town and play some bigger limit games but my wife has been sick and responsibility is keeping me in town. I accept that and she would do the same for me but I do want and hopefully will visit some other poker venues with some bigger game options.

Feb  +

There is a distinct advantage for a good player to thoroughly know the competition, which you get to do when the games always have the same players at the table week after week. And virtually all of the players are too stubborn or too ignorant (no, I am not saying stupid) to incorporate changes into their games to improve their results. They apparently don't believe in an opinion of the definition that is RUMORED to be attributed to Albert Einstein..(DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER BUT EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS). I'm sure this is one of the many possible viable thoughts as to what insanity could be. For a poker's one of the most important. There are 2-4 decent players at the table each game and it seems the winning goes from and between those good players most every game with the occasional win by one of the "donks" which keeps them coming back. But some never win and they keep coming back anyway because they can afford to or just have nothing else to do I guess.

***Something occurred last night (02/04/17) at a poker game I attended that totally made my skin crawl and I want to share it with you. A player Johnny had just won a hand and tipped the dealer named Shorty $1.00 for dealing him the winning hand. Then Johnny racked up his chips and decided to leave. When he cashes out he finds out he has $99.00. He had bought in with $100. So he had lost 1 DOLLAR ($1.00). NOW GET THIS...JOHNNY IS A MILLIONAIRE...FOR REALS. He then proceeds to come back to the table and asks Shorty for the $1.00 tip back because he didn't want to lose $1.00 at the game. If I was running this game, I would bar him from ever attending the game again. Folks, when you place your $$ money above God and Man, there will be Hell to pay for you. You can't take it with you. I have lost any and all respect for this person.*** 

Mar +

Another profitable month Thank God. Which comes in very hand for me now being retired and with a much more limited regular income than before. I almost consider poker to be a required and necessary part-time job.


A good month by anyone's standards given the size of the game I play
(4-8 Limit Omaha 8). Thank You God for the skills that you have been kind enough to bestow on me.


 Well well. Long overdue I guess. But for most of these players this would be almost like a huge only lose 146 for an entire month. This is only my 2nd losing month since starting poker. Of course I have losing outings...don't get me wrong. I'm talking about the end of the month profit/loss picture. No concern here. My play has been consistent and I did get run down on several hands that were virtually unbeatable. I don't have much to say on that. I have done the same to other players too.


Ok, I'm back. And hopefully without sounding too arrogant I expected to be. Tightened up a few "loose ends" in my game. Concentrated on some basics that I was overlooking basically due to the easy nature of the games I play. I am Blessed to play in games where the lineups are so consistently good. 
Pretty much the same winning players at the tables are winning and the same losing players are losing which supports my statement that


  Actually in poker I was able to produce a small win for the month so I should actually put a + sign here. And that was with 2 bad outings at a particularly volatile high $$ pot limit mixed game. Lost $1200 (-$700 & -$500) in 2 outings. Very high $$ potential in this game due to the aggressive nature of the majority of the players in this game. However when things aren't going my way it can also be an expensive game on the losing end. So I will pick and choose my spots and hopefully turn the initial negative results around. I have 1 additional sitting in Sept in this game...won $280...small win...but a step in the right direction.
Where I lost money for the month was my once again delving into the world of sports betting which is one one my weaknesses which I will eventually overcome.

Here's another general statement on poker that I believe. I'm not the only one who believes this: 

SEPT. - Lost because of pot limit. I've come to the conclusion that I won't play this game anymore. I'm not the best pot limit player but in this group I am way better than average. My problem is that in the bankroll dept. I am close to the bottom with this very affluent group of players. For them to lose $5000 or more in a sitting is no big deal. For me it is unacceptable. So I'm playing with "scared money" so to speak. I'm glad I accept this limitation on my part rather than putting myself in a financial position that would be tough for me if I did badly.

OCT. +++ Awesome Month. I did want to post an unusual result..even for me. Won $940 on a local 4-8 omaha hi lo game on 10/27/16. Unusually high result for this limit game. This is the best result I have ever had and I've played at these games for years. Had some nice people wishing me luck...good karma I suspect. Oct is was great. Only one losing session for the month...and it was only a $30 loss. So I'm pleased to say the least. And I'm not even a Halloween fan. I wear the same mask all year without ever taking it off. Hmmmm, maybe I'll take it off for next year's Halloween? Scary thought. Have you folks ever seen a live alien? And I don't mean illegal. Monster Good Month...Thank God.

NOV. + Tiny profitable month. +240..smallest month by far. I didn't get to play as often as I usually do. No big one. Any winning month is a good month. But some are better for sure.

DEC. + Another good month Thank God. Winning never gets old.

2016 was a profitable year in
Not in
Sports Betting. Wow am I stubborn. But that is a New Year's Resolution that I will be following this year. NO MORE SPORTS BETTING.

It's funny. My blog is discussed at the el paso games continually. Mostly by people who have never even looked at it. They are convinced I bad mouth the losing players and uplift myself. As you readers know nothing could be further from the truth. "Ignorance is Bliss" I guess. But if they're going to discuss this, shouldn't they have read it first??

No Excuses. Not a big losing month (under $300) but a loss is a loss. Wife has been very ill and there have been other distractions as well. Probably should have taken a hiatus but I am a man of routines and poker is one of them. Refocused I hope even though the same problems persist. We'll see how March goes.



It seems that many of the homegames in El Paso are on the way out. The Omaha 4-8 games are running for 3-4 hours at best anymore. In fact, last Thursday's game went from 4-6:15pm. Sadly!! At that rate the houses are actually losing money in the process for running them..given the cost of food and after the game, etc. Even the no limit and pot limit games are suffering but not to the same extent.  In the omaha games many of the players are older with limited degrees of endurance for long play. Many people lose quickly and have to leave early. Many of the players have gone broke and can't even start the game. It's amazing how many players I remember that don't even play anymore because they no longer have the funds to do so. And there's no influx of new players at this point nor has there been for the last 1.5 years now. 

In other words, be selective of the game you play. Let's say you love playing Omaha 8 but the table at the casino is full of "rocks"..players that only pursue the best hands and otherwise fold every hand. But there's a holdem game which you don't enjoy playing as much but it's very active with several lose players throwing their money away. Although I prefer playing Omaha 8 I will opt to sit in on the Holdem game because once again folks...
I enjoy having a good time but my primary motivation for playing poker IS TO MAKE MONEY.

I enjoy telling richards poker stories, especially when they involve a win. I love to play poker. I enjoy a good game of poker and I am fairly proficient at many games; stud, stud hi lo, omaha hi lo, holdem (limit & no limit). I even enjoy HORSE which is a game involving a round of limid Holdem, Omaha Hi LO, Razz, Stud, Stud Eight or Better. Great game involving the mastery of several games if you want to be good at it and successful.

My favorite game is stud but I will play all games where I have the edge as my favorite pastime is winning.

When time permits, you will find me in Vegas, Phoenix, Ruidoso, New Mexico or Albuquerque knocking heads with the best of them at various limits and at various games. I plan on "testing the waters" in California this year if time permits. I have been relatively successful in my poker ventures and have had the good fortune of meeting some amazingly interesting people in the process.

In fact, I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 11/11/06 and entered a small omaha hi lo 8 or better tournament with approximately 90 entrants.

I was virtually card dead but managed to manipulate a few pots due to my table image (tight and tough) and ended up finishing 7th which cashed as the top 10 finishers were paid. The Sandia Casino in Albuquerque has a nice poker room, run well, and smoke free specifically in the poker room. They always have 1 or more very loose and passive 4-8 omaha 8 or better high lo games with a half kill that will keep you entertained and in the money if you know your omaha game. They usually have at least two no limit 1-2 blinds holdem game often in tandem with a 2-5 blinds No Limit Holdem game. They also have "specialty games" on certain days of the week such as a 10-20 fixed limit holdem game and a 10-20 limit omaha 8 game. These are only on specific days but if you want to put up a game on an "interest list" basis, they will accommodate you. It's a nice place...check it out if you're ever in the area.

12/30/12: I was in Albuquerque visiting and decided to hit Sandia Casino's Poker Room. The "Bad Beat" for Holdem had just been hit the night before..over 70K so the participants on that table were pretty happy. They had reset the Holdem Bad Beat Jackpot to just over 40K so that was still attractive. They had reset it that high as several miles "up the street" the Hard Rock Casino had their Poker Jackpot at over 100k and that was drawing some people away from the Sandia Room and to the Hard Rock's room. Now, I am not a proponent of Bad Beat Jackpots. Personally, in all my years of play I have never been on the losing hand or winning hand and I have only been on a table where the hand was hit one time and got a small player's portion which didn't amount to very much as the Jackpot was small. So I have contributed plenty over the years and I have seen players go broke chasing the Jackpot when it was large. Stupid Stuff.

Anyway, I decided to throw my hat into a 1-2 No Limit Holdem game as the only omaha game available was a pretty low limit (4-8) and I would have been the only player on the table without an oxygen Normally, that is a good sign for, but the game was slow (virtually dead if you catch my So I got on the holdem table and it was pretty active. Luck was on my side...I flopped trips on several occasions where I was the obvious underdog...for example pocket 2's against pocket queens. Pot was raised to $10 with 5 callers before me so Implied Odds insisted that I call and "lo and behold" I flopped the deuce and won a profitable pot. I got lucky one other time with a 10-J of diamonds with several callers. Hand was raised to $20 preflop by a very aggressive player and you just never knew where he was coming from, so given that there were 4 people in before me, I decided to take a stab. Flop was rag rag rag, but 2 diamonds so I felt like I had a reasonable chance. Turn was a diamond and the guy with the pocket aces (of course I didn't know that's what he had at the time) went all in and there was 1 caller and me and I went for it. Hit the diamond on the turn and made my flush and luckily the river didn't bring another diamond as the guy with the pocket aces had an ace diamond. So I had a bit lucky and more than paid for the trip with the poker

08/20/15: I have been doing fairly well and fairly consistently in my poker endeavors for quite awhile now. And I'm doing reasonably well for the year although I seem to be playing less of late and shorter sessions when I do.

Several local players deserve mention. The first we'll call the "doughboy" or actually lets change that to the "trucker". On an amazingly good run and pretty long too. He and I were about even for our 2014 poker year. And actually had it not been for his relatively bad football season I suspect he would have ended up having done better than me for the year. He is a good player..I make no bones about that. But he has been on an extraordinary run of luck...yes, infused with some skill...but extraordinary for sure. I wish him no ill will. He is a friend and I'm happy for his success. But I have been playing for a lot of years and have seen good streaks come and go and his good streak will eventually come to an end as all do..regardless of player. I had a run once of about 48-4 at one particular home game. And although I consider myself a good to excellent player, I know my results were unrealistic. Certainly I enjoyed them and reaped in the rewards but it came to an end. But right now he feels he's invincible and that's when you get in trouble. Good Luck Trucker. 

There's another really good player in El Paso at these omaha home games. Let's call him the "mechanic". Knows his math better than anyone...and I mean anyone. Keeps a level head and rarely goes on tilt. Probably been playing successfully at poker longer than anyone I personally know. And what makes him special and perhaps I fall into that category too is that although he has favorite games (me too), he can successfully play at any game having a good mastery of all the popular games played at casinos. It's a great skill set to have because not all casinos have the game that you find most enjoyable to play.  It's his job. Gambling as a whole and he does it very well. 

He made a funny comment at a game to me last week. I was involved in a hand where I probably shouldn't have been involved (after the flop). But on the turn I made a nut low draw and a gutshot straight draw so I decided to stick it out. On the river I made the gutshot straight and swept the pot. The other person in the hand moaned and groaned and complained I shouldn't have been in the hand. And that he had lost respect for me as a poker player (not as a person). So the "mechanic" turns and says to me...."WIN A HAND...LOSE A FRIEND"..Truly one of the funnier things he has said. Folks if you're going to lose a friend over a poker hand make the assumption that the player in question wasn't much of a friend anyway..LOL. Take the money and win the pot.


If the location you are at has several tables spread of the specific game and limit you want to play; take the time to watch the level and intensity of play before committing to a seat or table. If the game is extremely volatile with excessive raising and reraising; will you be comfortable in such an environment? If another table has only 1 or 2 "live players" and the rest are "rocks", will this be a profitable table for you if the majority of the players are at your playing level or perhaps even superior to you? The most profitable game long run is a table with several passive "calling stations" who are not aggressive but basically continuously call and follow the other player's leads. The better players at a table especially if they are at an expert level will rarely knock heads and tend to avoid each other as it is just as easy to throw away a marginal or even a good starting hand and wait for the next, especially when a player that has just folded 10 hands in a row comes in firing aggressively. These are the types of decisions that will make you money (or prevent you from losing money) in the long run.

Never play at a limit or table that is intimidating to you. Scared play generally tends to be poor play. Never play with "food" money. If you are dipping into your funds that you need for general daily necessities; then you can't afford to play and may have a gambling problem if you do


Generally, do not lose more on a table than what you would consider to be a good win for the table. For example, if you are on a 4-8 game (any game) and you consider based on the chemestry of the players that a good win would be $200.00, then this would be a good "stop" limit to set should things go poorly and you are losing at the table. Why drop $700.00 on a table that you would be very happy if you walked away with a $200.00 win? This of course can vary. If you are still fresh and know for sure that you are one of the top 3 players on the table and you are not on "tilt" (letting temper/ego/frustration govern your play), then perhaps it might be wise to stay. But there are days that even if you are by far the superior player on the table; things don't go right. And on these days (we all have them), leave your ego on the table and take your relatively small loss. See a movie!! Be with your family!! Exercise!!......Whatever!! Live to fight another day. This is one of the hardest things for a good player to do. To accept the fact that on this day he (or she) is beaten. Going on tilt tends to be fruitless and very expensive overall.

I have to tell you folks an amazing story that took place at a local omaha hi-lo game. Good game, relatively lo limit ($4-$8) but with lots of action and raising, both preflop and after the flop. Anyway, there's a player whose name we shall say is "Irky Irene" who unfortunately is one of the habitual losing players at this game and all the other games she frequents. Anyway, on this day she is actually ahead...about $390 and BOLDLY ANNOUNCES that she won't leave until she wins $400. Ok folks, remember, other than the name, this is a TRUE STORY. She proceeds to quickly lose the $390 she was up and than buys in for another $300 which she promptly loses. So let's think about this for a minute. In her quest to win an additional $10.00 to satisfy her whim to win $400, she blows $690. Can you believe it? Sad but True.


Another more recent story. Good friend of mine had a great day at the omaha table, scoring a win of $740 give or take. Couldn't miss. Great win for a $4/$8 limit game.


Goes to the next day's game and although I wasn't there to see how he played, he proceeds to blow off $560 of the $740 he won the day before. So he turns a big win into an average at best 2 day win. And in the process he went against a personal agreement (He, Himself, and that he wouldn't allow himself to lose more than $300 at this limit game at any one sitting.




The ability to calculate pot odds is a necessary part of any poker player's game. When is it profitable to call vs. realizing that the "odds are against you" and it's time to fold the hand?

The easiest way to calculate pot odds is to compare the total number of unknown cards to how many outs you have, and then do some simple division. For example, in a Texas Holdem game you have 2 suited cards in your hand with the ace of that suit and you are four to a nut flush on the turn (4th street) of a Texas Hold'em game and need only one more of the suit, there are 46 unknown cards, (52 minus your 2 pocket cards and 4 on the board). The cards in the other players hands or what has already been folded are part of the unknown card group. Of those 46 cards, 9 are the same suit as your flush draw. So 37 cards will not help you, while 9 will give you the nut flush hand.

Your odds are: 37/9, or more simply, 4.1 to 1 odds AGAINST making your draw. To make this call profitable, there has to be at least 4x the amount of your bet in the pot to make this a proper "pot odds" call. So if you were playing a game of $5/$10 limit, then there would need to be at least $40 already in the pot to justify your calling that $10 bet to see the river. If you continuously make calls without having an idea of your pot odds, you are fighting a losing battle and will probably lose in the long run.


Trying to quality for the WSOP $10,000 main event by winning a satellite offered at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, NM on 06/06/05. Just have to win my table to get to the next step which guaranteed a decent money prize with first prize being $11,500 total ($10,000 for the WSOP event. 4 people left and I am a 2-1 chip leader. I'm on the button with pocket jacks. Push in $1500 and I get one caller who goes all in and I have to put in an additional $600 in chips to call which I do. Flop comes up J, K, 3 (rainbows). I flop TRIP JACKS. Turn is a 10, and the river brings a Queen. He has an A-4 and beats me with a miracle straight. Next hand I'm in, I'm in the big blind with a 10-4 offsuit and nobody raises so I get to see the flop. Flop comes up 10-4-2. I have 2 pairs. Another player leads off, everybody folds to me and I push him all in. Turns out he has 10-6 and of course you know what the story is. On the river he hits a 6. Last hand I'm in I have $10,000 in chips and the other remaining player has $15,000. I'm in the blind and the other player pushes all in. I look at my cards to see Black pockets ACES. He had pushed me in with a Q-4 offsuit. Can I ask for anything better?  He bluffed and I had him trapped with pocket aces. Flop comes up nothing nothing Queen. I am still way in the lead. Turn brings nothing. And you know the rest of the story. River brings a 4 and I lose the tournament that it was virtually impossible for me to lose. I know this has happened to everybody but this was the worst nightmare beating I have ever experienced. I can just barely talk about it When I lost with the pocket aces, I simply told the other player....."Good Tournament" and left the casino. Oh Well!

Another "Bad Beat" Story

Went to Albuquerque, New Mexico to play in a WSOP Main Event qualifying tournament over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend. 117 prize gets $10,000 entry fee + 3 days stay at hotel plus $1000 spending money. All players making the final table get a piece of the pie. Entry fee was $150.00 so it was reasonable. Anyway, several rounds have gone by and there are 55 players left and I'm getting a bit "short stacked". I'm on the button and a player in early position pushes all in and I have watched this guy basically "bullying" the table for the entire duration. So everybody folds and when it's my turn, I look down and see red pocket 9's...not a spectacular hand but reasonable and based on this guys actions, I probably have him beat. So I go all in and I have read it perfectly. The guy had pocket 4's...actually a better hand than I suspected he had but I'm a prohibitive favorite. To make a long story short, he flops a 4 and that's the end of the story.

All I can say is if you have played well but get beaten by somebody else lucking out, there's nothing you can do and you shouldn't beat yourself to death over it. One of these days, I'm going to win with the better starting hand in a tournament and then watch out...I'll be dangerous.


I'm primarily playing in El Paso Home Games of late...which are pretty much 4-8 omaha hi lo games or 1-2 No Limit Holdem Games. Doing well in both although I must say I'm bored with the 4-8 limit although I will continue to play it when I really don't have any other choices available in town. The younger kids all want to play NL Holdem...I guess it provides the "adrenaline" rush they feel they need and anytime there is a poker event shown on television, it is always a NL Holdem show. A couple drift into the Omaha Hi Lo game and get bored quickly or take some big losses in it because of total lack of understanding of the game.

There are interesting characters at all the games..I suppose I am considered to be one of them by many of the And I suppose I am. 


OK, I spoke too soon. It seems that whenever a game gets low in players desperation sets in as these games bring in a hefty sum daily for each game run. So if the game running time gets short, she gets invited once again. AND THEN I LEAVE. She is a racist and a nasty individual. My desire to play is largely for profit but it's also enjoyment for me. When she's there I don't enjoy myself. So I exclude myself from the picture.

And for those that think poker is "All Luck"; let me say this. Overall, the same people win each week and each month, and each year and the same people lose. It's a very obvious pattern. What does that tell you? Are the consistent winners just "Lucky"?




Now in many cases, there are big advantages playing against a maniac or extremely aggressive wild player.

In El Paso, there's one player that I affectionately call "Crazy Joe" who raises every hand pre-flop and if it's reraised he will always cap it...often without looking at his hand (for reals). And every single hand is raised by him preflop, again usually before he looks at his hand.

Now certainly if things are going well, this can be incredibly financially rewarding, but on a bad day..whoa!!

In my opinion, the best rule of thumb whether you're having a good or off day is to really tighten up your starting hand criteria. Because if you're playing loosely, you are willing to take the risk of at least 1 preflop raise and often having it capped before the flop. I guess this is the result of surging "testosterone" and the urge to show Crazy Joe that you're not scared of his financial antics. Because although Joe usually loses, it doesn't mean that you're going to be the winner at the end of the night. Oh yeah, somebody is going to win and maybe several people, but it may not necessarily be you.

So...don't be scared. Consider it an opportunity to be on a table with a "Live Wire" such as "Crazy Joe", but also be respectful and don't get caught up in the temptation to go for the ride with him thinking you will have a huge payday. If you tighten up and be careful, you very well could have a great outing, but if you loosen up because it seems like fun and you're playing with a Lottery mentality, you're going to leave the table driving home wondering what the heck just happened and wondering how your money disappeared from your wallet.

Just for the record, "Crazy Joe" really does exist and in reality, he is a quiet, sort of reserved guy with a heart of gold.  Drinks way too much at the games but when he loses, he NEVER COMPLAINS and will usually compliment you on a "Good Hand". The difference between the "Average Joe" and "Crazy Joe" is that the crazy version can afford to lose and the experience of pushing the table around and scaring folks is fun to him. He doesn't care if he loses.

Same thing for Juan. He plays for fun. Sometimes he'll play a hand without being at the table, without seeing his cards, and raising every street of the hand....seriously. And sometimes in those situations he'll win...not often though. AND HE DOESN'T CARE. HE THINKS HE'S THE BILL GATES OF EL PASO POKER. Perhaps he is.

Can you say the same thing?


What I did I think to stop the bleeding was to tighten up my starting hand criteria. When you are losing for several sessions, it's easy to get "inventive" to try to make the losing go away and usually what happens is you lengthen and intensify the losing experience.

This doesn't mean I'll never lose again (though that would be nice). I know I'll lose plenty of times in the bigger long term scheme of things in poker. However, my confidence is back and I'm feeling good about my game.

So hopefully my losing streak will help some of you if you are in a similar dilemma. Don't get inventive. Analyze your game. Odds are you're involved with more hands than you should be.  This "leakage" will cost money in the long run. During these bad spans, tighten up your game even more and if you're unable to do so or find yourself going on tilt easily, stop playing for awhile. Even if you have to stop for weeks or months, it's best to allow yourself whatever time it takes to get your head and game back on straight.


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