In this week’s episode, brothers Kevin and Andrew, along with their engineer pal Walker, are going all-in and turning their quaint family retreat into The Cottage Casino. Fearing a gambling den would never pass the “Mom test”, the boys are converting their parents’ furniture and knick-knacks into cleverly-disguised custom poker tables, craps tables, beer dispensers, cigar humidors and much more. With jokers as wild as these guys, you know it’s going to be a high stakes weekend up at the cottage.
Since it’s also the start of The 46th annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP®), we thought it would be a great time to publish the Brojects‘ Guide to Winning at Poker — a DIY blueprint to insure you come out top dog at the poker table.
Rule #1. Observe your Opponents: Poker players come in all shapes and sizes. But you can still see patterns in the way people play — if you know how to look for them. One person may go all-in every single time they have a decent hand. Another may check all the cards until they see an ace flip over. In that case, it’s a pretty safe bet that player has an ace in their hand as well. Once you figure out a players’ play pattern you can take advantage of them for the win!
Rule #2. Patience is a Virtue: This proverb rings very true when it comes to poker. Whether it’s a need for action or ants in the pants, many players are simply not patient enough to stop. They keep betting whether they have good cards or not. One of the most important parts of the game is waiting until you have a hand good enough to beat the other players at the table. The trick is to sit back and strike only when you have the cards!
Rule #3. Know when to Hold’ Em and When to Fold’ Em: Yup, Kenny Rogers said it best! Sometimes a player will keep calling a bet with the idea that since they are already deep into the hand, they might as well see it through. Not very wise. Chances are someone at the table will have you beat. But we understand, it’s tough! Right Andrew? Sometimes the heat is just too much, and you just can’t think straight (See more on this below).
Rule #4. What’s my Position?: Knowing what your position is in relation to the dealer is very important. If you’re one of the first players to act, you need to have a strong hand because with more players acting after you, there is a good chance someone will raise you. This is why being the last person to act is a big advantage — you know whether everyone else has already checked, bet, or folded — so it makes your decision that much easier. It even makes bluffing that much more effective! If everyone in front of you checks, chances are they don’t have a great hand. This gives you the chance to bet and make everyone else think your hand is awesome.
Rule #5. Cheat: If all else fails and you find yourself in trouble, just do what Kevin and Andrew do… CHEAT! We certainly don’t condone cheating, but if you absolutely must, at least get creative about it. Why not place a heating device under a chair forcing your opponent to act irrationally on the ‘hot seat,’ or just follow Andrew’s lead and put mirrors under your opponents beer mug!
Remember the most important rule of them all is to just have fun, so grab some bros and some beers and get dealing!