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What Do You Do When You're Bored With Poker?

16 February 2011, By: compncards
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So what the hell do you do when you find poker boring? Most of you are probably thinking "I never find poker boring." If that is you, then great. Personally, I have had that problem quite a bit and lately it seems to have gotten worse.

In the past, I have taken mini-breaks from the game after certain events. When I traveled the circuit, I sometimes would step away from poker as much as a month at a time after a trip.  That is doubly so about the World Series of Poker. Almost without fail, I go for nearly a month after the WSOP without playing a hand.

When I return, I am usually in the mood to play. The last couple of months, I found that my desire to play poker, even games I normally love has been waning. Perhaps it is the fact that I write about the game nearly every day of the work week. Maybe I am getting to my customary 5 to 6 years of a particular field or occupation boredom that I usually get.

About three weeks or so ago, I saw someone mention Chinese Poker.

I knew the basics of the game, but I really never "learned the game" so to speak. Well, unfortunately there aren't any online sites that accept US players for Chinese Poker. I did find a site that had free money games.  So, I decided to play "a few hands" of Chinese Poker. Five hours later, I found myself still playing and nodding off at the computer. That was the longest "non-tournament" session that I have had in a long time. It's hard to call it a cash game when you are playing for play money.

I actually found Chinese Poker fun, and once I understood more of the basics, I discovered it was part poker and part puzzle.  Over the next couple of weeks, I found myself playing in this little play money game more and more.  Funny thing is that I got so proficient that some of the players would leave when I showed up and a couple outright said "we don't want to play with you.  We will leave if you don't." And sure enough, they left.

After playing Chinese for a while, I discovered that I wanted to play other games again. Poker had become interesting again. Actually, I think the truth is that I began to find it fun again.  When you play poker seriously, sometimes the fun is lost in the game. When that happens, it truly becomes work. I think I must be allergic to work.

So for some of you folks out there that are trying to find motivation to play poker, you may want to try and mix things up and learn something new. For poker players, try learning a new poker game, especially if it is the opposite of what you are used to. Hold'em players should try out stud or draw, or even Badugi. Find something to keep things interesting and fun.

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