I had an invitation to a private game last night. A guy in the city had converted his office board room into a poker room and is running a weekly $30 buy in tournament. He calls it a Casino Malaysia, but blinds start at 100/200, so it is really no different to an APL or WAPL starting stack of 2500 with 25/50 blinds. Anyway, it was a chance to play with a different group of people and get some more tournament practice. As well as the $30 buy in, there was also unlimited $20 rebuys up to the end of level 8. The field was 21 starters making up 3 tables, most people were either from WAPL or knew the organizer. Not many of them had played poker, or played live games at least. A few said they had played on line, but I suspect is was only in free games of very low stakes; the following examples show just how low the skill level was: – the fellow to my right making a big pre-flop raise with K 5 UTG, his justification was that he ‘hadn’t seen a picture card for three or four hands and thought he had better make the most of it when he got one’. – the fellow to my right calling my bets to the river on a low board. I had pocket tens, he had Q 7. A queen hit on the river, so good on him. ‘I thought you were bluffing’ he said, even though I had only shown quality hands all night, and was folding eight out of ten hands. Good read mate, well done. – A guy with a gutshot straight draw calling my pot size bets to the river. I had flopped the nut straight, but he made a bigger straight on the river with his four outs. – and then there was the classic I saw several players at my table do.