Ok, hate is a strong word. I don't like the way most people and places play Texas Hold-em. I have had a regular poker playing group here at work for the past almost 30 years. We have dealer's choice and Texas hold-em is one of the options, one of the games we will play. The games we rotate through are: 7 Card Stud 5 Card Draw High/Low Chicago 3 Card Burn Acey Deucy Texas Hold-em Omaha Black Jack We have a maximum bid and raise limit. I learned how to play Texas Hold-Em one day with my regular group. One of the guys learned how to play it and taught us. We didn't use the small and big open bid and we never ever heard of "All-In". So I played Texas Hold-Em at a resort recently and was introduced to the "Casino" way of playing it. In a word: "Suckage". There has to be some sort of restrictions on going "All-In". I've never played poker where you can run out of money and still be in the game. That isn't poker. We had some person go "all-in" before we even got to see the flop. Two cards and you're all in? Obvious bluff but the amount of money I would have to match made it not worth the risk. My $2 ante, bye bye. Suckage. And what the fuck is up with this half blind and full blind shit? Just what is the purpose of that? I asked everyone at the table what the point of that was and the only thing anyone could come up with was "It's the way they do it in the casinos". Good answer Einstein. /RANT I'm still way partial to Blackjack and 7 Card stud.