Whatever Happens In Bangkok, Stays in Bangkok

Since I got Tivo I rarely see commercials. First off, I don’t watch that much television to begin with but more importantly, with Tivo I can skip the commercials. Still, I do love a good commercial and one that had me cracking up was the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” commercial where some […]

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Betting your life savings on roulette

MSNBC is running a story about Londoner, Ashley Revell, who claims to be a professional gambler, placing a $135,300 bet on “Red” resulting in a $270,600 payoff. Just in case you’re thinking that the $135,300 bet might have been chump change to this high roller, it wasn’t. It was everything he owned. He even sold […]

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Songkran

I spent the day with a scuba and travel buddy at the Songkran festival held at Wat Thai in the San Fernando Valley. Songkran is the Thai new year (currently 2547) and is a enthusiastic celebration. In Thailand the Songkran festivals are known for their water play. The Songkran period is a traditionally thought of […]

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So far, so good

Couldn’t find any juicy games when I logged into Paradise so I played a $5 + $1 SNG. Took first place. My strategiology? I played almost no hands for the first 3 orbits. When I did take down my first hand it was pretty beefy and then I just sat back and only played the […]

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Online Gambling DOJ Letters

The other day I wrote about Google and Yahoo pulling ads for online gambling sites. Well, TechDirt has a follow up on that where it seems the DOJ has been sending out some nastygrams to other sites as well. To steal a mantra of the youth today: Skateboarding Online poker is not a crime.

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Back At The Tables

Finally was able to get in about 100 hands this evening after about a week and a half break from the virtual (and b&m) tables. Played two tables at Paradise and seemed to hit some big hands early on both tables and the remainder of the session was pretty much just drip, drip, dripping my […]

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Quote of the Day 4/5/04

If you are an excellent player, people are going to draw out on you a lot more than you’re going to draw out on them because they’re simply going to have the worst hand against you a lot more times than you have the worst hand against them. – Bobby Baldwin (Theory of Poker, page […]

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Web Engines Plan to End Online Ads for Gambling

Under pressure from the federal government, Google and Yahoo both announced that they would no longer accept advertising from online casinos. The new government strategy for putting a halt to online gambling is to threaten those who advertise the services of the casinos. As nearly all casinos are set up in countries outside of US […]

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Easiest or Hardest Job in the World? You Decide.

I was reading The Economist recently and they had the story of Abdi Jimale Osman, Somalia’s minister of tourism. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, Somalia hasn’t had a tourist in 14 years. One of the few hotels in Mogadishu recommends that visitors hire at least 10 armed guards to escort […]

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Pauly’s Quest For The Gold

I just got done reading Pauly’s post over at the Tao of Poker and I have some mixed thoughts on it. To give the background (in case you didn’t read the link), Pauly has made it into the final rounds of a satellite tourney for a seat at the WPT tourney at the Bellagio. Total […]

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Chris and Hank’s Excellent Adventure

I’m a big fan of both HDouble’s The Cards Speak posts as well as Chris Halverson’s blog. Good to see Hank was able to show Chris a good time while Chris was out visiting Los Angeles. A few of Hank’s comments made me want to comment: I left up $90 after only 15 minutes. Since […]

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Foiled!

I recently wrote about trying to bypass bans on gambling imposed by foreign governments. Well, I’ve been totally foiled. I thought I might be able to get around the government IP bans by doing some SSH port forwarding but I can’t even SSH into the box from the ISP that I’ve been attempting this from. […]

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WTO Poker

A fellow poker fiend and former co-worker of mine, Mark, sent me this link about the World Trade Organization ruling that the US’ online-gambling ban violates international trade laws. Of course, the US plans to appeal the ruling because they have to protect the state lotteries and the political contributions from the Indian casinos but […]

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Sir, What’s That In Your Trunk?

I had to go to LAX today to pick up a ticket and I may have almost given one of the security guys a heart attack. First off, I haven’t flown recently but I have flown several times over the last couple of years and I don’t remember security being this tight. There’s the checkpoint […]

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Monsters

Wow, what a night. I set out to play just 100 hands because I had some other things I had to do and I walked away 100 hands later up 40BB. Believe me, it wasn’t all me. The poker gods were smiling on me tonight. I was playing two tables and almost simultaneously on both […]

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