What was your turning point?

Most things that take skill and mastery often come with an “Aha!” type moment where one can look back and point to an event, piece of knowledge, or lesson that marked a major turning point for them. I think of it as that moment where all of a sudden everything makes sense. You still may…

Arg!

Well, I guess I knew that I couldn’t do 40BB every night on Empire but man, what a tough night. I still walked away with a win over my two Empire sessions so I’m not crying too loudly but the part that was really getting to me was that I was getting pretty good hands.…

I’ve sold my soul

Tonight I started playing the Empire Poker tables. I’ve had a very, very good experience at Paradise and a so-so experience at Party (nothing to do with Party, it was totally my run of cards) but my move was motivated by just a touch by greed. I was recently contacted by someone from Empire who…

Not Getting Tweaked

Chis Halverson has a post about a string of bad cards he’s been experiencing. Almost makes me glad I’ve been too busy to hit the tables much lately. The one piece of advice I would offer when you’re getting hammerd like this is to watch your PokerTracker stats rather than your bankroll. Your bankroll will…

Tourney Ideas

After the other night’s tourney, we got some feedback and I thought I would throw it out there to the general poker community for some thoughts. Basically, it was a $50 buyin with $25 rebuys available at any time to anybody who went below $600 in chips (everyone received $1000 to start). At the third…

And the winners are . . .

Here’s the email my buddy (and co-host) Zengy sent out announcing the winners from last nights tourney: Hello All- All I can say is “Holy Shit!” Last night’s tournament was the best we have ever had. 30 guys started and we had 32 rebuys totaling a $2,125 final prize pool. (The room cost $175). The…

Uncle Sam Sucks

I hate paying taxes. It would be nice if they just sent you a bill every year but instead they just take it out of your paycheck before you even see it and then, like a crack addict, they want more every April. To steal a bit from Chris Rock, that’s not paying taxes, that’s…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…