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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Playing Poker From Behind the Curtain?

Yes, I’m starting to believe my drought has really ended. Last night I tried playing two .50/$1 tables but Paradise couldn’t seem to keep a second table full and the number of players kept fluctuating from four to six. Luckily I had jumped on one that stayed pretty solid at ten players so I kept…

Chat Like A Pro

I caught one of Grubby’s posts and the following jumped out at me: I’m usually quiet in chat, not even saying “nh” but throwing in a “ty” if someone says it to me. I think there’s a danger in talking about how bad you’re running, as it affects your image. People will begin taking shots…

Lessons From Losing

Ahhhh . . . I think I may have risen out of my card funk. For about the last week of online playing I had been getting my butt handed to me. Over about 5 sessions I lost 150BB. I’m not going to claim that I played every hand like a pro but when you…

A Real Showdown (almost)

I was up in Monterey this weekend scuba diving with my buddy Jason. He’s got the poker bug as well so when we got into town he flipped through the phone book and found some local card rooms in the nearby town of Marina. After dinner we headed up to scope these places out. Perhaps…

Random Thoughts 03/17/04

PokerTracker is an excellent tool for many reasons but one of the new ways I’ve found to use it is to uncover the re-loaders. Have you ever been playing and you see some guy sit down with something like $100 and then maybe an hour later you see him at $60 (with a good chunk…

Random Thoughts 03/16/04

Whenever I think about playing a marginal hand, I try to take Lee Jones’ advice in Winning Low Limit Hold ‘Em; Look for an excuse to fold. I’m usually pretty tight but if you’re sitting at a loose table, it’s very easy to turn a profitable session into a breakeven or losing session by playing…