Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Phil Ivey Poker Journal

"Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and every man's is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There's only one way to make a fortune, and that's to down the fellow who's up against you."
Somerset Maugham

Great news - Gary Carson is writing a new poker book. I imagine that he wants to cash in on the current poker explosion and I don't blame him. If you play at Party or Empire and haven't read his book, you really need to check it out. He is the antithesis of David Sklansky - he writes primarily for the loose, crazy games, not the tight ones, and his book brought me plenty of profit. Hell, at $15, the book will pay for itself in one session.

Here's an odd factoid. Of the 57 fishies I've tagged on Party Poker and added to my buddy list, only TWO were online last evening. What on earth is going on? I suppose it's not too much of a stretch to think they mostly all went broke. With 12,000 players in my database, I generally only tag the worst of the worst players.

So that tells me I need to get under the hood of Pokertracker and do some hard-core analysis. Time to refresh that buddy list.

Good question on 2+2:
Quick question. If I were to play 3 tables of 2-4 limit on Party Poker, would I need 300 big bets for all 3 tables, or 900 big bets for 3 tables. Thanks!

You need the same bankroll as for one table, assuming you play exactly the same when you're playing three tables at a time as you do when you're playing only one. It's just like playing 3 times as fast at a single table.

p.s. - In reality you will need a larger bankroll because your win rate per table won't be as high, but that's not the question you're asking here.

Not much poker news today but make sure to read Tao of Poker's Las Vegas trip reports.

I'll be posting more later - for now, enjoy the new comment widget.

Link of the Day:
William Bennett Playing Cards
Dan Savage wants us all to help Bill Bennett keep his pledge to stop gambling: The next time he sneaks into a casino to drop a million or two on video poker, call his wife at (202) 452-8200. "What a fucking pussy!" he writes.

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