Tuesday, January 20, 2004
"No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner."
Nine years here.
Thanks to PokerCode, I created this silly, animated Phil Helmuth. Get it while you can, it's deleted in 14 days.
Phil Helmuth trash-talking me.
I'm still winding down after the weekend tourney. Co-workers, friends, and emails were nothing but overwhelmingly positive, so it went as well as I imagined. I'm stoked that everyone had a blast - it was a surreal experience and well worth it. Encouragement for an encore has been loud and clear.
So I'm mulling it over. If anyone has a tip on embossing or customizing existing clay chips, please let me know.
By the way, I played Strat-O-Matic back in the day. Sad but true. I loved that game before the days of roto.
Poker blog roll call: I've been gone for a few days now, so allow me to pimp my fellow bloggers:
MeneGene has promised me a Phil Helmuth bashing post tonight, so make sure to hit his blog.
Thanks to my fellow bloggers for linking up and reading my friend Royal's blog. Again, he knows poker. Chemical engineer + poker acumen + retooling his game = scary muther. The fact that this healthy bank-rolled big bet player is grinding out 10,000 hands at 50.1 speaks volumes about how serious he is. Check out his freaking $36 pot in 50.1 on his blog. Can you say 36 big bets? Oh the humanity.
Another great post on PokerWorks about dealing high-limit at the Bellagio. Linda kicks too much ass - I am always thankful that she shares her thoughts on the big games with us.
Ok, I was pestered enough to finally link up Ugarte's poker blog. Very well-written account of a NL ring game with strangers.
Per usual, Pauly rules. Check out his post about my weekend.
Just read about Iggy's No Limit Tourney which he set up, ran, and played in this weekend. Whew! Too bad he came in seventh out of 51 (his tourney paid out six places with $1100 going to the first place winner!) Sounds like a great time. I think we should all take up a collection and send Iggy to the 2004 WSOP as the Blogger Representative.
I'm down with that. :)
TheFatGuy nearly always gets a chuckle out of me. This is no small feat.
We'll just call this The Tertiary Adjunct to the Hammer Challenge. The rules are that you have to post the chat & hand history on your blog, and send me the link. I don't care if it's at the 5¢/10¢ tables (but it must be a real money table)...I just want to see if the HAMMER! meme can spread past the poker blogger community.
The funniest poker blogger alive, playwright PokerGrub. There's too many funny lines for me to quote just one, so just read the intro and go hit his site:
"Gamblers Anonymous offers the following questions to anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.
And I've gotta link to Hdouble because he quoted Confederacy of the Dunces.
Oh yeah, in case you didn't know:
Jack > Becky
Experts: Mismanagement brought down landmark Vegas casino
"She had a little jewel with the World Series of Poker, good restaurants and steady business," he said. "Jack Binion thrived when he had it, so you've got to point your finger at Becky if you're looking to blame someone for the Horseshoe's demise."
Daily Racing Forum continues to weigh in on poker and Binions:
Where the real players gambled
Still, almost anyone who lived or visited here before the town turned corporate has a Horseshoe moment.
Three new poker blogs:
Design by Fire Poker Blog
Rhymes with Joker
And BoyGenius gets a link for pimping me with this false statement:
Here’s your poker-related musing for today, as because I am part of the Ig-centric poker blogging community, I’m obligated to talk about poker on the near-daily basis.
And from the cultural juggarnaut that is poker:
Poker night at home isn't the same after new shows
The problem is that I'm watching so many poker shows on television these days, I barely have time to gamble anymore. Maybe you've seen them; just about every network has one.
Oh yeah, the new Cardplayer is out.
Better yet, go read the new PokerSavvy article:
Seven Tips for Big-Bet Cash Games
Pot- and no-limit cash games can be exciting and profitable. But if you're not careful you can lose a bundle in a hurry. These tips will help you add to your stack as you move to the big-bet tables.
RGP is still essentially worthless. Someone once called it a cesspool and they'd be correct. Thank God we have these poker blogs to read or I'd be going nuts for interesting poker content on the web.
I truly enjoy thinking/reading about poker strategy. The more I learn, the more I question. Learning - improving in poker is a beautiful thing. It's an affirmation. Poker is really nothing but a decision making process over and over. Paper, rock, scissors. Making adjustments to your and your opponents adjustments.
It's skill and judgement that determine profitability. Culpability is crucial. In the long run, you don't get paid paid to win pots, you get paid to make the right decisions.
And these decisions are exacerbated in no-limit. One poor read and your stack is gone. A terrible decision in limit will likely only cost you a few big bets. And because I don't feel like dedicating HOURS to a tourney tonight, I'm putting my grinder hat back on and playing some limit.
Wish me luck and thanks for reading.
Aliens Abducted My Panties
Gail, a sexually active woman with partners of both sexes, wants to get to the bottom of something: The abduction of her panties by aliens. "Even when I felt his arm sliding under my rear and sliding my panties down I felt more and more relaxed," she explains.
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