Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Is Vegas really a week away?

Go visit Otis.


Will I really be in Vegas in a week, forgoing all sleep and food, swilling booze and gambling at Roshambo, for $100 a throw? In a week? Really?


I can't believe it's already here. Egads.

I don't have any advice to impart to first-timers. Hell, I hired a dwarf to show up as me at our first Gathering, what the hell do I know?

But Dr. Pauly does. Scroll down and heed his sage advice for Vegas in his now classic post:

Bloggers Invading Las Vegas Tips 5.0

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

David Sklansky is Losing His Mind 

I'm not sure what's going with Mr. David Sklansky over at 2+2 but he's clearly off his meds or deeply missing his special David Sklansky forum that was closed a while back.

Maybe the holidays made him lonely?

And while David just posted his THIRD THREAD on Kenny Tran ranking online players versus B&M, which in and of itself is tedious and trollish, I just found this wonderful post concerning David's thoughts on money and women.

Oh the humanity.

Here's David in all his glory:


I Don't Ever Give Woman Money

Or stake them in poker games. Or buy them expensive gifts. As much as I like to keep people guessing about what I am up to personally, (for the sake of getting extra hits on this site,) I can't handle the idea that people think I am that kind of sucker.

I'll buy dinner. But only because I have a lot more money than them. I usually do the same for a guy. If I'm dating them I will occasionally buy the two or three hundred dollar gift. If she is living with me, I'm paying living expenses and perhaps something like online tuition if she is taking a class. And on a few occasions I've done something like pay a traffic ticket for a damsel in distress.

One thing for sure though is that no woman I have been with was there mainly for money. That can be proved logically. Because any female who has the morals that would allow her to mess with a guy mainly for money would be picking other guys besides me. My poker nittiness extends to my personal life. I'm not saying that any girl I'm with is there with me soley because of my personality and linguistic rpms. I'm sure most would be gone if I was a broke nobody. But they ain't getting my cash.


Words to live by.

Segue: I'm stoked that two of my favorite writers, Grubby and JoeSpeaker, are back posting in their rightful homes.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Poker Itch 

"Luck is nothing but probability taken personally."

Is there anything better than a Thanksgiving break? I think not.

A few Guinness-fueled, tangential quick thoughts before getting back to business tomorrow.

First off, I live on a 100+ acre horse farm. We have five mailboxes at the end of our very long driveway for the assorted families who live here. Thankfully over time, when I'm fortunate enough to receive cool stuff in the mail and it's only addressed to "The BlogFather" - the US post office knows which box to stuff it in.

So I've got that going for me.

I received both Wil Wheaton's book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, and Johnny Hughes poker novel, Texas Poker Wisdom.

I was going to do a proper write-up of Wil's book, but just allow me to state I read the whole damn thing in one sitting. He has a genuine gift for storytelling and the courage to share. Highly recommended.

So get off your ass and support a fellow blogger. Head over to Wil's site and buy his damn book.

Anyone who reads this here humble poker blog knows I'm a huge Johnny Hughes fan. But I've yet to dig into his book so I'll be back with a full report when I've done so.

And yes. I finally got my ass to the boat to play poker over this holiday break.

So I've got the live poker bug again.

Having a monster session after a sustained and concerted time away will do that, I suppose.

Every table at the Argosy was packed when I got there. The biggest limit game was 5.10 so I opted to sit in the $2/$5 $500 max buyin NL game, and unbelievably, didn't recognize a single player at the table. Weeeeee.

For someone whose mantra is lose early and win late, the opposite occurred on this evening when I doubled up with set over set in the first orbit. Crimeny, I thought, why did I go back to work again?

I did, however, misplay a hand later on as badly as I've EVER misplayed a hand. It's pretty embarrassing considering I didn't just misread the board - I failed to identify the nuts. Literally gave away $200 on a river raise that the minute I pushed my chips in, realized what a horrific mistake I was making.

I really should recount the hand for you so you can cringe right along with me, but alas, I don't do hand histories here.

You know that moment when you are closing the car door and realizing you're locking your car keys in the car?

It was exactly like that.

But hell, it ultimately served two purposes. One, it knocked me out of my poker reverie and got me back into focusing on the game at hand, and two, my table mates (after seeing me table my mistake in the above hand) clearly thought this was my first time ever playing poker and refused to respect any of my raises the rest of the evening. +EV.

So there was that. But I'm still surprised I fucked up that hand like that.

As always, complacency is my nemesis in poker. But I'll be damned if I'm not gonna get back into playing more seriously. I've always considered poker the greatest hobby in the world - it's been said many, many times here in this blog.

I think the combination of playing for a living, then going back to work and then the legislation passing last fall just took all the wind out of my sails.

I needed a break.

But now is different. It's been a year. I have a great job and don't have to worry about grinding out my nut. And besides, I had mucho fun talking thru some hands and tough poker situations with poker buddies after my session. It really can be just for fun and continuing to learn again.

I've truly forgotten how much I love this damn game.

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