Saturday, September 30, 2006

Man, I suck at PLO H/L

What:WPBT PLO Tourney
WPBT POY Event #9 - Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
When:Sunday, October 1, 2006 9:00 PM
Where:Full Tilt Poker


...and most other forms of poker as well [sigh].


So, you've probably noticed by now the new ads for CDPoker and Noble Poker. I could go into a long description of how I came to put these up, but long story short is that I let myself be convinced to give their affiliate deal a try for a month, even with knowing that affiliate deals never work for me. So, prove me wrong and click through my ads and sign up so I'm not giving away free advertising, eh?

And the CDPoker ad? Yeah, when I picked it out I was using my own computer with it's cheap-o monitor and just thought the silhouette of the nude woman was kinda cool. Last night, I was looking at it on my father-in-law's computer with a slightly better monitor and 19" of real estate, and threw up a little in my mouth - I could see nipple!

Anyway, I'll get around to changing it soon. Or, maybe not. Maybe I'll just keep using the words "Nude" and "Woman" and "Nipple" for search engine optimization purposes. Depends on whether I get click-throughs and sign-ups. You know she'll go out with you if you play 300 hands on CDPoker, right?*

*This may not be true.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Publishers and publicists...

I need some pokah books to read. I write some pretty decent reviews about them if you send them to me. I almost never write a review if I have to pay for them. See?

Deadman's Poker, James Swain
Deadman's Bluff, James Swain
Take Me To The River, Peter Alson
Swimming With The Devilfish, Des Wilson

I also like pokah strategery books, but I’ve read most of the standard fare already. However, if your author has a new way to play AK in late position after a raise from a tight player, feel free to send it along. Contact me at


I continue to be underemployed, but I like the job. That’s all I’m going to say about that since I let it slip at work about having a blog.


Still playing only sporadically, and only break-even. I consider that to be a small miracle given how little table time I get these days. I’m desperately in need of practice, and find I bore quickly at the tables these days. Having re-learned that bluffing at the $5 SNGs on Party is a BAD THING, sitting and waiting for the right hand in the right position at the right point in the SNG is a snooze-fest. Bubble-play is the only fun part for me.

I’m even getting bored writing about how bored I get. And you’re getting bored reading about it. I can tell.


I’m starting to catch snippets of the WSOP on ESPN, finally. Sad to say, I was horribly busy at work and missed most of the reports (but I did my part in pimping them!). So, I decided I would just skip over them so I can enjoy the broadcasts without knowing the what’s going to happen.

Probably a bad idea. Jamie Gold is really coming across as a tool. To me, anyway. I think his opponents keep going all-in with him because they are trying to get away from the table before committing suicide if they have to listen to his obnoxious ass one more minute. I hope ESPN is just doing this through the magic of editing, because I’d hate to think someone that behaves like that is going to be the “representative” of poker to the public.

I know, I’m sounding like such a dilettante. And, I spelled it right, too. I think.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Making time for poker.

Playing ok, but a bad run over the weekend kinda sucked. That ship is righted.

I want to play, but getting those multi-hour sessions in these days is pretty tough. One SNG a day makes it tough to work on my game and get in any kind of rhythm.


A good doctor visit this afternoon has me feeling good about myself. My weight is in control (down 59 lbs on the doc's scale), and I'm gearing up for my next big push starting Setember 23. You've gotta wait to find out what's so special about September 23.

Work has me feeling good, too. Being under-employed and working retail sales truly sucks, but the key word is "employed". It also helps that my salesmanship is getting stronger every week. They rank everyone in the district by sales productivity ($/hr), and I started out in 6th amongst my peers (~20 people), and move up a spot each pay period. I'm in the top 10 when ranked against everyone in the district (~150 people). My confidence is high again, and I'm ready to push again on the job-hunt for the career position. I think I might enjoy moving into account management or B2B sales, if that opportunity shows up.


We took the biggettes out for a treat after dinner tonight - gelato! On the way to the store Mrs. Big and I started wondering "What ever happened to ______?" This guy was someone that Mrs. Big knew who worked for a major insurer and contracted through another common friend to have Mrs. Big sub-contract on some training and development projects. A few years later, the common friend announced that, after a long investigation, the guy had been arrested for embezzlement. He'd been submitting fake invoices for consulting projects and the common friend had been dragged through hell because he'd somehow gotten these projects they'd worked on into his paper trail to the tune of $300K.

Yeah, we never saw any of that.

Anyway, he did time, a couple years worth. And, wouldn't you know it, he walks through the door of the store as we were finishing.

Mrs. Big panicked and ran to the bathroom. I'd never met the man, so he didn't pay me any mind. Mrs. Big came back out, avoided eye contact and hit the door.

Weird. Twilight zone weird.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

BSN, thy name is FISH

Does anyone on Party ever fold? Ever?

The lessons I have to keep learning... yes sir, your third pair is good on a board with overs, straight possibilities, flush possibilities, and 2/3 of your remaining chips to call the tightest player at the table...

So, here's a question for the masses - what do you do when you KNOW - KNOW- what they are holding, and you know there is no way someone that KNOWS poker can call, do you bluff at the river anyway when the first two bullets missed?

Why, oh why, can't I keep a lesson learnt? Why must I continue to re-learn them over and over?


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Toes, meet water...

So, dipped my toes back in the poker pool this past weekend after a few weeks break. After working 14 straight days, 10 hrs per day, on my feet the entire time, I wasn't up for anything except sweet blissful sleep.

This working for a living is getting in the way of my vices.

So, with a little break and some found money over at Party, I enjoyed a pleasant reunion with the poker gods. 5 of 7 in the SNGs with 2 wins. I'll take it.

Didn't see many great starting hands, but I did catch lucky in two SNGs when I put my money in way behind. Again, I'll take it.

Hey, if you haven't seen it yet, Adam has a new poker-matchmaking site up:

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Great Quote

"When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win."
  -- Ed Macauley