Saturday, December 17, 2016

Time out

As far as poker is concerned, I've been going through a brutal downswing. I am therefore taking an enforced break and will be spending the winter studying for my GED.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Poker Hall of Shame XI

Congratulations to our new inductees, all of them key players in the 2016 WSOP Main Event :

Cliff Josephy : For leading the charge against "speech play" artist Will Kassouf, calling him a clown.

Gordon Vayo : For embellishing stories against Kassouf to gain group approval.

Michael Niwinski : For refusing to shake Kassouf's hand after the latter's elimination.

Griffin Benger : For his puerile outburst and behavior during the AA vs KK hand.

Jack Effel : For totally abusing his tournament director powers.

Will Kassouf, who introduced a breath of fresh air into an otherwise dull telecast, is the real hero here. So, I'll be rooting for Qui Nguyen to take it all down.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Setup on Table 10

I hate when a player asks for a new setup, or new deck of cards. I am, however, guilty of another form of setup, which I employ when I find the table needs an injection of humor. So, with the help of a cooperative dealer, the following went down on Table 10 last night :

Dealer : You're looking happy tonight.

Me : I just spent 2 hours screwing my girlfriend and her twin.

Dealer : How can you tell them apart?

Me : Her brother's got a moustache.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 Poker Hall of Fame

The ten finalists for the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame were revealed yesterday. They are (alphabetically) :

Chris Bjorin
Humberto Brenes
Todd Brunson
Eli Elezra
Bruno Fitoussi
Chris Moneymaker
Carlos Mortensen
Max Pescatori
Matt Savage
David "Devilfish" Ulliott

The above list of names will be submitted to the 25 living Hall of Fame members and a 20-person media panel later this month for voting, and 2 will be inducted.

There are names that I believe do not belong on the list, while I can think of a few names that should be on the list. And why the fuck have I been overlooked again? I fulfill all the criteria :

  1. A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  2. Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  3. Played for high stakes
  4. Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  5. Stood the test of time

Maybe next year.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back from Rio

I've been away with the US Olympic Equestrian team and am looking forward to playing some poker again. This is my 4th Summer Olympics on the team, and no, I didn't win any medals - my job is to clean up after the horses.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Haven't played much poker lately thanks to a horrific stretch of runbad and coolers, which not only completely drained my bankroll, but now manifests itself in psychosomatic symptoms such as constant fatigue and occasional bouts of priapism.

Monday, June 27, 2016

QQ and the flop

It seems like every time I have QQ, an ace or king appears on the flop. This is substantiated by the math which puts the percentage at 41.43%. There is therefore the tendency to either check on the flop, or even fold when faced with a bet when an ace or king flops.

However, invoking Bayes' Theorem, the probability that our opponent is holding at least one ace, given that there is at least an ace on the flop, is 12.1%. This is the figure to keep in mind before thinking about ditching the ladies.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Slowrolling a slowroller

There's a 2/5 regular at the Aria who is notorious for his slowrolling. That and his constant walking from the table. He'll play for 10 minutes and then disappear for half an hour, especially when he's up.

So last week, holding QQ in a heads-up pot against this guy with betting pre-flop, post-flop and on the turn, I finally went all-in for my last $230 on the river. The board was ten high and jerkoff says "call", so I turn over my queens. Rather than show his cards, he slowly and methodically counts out the $230, $25 stacks at a time, a process that lasts about 10 seconds, and pushes it forward. Then, apparently as an afterthought, he turns over AA.

Fast forward to last night. Asshat raises to $25, there are 3 callers so I call rather loosely with 9s6s on the button. I put dickwad on AK or QQ+.

Flop : Ts Qs 4h

Shithead bets $75, and there are 2 callers including myself.

Turn : 8c

I now have a well-disguised gutshot to go with my flush draw. Fuckface bets $100, and only I call.

River : 7h

Bingo! Douchebag glances over at my remaining $132, counts out $125 and pushes it across the line. There's no way he has J9, so I effectively have the nuts. I start the Hollywooding which is basically tanking accompanied by occasional head shaking and audible muttering.

I slowly count out $125, stare pitifully at the remaining $7 and shake my head again. At least 2 minutes have gone by, but I am not worried about any possible later reaction from the rest of the table as I don't have the nuts.

Another minute passes, and rather than just calling and having him show first and then slowroll him again, I decide that he has had enough, and opt for the extra $7 by going all-in. He calls, I show, and he flings his cards angrily into the muck. If looks could kill.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Quick as lightning

I've found a very lucrative busking site, well away from the usual spots like the pedestrian overpasses. With accordion in hand, I will wade into the knee-depth water of the Venetian canal and, with my perfect musical ear, quickly start accompanying the singing gondolier. I then follow the gondola till either I get tipped or fended off by a threatening paddle.

This has enabled me to significantly increase my daily income, and on Wednesday I was even able to afford the $100 minimum buy-in at Aria's 1/3 to join visiting blogger, lightning36, in a session of cards. Needless to say, I went broke after a few hands, but at least lightning36 had a profitable night.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Vignette IX

I hope you'll prove me wrong.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Playing the rail - the mental game

When I get stacked in a cash game, rather than head home, I find it very cathartic to stand on the rail and curse quietly at the player that busted me. This ritual usually lasts about 5 minutes, though it can stretch out to 20 minutes or more, particularly after a nasty suckout.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Playing a very, very short stack in a cash game

Quite often, in fact almost always, I lack the financial resources to top up my stack during a cash game. After months of extensive research, I have developed a strategy of playing a very, very short stack (3 to 5 big blinds), and will be presenting it in an upcoming free webinar. Further details to come.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Still looking

No luck so far on the job front, and it's certainly not from a lack of trying. This afternoon I'll be hanging out (figuratively) at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock, trying to see if I can land a gig as an extra - you know, like in a crowd scene or something.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Top 10 Bestselling Poker Books of 2015

Following up on last year's infographic of the best selling poker books from 2014 (according to Amazon), here is the 2015 version.

This time we see Jonathan Little dominating with 3 books in the top 10. Sklansky is still there, although he's slipped from first place. For a list of more poker books plus some other great content, do yourself a favor and head over to YourHandSucks.