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  • Golden Gate is Shaking Things Up Again
    Golden Gate is back in action again with some dramatic changes and a new casino expansion. We took a peek behind-the-scenes at what were, until recently, walled off areas of Golden Gate’s casino floor. The casino’s floor is expanding into the space previously occupied by Du-Par’s restaurant. cloudinary_imgThu, 28 Jun 2018, 10:49 PM
  • Take a Walk Along a Las Vegas Casino Surveillance Catwalk
    It’s rare when you see something you’ve never seen before, but gird your loins, you’re about to. A few years back, before Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall (originally Barbary Coast) was gutted to become the Cromwell, we got to stroll the casino’s old-school, labyrinthine catwalk. cloudinary_imgWed, 6 Jun 2018, 01:41 AM
  • Triple Zero Roulette Debuts at Planet Hollywood and New York-New York and Everything Is Ruined
    Triple zero roulette has been introduced at two casinos in Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and New York-New York. Venetian got the first triple zero roulette table (two, actually) on The Strip back in Oct. 2016, and it seemed inevitable the much-reviled game would proliferate. That it has. Here’s a look at the triple zero roulette table at Planet Hollywood. Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 11:30 PM
  • Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Roulette
    Roulette is one of the most entertaining, and accessible, games in a Las Vegas casino. Even seasoned roulette players will be surprised by some of the fascinating aspects of the game we’ve hastily slapped together. cloudinary_imgTue, 26 Dec 2017, 12:11 AM
  • Station Casinos Tests Cardless Loyalty Club System That Could Change Everything
    Easily one of the most annoying things about gambling in casinos is the loyalty club card shuffle. Carry. Insert. Insert again. Insert again, with profanity. Leave behind. Stand in line to replace. Repeat. With all the technology at our fingertips, it’s baffling why players must continue to wrestle with plastic cards to get what’s coming to them. Station Casinos feels your pain and is doing something about it. Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 11:19 PM
  • Cromwell Rolls Out Eatwell Snack Bar, Sports Book and Enticing Games
    For a small, boutique hotel, The Cromwell has made some big moves recently. To start, The Cromwell unveiled a new snack bar, Eatwell. cloudinary_imgTue, 26 Sep 2017, 12:45 AM
  • 11 Casino Dice Security Measures to Keep Players From Cheating
    About 20 minutes after dice were invented, fashioned from the ankle bones of hooved animals, somebody cheated using dice. The tradition of trying to swindle casinos continues to this day, so casinos take extraordinary measures to prevent players from cheating, especially at the craps table. Because players handle and shoot the dice, craps is the only casino game where patrons have complete control over the outcome of a wager. In other cases, it’s a machine or wheel or dealer. Dice, then, are an...

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017, 01:48 AM

  • Golden Gate Casino Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Expansion
    Downtown’s Golden Gate has revealed an expansion that nearly doubles the size of its casino floor, including the addition of about 100 new slot machines. Golden Gate’s expansion encompasses the space formerly occupied by the La Bayou casino and an alley. You’ll want to see our “before” photos of the construction, of course. cloudinary_imgMon, 28 Aug 2017, 10:46 PM
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Gambling With An Edge
  • Looking at 9-5 Double Double Bonus Poker with Multiple Progressives
    The Vegas Stats and Information Network radio studio is located in the middle of the South Point casino floor, and periodically I’ve been a guest of the early morning show hosted by Paul “Paulie” Howard and Mitch Moss. Paulie mentioned that he found the DDB progressives interesting and wanted me to talk on the show […] The post Looking at 9-5 Double Double Bonus Poker with Multiple Progressives appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 02:36 PM

  • New Developments in MS, NJ, OH, CO, and NY
    The sports wagering world is moving at a frenetic pace lately. It’s going to be hard to keep up. For instance, since my last blog post written four days ago, we’ve seen the following: New Jersey opened their fourth sports book – and knowledgeable players were none too happy with what they saw. Ohio introduced a bill to […] The post New Developments in MS, NJ, OH, CO, and NY appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 02:00 AM

  • What Can We Learn From New Jersey’s First Half-Month of Sports Betting?
    [Editor’s Note: Captain Jack is a long-time professional sports bettor and observer of the sports betting scene. He’s headquartered in New Jersey, so he’s witnessed the implementation of post-SCOTUS-decision sports wagering there and in Delaware, and is closely following developments across the country. This blog will concentrate on the growth of sports betting throughout the […] The post What Can We Learn From New Jersey’s First Half-Month of Sports Betting? appeared first on Gambling With An E...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 07:00 AM

  • Podcast – card counter Ryemo
    This week our guest is Ryemo (pronounced RYE-mo), who is a family man who plays blackjack full time without a partner. Ryemo is on the road playing about 500 hours per year, and talks honestly about the difficulties of life on the road, and long losing streaks. podcast  Click to listen – Alt-click to download […] The post Podcast – card counter Ryemo appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 04:00 PM

  • If It Looks Too Good to be True . . .  
    I just finished a two-part analysis of Maria Konnikova’s The Confidence Game where one of her warnings was (paraphrased) “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Very likely there’s something fishy going on.” Soon thereafter, a friend, “Sam,” who’s a knowledgeable video poker player, sent me the following pay schedule on […] The post If It Looks Too Good to be True . . .   appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 09:36 AM

  • Podcast – Poker Pro, Tony part 2
    Bob and Richard visit with poker player Tony in the second of two back-to-back interviews. We speak of how the UIGEA and Bitcoin regulation are related, cheating in poker, online tells, and being clipped in a European strip club. podcast Click to listen – Alt-click to download Show Notes     The post Podcast – Poker Pro, Tony part 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 5 Jul 2018, 04:00 PM

  • A Look at The Confidence Game – Part 2 of 2
     Two weeks ago, I explained why I found Maria Konnikova’s book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time, worthy of study. Today I’m going to pick and choose among some of the parts of the book. Konnikova has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a writer for The New […] The post A Look at The Confidence Game – Part 2 of 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 3 Jul 2018, 09:10 AM

  • High Stakes vs Low Stakes Poker and the American Casino Guide
    In the latest episode of Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick the duo interview Vegas Eric who talks about his 15 years of high stakes poker as well as the rise and fall of a high stakes player.  His highs and lows are discussed in depth as he opens up about his return to […] The post High Stakes vs Low Stakes Poker and the American Casino Guide appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 11:54 AM

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  • Dems Da Breaks… at the WSOP
    Joe Cada stepped outside into the 107-degree Las Vegas heat for a quick reprieve from the intensity of the Amazon Room. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion was deep into another historic run at the 2018 Main Event, and when a 20-minute break came after Level 26, Cada unassumingly exited the Amazon Room and slipped outside through another set of doors at the Rio Convention Center. Cada was the biggest name remaining in the field of about 70 players at that point, but no one noticed as he exited pas...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 08:37 AM

  • Some Good Karma at the South Point Poker Room
    All too often we hear negative stories from the poker tables. Bad beats, bad karma, bad players, a bad run. Those familiar with this poker site know that rather than focus on the bad in poker, Cardplayer Lifestyle prefers to showcase the positive side of the game we all love. It’s with that in mind that I’m happy to share with you a brief story about good karma, which happened to me about a week and a half ago while playing at the poker room at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Wed, 11 Jul 2018, 12:07 AM
  • 3 Top Tips to Improve Your Live Tournament Results
    No Limit Hold’em is a very diverse game, and there is a world of difference between playing cash games and tournaments even though the basic rules of the game itself don’t change. Likewise, playing live poker tournaments is quite different from playing online MTTs, and there are certain adjustments that can help you improve your performance in a live setting. This article brings you three top tips that will boost both your confidence and your ROI in live poker tournaments and what to consider wh...

    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 12:34 PM

  • Poker Tips By George: Bad Beat Pocket Aces
    Playing poker, our main objective usually is to win as many chips as possible. That said, there are some special, unique circumstances in which you may actually want to lose a pot while holding pocket Aces. cloudinary_imgDuring certain specified hours, many poker rooms offer a bonus to a player who holds pocket Aces and is beat by an...

    Fri, 6 Jul 2018, 03:09 AM

  • First Ever Large-Scale Charity Poker Event in Israel Raises $180,000 for Special Needs Children
    A couple weeks ago, for the first time in Israel’s history, a Tel Aviv venue played host to a large-scale charity poker event. An initiative spearheaded by Israeli tennis legend and Grand Slam doubles champion Andy Ram, the event was put together to benefit special needs children through the Variety Fund. A total of 180 people showed up, ponying up $1,000 apiece for the opportunity to compete. The exclusive event was specifically geared towards the country’s business and hi-tech sector, with sea...

    Wed, 4 Jul 2018, 12:48 PM

  • 3 of the Most Popular Sports Bets Poker Players will Make By the End of 2018
    This is an exciting time in the United States for sports betting aficionados. With the repeal of PASPA, several states are exploring their options for sports betting. New Jersey and Delaware were prepared for the repeal and are already reaping the benefits of regulated sports betting. cloudinary_imgWed, 4 Jul 2018, 09:58 AM
  • Ask the Poker Experts: How Should You Prepare for Your First WSOP Main Event?
    Over the past two months, Cardplayer Lifestyle’s “Ask the Experts” series had touched upon the topics of online poker security as well as gaming industry developments. In this installment, we’re going to focus on the game of poker itself. As you all know, the World Series of Poker is currently running in Las Vegas. As every summer, the hallowed halls of the Rio once again take center stage with the Main Event set to begin within a week. Each year, thousands of hopefuls pony up $10,000 for their...

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 03:09 PM

  • The 2018 WiPHoF Ceremony: A Powerful Wake-up Call to the Poker Industry
    “Thank you so much for being here.” “You’re so sweet for coming today; thank you.” “I’m so grateful you came!” “So nice of you to come. It means the world to me!” One after another, Maria Ho, Lupe Soto, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and a handful of other legendary ladies of poker thanked me for having attended the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Time and time again, I was struck dumbfounded, wondering why on earth I was deserving of any sort of thanks. I was fortunate enough t...

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 06:02 PM

Anecdotes about Vegas, Low Stakes Poker, and the Characters Who Enjoy Both.
  • The Last Straw—Literally
    Well, not literallyliterally.  But almost literally.  I mean, literally closer to literally than 95% of the time you see people misuse the word literally. What the hell am I babbling about?  Well, I'll get to it, but first I gotta do some lead up to it.  Sorry about that, but I figure if you were the type of person that enjoyed poker blogs where the blogger got immediately to the point in a concise fashion, you'd be reading some other blog, not this one.Anyway, before I get to the point, I have...

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 06:12 PM

  • The Dreaded Pocket Kings, As Heard on TV
    Did you watch ESPN's WSOP coverage Friday night???  Did you miss this?  Lon McEarhern, long time ESPN poker play-by-play man, the voice of the WSOP, used a phrase that should be familiar to all readers of this blog.  Check it out:That's right, he said, The Dreaded Pocket Kings !!!  This was the night after that infamous hand that I discussed last time (here), which was Aces vs Kings vs Kings.(I apologize for the poor quality of the video, cell phone video taken directly off the screen of a dated...

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 06:15 PM

  • The Dreaded Pocket Kings (Squared)
    You saw it, right?  If not live then you surely saw it on poker media the next day, right?  The hand everyone's talking about, one of the most incredible hands of poker ever seen at the Main Event of the WSOP.  It happened Wednesday night.Just to recap, the situation was that there 10 players left in the main.  Play would stop as soon as one more player busted out, creating the official final table of nine.  Each of those nine would be guaranteed at least $1MM (now that's a min-cash I can deal w...

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 05:30 AM

Existentialist musings from Short-Stacked Shamus, an online poker player of (primarily) micro and low limits.
  • Book Announcement: Poker and Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game Coming 2...
    cloudinary_imgI have some fun news to share, and for some reason April 1 felt like a good day to share it. This one is a long time coming, something I’ve hinted at here on the blog a few times before. The “poker and pop culture” book is happening. No foolin’! (And no shinola.) The book...

    Mon, 2 Apr 2018, 10:57 AM

  • Return to Macau
    cloudinary_imgI have made the long voyage to Macau again, my first visit there since late 2012. Made it all of the way back, too. The first time I went was to cover the Asia Championship of Poker. This time I was there to help out covering the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau series (both for Po...

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 12:02 PM

  • The Humans and the Bots
    cloudinary_imgHad a thought today about the world in which we currently live. It was poker-related, too -- in fact, online poker-related -- so I figured I might share it here. Post-Black Friday my online poker playing essentially dwindled to some half-hearted noodling on a couple of the small, r...

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018, 07:19 PM

  • Sliding Back
    cloudinary_imgBack on the farm today after a week-and-a-half in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, so I thought I would slide back in here for a quick check-in. It’s called the “PCA” again after that one-year trial by PokerStars with new names and different branding, and I know many are pleased we’...

    Wed, 7 Mar 2018, 01:42 PM

  • Poker and Bluffing in Alas, Babylon
    cloudinary_imgWe’ve had a pretty good month here on the farm. Elsewhere, too, as earlier this month I made another trip over to Prague for the latest PokerStars tournament series. As you might have heard, after a one-year trial with the different branding they’re bringing back the old “EPT,” “LAPT,” and “APPT” des...

    Tue, 2 Jan 2018, 08:49 AM

  • A Different “Chris Ferguson Challenge”
    cloudinary_imgWhen I started this blog in 2006, blogs were much more of a “thing.” Heck, so was poker, especially online poker. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was still a few months away from slithering into our lives in the dead of night as a surreptitious supplement to another, unrelated bill. And it wou...

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 10:59 AM

  • Down the JFK Rabbit Hole
    cloudinary_imgOver the last several years I’ve spent an unexpected amount of time rooting around the John F. Kennedy assassination rabbit hole. As have many, and as many more will continue to do for a long, long time. It could’ve only happened one way, right? There’s a single, unequivocal reality down in that rabbit hole...

    Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 11:26 AM

  • Short Trip Report
    cloudinary_imgI was in Maryland last week helping cover a World Poker Tour event, the WPT Maryland Live! one in Hanover (near Baltimore). In contrast to most trips I only had to take a short flight up from Charlotte for this one. Indeed, the flight took less time than did my drive from the farm to the airport. Was gre...

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 06:20 AM

Here is where I chronicle my poker adventures on my journey to becoming a competent poker player. Don't expect anything too serious, but wise words from a fool are no less wise.
  • Event#37 part 2
    1350+ entries... Day 2I got up early for day 2, a bit nervous. But more nervous when I saw my table draw. Most had cashed in WSOP events and Aaron Massey on my direct right with a crap-ton of chips. Lucky for me, we were both card dead... There are now 9 to the money and he raises from the cutoff to 2.4x BB. I am the button and have AKs... The two blinds on my left are very active, especially the small blind. So this is a 100% raise, but how much? I have about 30BB.I thought about it for about 3...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 05:42 PM

  • A really, really good Vegas trip - Event#37 part 1
    I've traveled to Vegas many a time, but I dont recall a time where while I was coming back, I really, really wanted to stay...I flew in Father's Day and instead of playing poker, went to Hoffbrau house and then went to see Absinthe. Money well spend.Was up fresh and early for the Event #37. I was calm and collected and had a plan. I played fairly loose the first two levels, especially from position. I ran my $7500 stack up to $10k, but then could not get 88 off TT65 board. I checked the river kn...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 03:24 PM

  • Event #37 is almost here
    ok, fine. So I only get to go to Vegas for 4 days and play in 1 event. I am a rec. Not much I can do about it now... I've put in some solid study time in the past few months, shipping the $25 6 max knockout MTT twice, and really have a good feel for ranges.Regardless of all of that, I haven't cashed in an online MTT large field in like a month. I've been playing the early levels well, but in the middle levels, I am not sure what is happening. Last night, I am not sure I could have avoided losing...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 05:49 AM

  • Musing (and rambling) about GTO trends
    Just like everyone else in the poker world, I am absorbing two big trends. The Button Ante and GTO play. On the Button Ante: I think this is a LIVE ONLY necessity, to insure more hands per level. If that is the results of this, the extra nuances are well worth it. Do I play differently because of it? I think I am more willing to attach weak BBB defender in middle levels of an MTT. Now on to GTO. I have been working with range building and identification of for a few months now. I do like how the...

    Fri, 25 May 2018, 09:55 AM

  • Again, Laydown?
    10/20 NL - Holdem - 9 players $25 MTTCO: 747 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 4)Hero (BTN): 742 BBSB: 575.75 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)BB: 757.5 BB (VPIP: 75.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)UTG: 923.75 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 25.00, 3Bet Preflop: 50.00, Hands: 4)UTG+1: 757 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)MP: 750 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)MP+1: 750 BBMP+2: 747.5 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR...

    Thu, 17 May 2018, 03:42 PM

  • Laydown?
    This hand had been haunting me...I have $11k which is below the avg of $12k. $125/$250/$25 levelSeat 21: Big Blind (13,480 in chips)Seat 219: UTG (9,650 in chips)Seat 170: UTG+1 (3,363 in chips)Seat 70: UTG+2 (31,794 in chips)Seat 175: UTG+3 (7,815 in chips)Seat 247: UTG+4 (27,100 in chips)Seat 187: UTG+5 (9,000 in chips)Seat 25: Dealer [ME] (10,896 in chips)Seat 154: Small Blind (6,480 in chips)Dealer [ME] : Card dealt to a spot [Qs Jc] UTG : FoldsUTG+1 : FoldsUTG+2 : FoldsUTG+3 : Call 250 UTG+...

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018, 04:06 PM

  • Two discussion Hands
    First Hand:MTT 150/300/25 level. Cutoff ($22k) limps for $300 (I see this alot when players build an above average stack they try to see flops and either hit hard or fold)SB ($11k) Raises to $1300. (I find the amount interesting...)I am in the BB with JJ and $12k. With 40BB, this hand starts off more like a cash hand... But I have 3 options here and 2 of them suck hard. Folding JJ to a SB raise over a limp is not worth considering. And Calling seems out of the question, as you will automatically...

    Thu, 4 Jan 2018, 11:57 AM

  • and now the cronicle of bad
    When you dont bring your A game attention for whatever reason, you get results like this...Hand 1 : LEVEL I of MTT. Flop two pair, and turn a boat. Villain bets out turn making $5k in pot with $5k behind. I shove. Not even with a delay, but like a child grabbing a piece of candy. Online, standard. Live 3 table MTT??? I fold him out too much. I should have bet $2k or $2500 river in tighter online scenario. (overall, a minor mistake)Hand 2 : Call a LP raise with A2 in the BB. Flop is KTx. He c-bet...

    Mon, 6 Nov 2017, 01:51 PM

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  • Poker In Wonderland
    Instead of being in Vegas as planned, I was in another of my favourite places. Galway. Galway is my second home. Or my first one, I suppose. I was delighted, ...

    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 07:38 AM

  • Colette Doherty, The Legend And The Laughter
    I walked into the Eccentric’s Club in Dublin for the first time in the mid eighties. It wasn’t much to look at. Just a couple of floors over a shop ...

    Tue, 6 Mar 2018, 12:32 PM

  • Let's Give Something Back
    Last weekend I attended a fundraising/awareness raising poker night in Clifden for Pieta House. Clifden is so far west in Ireland that it’s nearly in New York. In fact, the ...

    Tue, 5 Sep 2017, 10:18 AM

  • Looking Older Every Day!
    The first event of the Irish Open festival was a phase 1 and Day 1 of the Dusk Till Dawn 6 millions guaranteed tournament. (sponsored by partypoker and played to ...

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017, 05:58 AM

  • Irish Poker, The Way We Were
    Looking at the upcoming stuff in Dublin (the Millions, the Irish Open, the JP Masters and the partypoker Grand Prix), I can’t help smiling and thinking of the pioneers who ...

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 02:52 PM

  • Travel Advice Irish Style
    One afternoon in the noughties, I strolled into the bar in the Aviation Club de Paris to find the Irish poker community in town had increased by two, and almost ...

    Fri, 3 Feb 2017, 10:44 AM

  • Cocktails
    The success of the partypoker /Dusk Till Dawn Killarney GPPT demonstrated just how much the grassroots in Ireland treat poker as a celebration of being alive. It was shown to ...

    Thu, 17 Nov 2016, 09:01 AM

  • Leprechauns And Fairy Tales, A True Story
    I don’t know where leprechaun stories started, but after a week at the hilarious Dusk Till Dawn Partypoker sponsored GPPT Ireland event in Killarney, I’d bet the farm it was ...

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 11:23 AM

All the things I hate about the game I love
  • Deuce-Four wins again
    This time it was the final winning hand in the WSOP Millionaire Maker :https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2018-wsop/event-21-millionaire-maker/...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 04:17 AM

  • Some news about TBC Tony
    Some of you have already heard that Tony was arrested and jailed yesterday. I learned of it from this tweet:Tony Bigcharles (@sevencard2003) was arrested this afternoon in what appears to be a charge related to a blog post he made today. pic.twitter.com/mZNvj3iki1— John Mehaffey (@John_Mehaffey) April 30, 2018The blog post in question is here. This is its final paragraph:Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 09:56 AM
  • Memphis MOJO on the Mighty Deuce-Four
    Good story here:http://pokerandbridge.blogspot.com/2018/01/wsop-circuit-is-in-tunica.html...

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018, 11:47 AM

  • Life update
    I adopted a second cat. His name is Oliver. He's had a hard life. He was abandoned by persons unknown, and left to die--and he very nearly did. He has no teeth and no tail. But now he'll have enough love that it won't matter.cloudinary_imgcloudinary_imgMon, 23 Oct 2017, 03:03 PM
  • Confederate monuments
    I can recall only one unexpected encounter with a Confederate monument.In December 2015, Nina and I went for a hike in Pinnacle Park, near the town of Sylva, NC. Afterward, we decided to poke around the town and see what was there. We quickly found our way to what seemed to be the highest point: the courthouse. From the front of the building, there's a spectacular view down the main drag, with mountains in the background, as seen below. If I took a photo of that view, I didn't save it, but here'...

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 03:43 PM

  • Frederick Douglass on immigration
    Warning: No poker content.Last night I started reading this book:cloudinary_imgI bought it, after it had sat on my Amazon wish list for a long time, because I was reminded about Douglass by Donald Trump's embarrassing reference to him yesterday.I'll mostly read it in order, but I first turned to an 1869 speech...

    Thu, 2 Feb 2017, 06:45 AM

  • PokerNews article #147
    On how good sleep can be your secret weapon for better poker.https://www.pokernews.com/strategy/sleep-better-play-better-how-sleep-affects-your-poker-26969.htm...

    Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 09:11 AM

  • PokerNews article #146
    Six ways in which cooperation is a virtue in poker ...

    Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 08:11 AM

High On Poker
  • Old Habits
    It’s amazing how easy it is to fall into old patterns. When online poker effectively died in the US, I found myself with a lot more free time.  I started to play more video games, do more art, and my home was well attended. Then something happened. Dave Roose of many a poker trip texted me about his friend’s online game. $40 buy-in paid via a third party system to correspond with “play money” tournaments on Pokerstars. The group ballooned to 30 or so members but games rarely got more than 10 and...

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 09:40 AM

  • Woe is the Man Who Wins Too Much
    I’m back to the online poker grind. In some ways, its exactly as it used to be. In other ways its starkly different. The similarity lies in the fact that it took very little time for me to fall back into my old ways. Pretty much every night, I’m hoping to find a game. Likewise, if there is a game running, I really want to be in it. On several Sundays, when I have sat down with wifey Kim to watch one of the few shows we agree upon – The Walking Dead – I have had the laptop on my lap with poker ru...

    Mon, 9 Apr 2018, 02:19 PM

  • Going Back to School
    Even at the highest levels of sports, with the top players in the world, you’ll still find a whole team of coaches and personal trainers waiting in the wings. That’s because no matter good you are at what you do, you can always get better. There are always new skills you can learn and existing skills that you can sharpen up to improve your game. And the same is true of poker. At the PokerStars School, you’ll get the chance to become the best player you can be, whether you are already a leading,...

    Mon, 9 Apr 2018, 12:07 PM

  • Mind the Poker
    Last night, once I confirmed that wifey Kim planned to spend her evening engaged in a television program of which I had no interest, I decided to play in the almost nightly online poker game mentioned in the last post. I signed on at 8:33pm, and found that an 8:30 tournament was running with 6 players with 7 minutes left for late registration. I entered the game and prepare to lose my $40. I’ve played this game already a handful of times, but have yet to cash. In one of my first tourneys (maybe...

    Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 09:05 AM

  • What to do when playing live for the first time
    Many poker players, even professionals, face serious difficulties when transitioning from online playing to live events, or the other way around. Even starting with live playing can be overwhelming, especially at those big tournaments heavily packed with strong personalities. While nothing beats the real experience in those situations, there are certainly some steps to undertake before diving into the unknown. Even if you have never played the game under any circumstances, the difference between...

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 08:20 AM

  • The Return of Pantsless Poker
    I have a secret to tell. I’ve been playing online poker. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. It’s illegal! This all came about around a month ago. Good pal o’ mine Dave Roose sent me a text about how his friend, who I will call Minty, has been hosting an online poker game at a free-to-play site, but with real world money implications. The tournament, which runs fairly randomly, but also fairly often, is a $40 buy-in. Fortunately, Roose vouched for me and Minty trusted me, so I pay after the tournament via...

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 08:17 AM

  • How Samuel Traded Smoking for Poker
      Samuel is a guy whose dense friends believe that he will one day conquer the heights of the poker world. From his recent local performances, they believe that Samuel has all it takes to be a poker “star”. Yes, he is talented and seems to be a promising poker player, but how he got started playing poker is a rather strange story. Samuel was born in an upper-middle-class household. He was born almost ten years after his parent’s marriage because they suffered from some infertility problems. For...

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017, 06:32 AM

  • Juror Tells
    I’m currently in the middle of a three week trial. One of the main aspects of the defense is that our client is lying about his injuries. The defendants telegraphed that they would be attacking my client’s credibility in all sources of ways, many of which are irrelevant or, at most, tangential, to the case itself. Things like repeatedly making reference to my client’s girlfriend since he is still married (but separated), attacking the institution from which he earned his degrees, and claiming th...

    Mon, 9 Oct 2017, 11:09 AM

Waffles adventures living with marines
  • Brutal
    Brutal run of 10 losses in a row finally kicked in my destructive streak. Blah. Anyways building it back up.. Going to play out the $30 I have remaining. Still cashed out $50 earlier so am only down a few bucks..Going to become a $4 Omaha cash specialist. OMG. It totally hit my gambooler streak today.. lost 4 buyins then came roaring back and won 7. 6-Max Omaha is fun as fuck at the $4 level.. but probably not gonna live long on my $30... Anyways the side effect of this is I get to play a lot of...

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 05:25 AM

  • Meltdown Smeltdown
    So I failed to make my goal this week. Not the most horrible thing in the world but still disappointing in week 2. I did have a nice meltdown on Saturday that did not help. Basically ate up my profits for the week then fought back and got my losses back. I kept getting so fucked so far up my ass with stupid people calling with bullshit hands and going runner runner on me.Anyway that is poker. I am implementing a 2 game stop loss. If I lose two in a row I take a short break and peek at cute anime...

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018, 05:44 AM

  • Hahahaha I am so fucked
    Still winning. Slightly less than 50% cash rate. Still up $67 this week playing 6.60s on a $150 bankroll (now $117).. Still feels like I am a loser bwahahahaha.. oh my. I am gonna like get two 1st places in a row and then be like I be killin it bitches immma ballah your moms!!!! 1st 2 2nd 5 3rd 2 4th 6 5th 3 6th 7th 2 8th 9th Until then.. peace out..

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 04:52 AM

  • SNG Continued Fun
    Still mentally a fuckup. Still kinda losing more than I would like.. However now up like $62 for the week... and still 4 more days to hit the target of $100 for the week. I have been winning at about 50% right now.. some good and some bad ones. Won two in a row today thought. Got some quickies in this morning. Finally got my first 3rd place too! Was a cooler HU A9 vs AT I decided to shove.. he decided to call.. it is what it is.. SNGs 1st 2 2nd 4 3rd 1 4th 5 5th 2 6th 7th 1 8th 9th Hate that I a...

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 04:28 AM

  • Losing Streak
    A lot of you know me already but here is another look into the bad mentality that makes it hard for me to succeed in poker: I am on a losing streak.What do I mean by a losing streak? I am only up 44$ this week. I have lost like 2-3 SNGs in a row. My stats are 4-5 since I started taking notes. Big fucking losing streak right? Hell I even cashed in 88th place in a 780 person MTT. It was a eleven center for 1.10 but still..Fuck me if I have not gotten lucky too.. I mean first hand of my last first...

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018, 05:51 AM

  • The Good Things In Life
    The nice thing about playing poker online besides not having to drive 45 minutes to a casino... You can just sit there, doing an Al Bundy with your hand down your pants.. maybe picking your nose a few times.. and it's all good.. Nobody even looks twice at ya.The Global Poker cashout went perfectly. I applied on Friday night I think.. so I did not expect a response until Monday, on Monday they said they wanted a photo of my license not a scan.. so I sent that.. and by Tuesday the funds were sitti...

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018, 04:27 AM

  • Well that is a Weight off the Shoulders
    Bought in and pending my first cash out at Global Poker. Bought in for $100 and in my first week doubled up to $200 and cashing out $50. So far the cash out process is somewhat easy. It is kind of hard to find as you have to click buy coins.. then there is a cashout tab. Once you are verified via license and a bill from your address you get your cash back in PayPal. A fee is attached to payout apparently so will have to watch that. Will keep you informed as to how well this works.We all know tha...

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018, 10:04 PM

  • Going Well
    The upswing continues. I am hoping to be up a hundred by the end of the week and then cash out 50, and do it again to $300. I think making $100 a week would be pretty cool. I am not sure it's not possible at $6.60 SNGs. I am also not sure it is.. and I am usually hesitant to make these goals because if I start moving the other direction I get chasey.One other thing I am noticing. I had great success at the non-turbo games playing hard and just trying to make 3rd every game. I go on the site this...

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018, 07:46 AM

Poker. Travel. Repeat.
  • 2018 WSOP Photos
    Just some random pics from the 2018 WSOP. cloudinary_img Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 07:06 AM
  • Black Friday Anniversary
    On this day seven years ago I was visiting my wife’s family up in Phetchabun, Thailand. Phetchabun is a rural city about five hours north of Bangkok and it’s what I like to call “Real Thailand.” It’s yet to experience any sort of foreign tourism and still maintains many of the cultural charms Thailand was once famous for. We were there to celebrate Songkran, which is the Thai new year. It is both a religious period where people visit Buddhist temples and “renew” themselves spiritually as well as...

    Sun, 15 Apr 2018, 11:57 AM

  • The Blockchain Is Not a Product
    cloudinary_imgBack in the 1990’s there was a company called PointCast that thought it had discovered internet gold. Get this, they made a screen saver that pushed fr...

    Mon, 9 Apr 2018, 02:28 PM

  • I Quit Facebook Before It Was Cool to Quit Facebook
    The recent backlash against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal has made me all the more confident that one of my New Year’s resolutions to give up Facebook for 2018, was the correct choice. I created my account on Facebook in July 2007. I know this because Facebook tells me that is when I joined. And while it’s provided some utility to me over the following 10 or so years, I’ve never felt especially connected to Facebook. In fact, I’ve written about my rather meh attitude towa...

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 05:26 PM

  • Color Run Las Vegas 2018
    The wife and I have been doing the Color Run here in Las Vegas for the last several years.  Always a fun event with thousands of people.     cloudinary_imgSun, 25 Feb 2018, 03:35 PM
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  • Stanley Cup Finals Could Put Daniel Negreanu in a Bind
    Daniel Negreanu is a big, big Vegas Golden Knights fan. The expansion team is set to do something amazing, as they have reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year of existence. Negreanu has posted frequently about the team on his Twitter account, documenting the team's meteoric rise through the regular season and playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights have defeated the Los Angeles King...

  • The Stars Group Inc. Hits All-Time High on US Sports Betting News
    Shares of The Stars Group Inc. have hit an all-time high following the news that the US Supreme Court has ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional. Stars Group Inc., which trades as TSG on the NASDAQ stock exchange, is currently up almost 12% to $37.50 per share. The company, which recently announced a planned acquisition of Sky Betting and Gaming, is seen as one of t...

  • Market Applauds The Stars Group/Skybetting + Gaming Deal
    Analysts and the market in general have applauded The Stars Group's proposed takeover of Skybetting + Gaming, as shares of the Pokerstars parent company traded up over 14% on the NASDAQ today to close at $33.45. As a result of the market's positive reaction to the deal, The Stars Group Inc., which has a portfolio of assets that includes Pokerstars and the European Poker Tour, is now valued at ...

  • partypoker To Eliminate Rake on Bounty Element of PKO MTTs
    Earlier today, partypoker revealed that they would be eliminating the rake on the bounty element of all PKO (Progressive Knockout) MTTs for the next six months minimum. partypoker has said that they will make the change permanent if they receive enough support from the online poker community. These changes will go into effect on Sunday, May 6th, and will run until November at the very leas...

  • The Re-Emergence of Patrik Antonius
    Patrik Antonius is widely regarded as being one of the top poker players in the world, though his live tournament results never really told that story. The reason? Antonius stayed away from the live tournament grind for the most part, preferably to stick to online and live cash games. Over the past couple of months, however, things have changed, as we have suddenly seen much more of Antoni...

  • Pokerstars Introducing Split Hold'em
    If No Limit Hold'em is starting to bore you and Limit Hold'em makes you want to jump out of a window, Pokerstars may have the answer for you: Split Hold'em. Earlier this week, Pokerstars announced that they were launching the new poker variant on their site. The site also warned that this game will only be available for a limited period of time, though they will surely keep it if the game beco...

  • Justin Bonomo Moves Past $25 Million in Career Tournament Earnings Following Super High Roller Bowl...
    Justin Bonomo took down the biggest single cash of his career earlier today after topping Patrik Antonius in heads-up play to take down the Super High Roller Bowl China. The Super High Roller Bowl China was very well-attended, which ended up creating a total prize pool of nearly $20 million. Macau is very popular amongst high stakes players, so securing a strong turnout proved to be quite easy...

  • Next High Roller Series on Pokerstars Starts March 18th
    The next High Roller series on Pokerstars is getting started on Sunday, March 18th. In some ways, Pokerstars is upping the stakes, and in other ways, they are lowering them. Pokerstars is guaranteeing a total of $10 million for this High Roller Series. The series will have a total of 27 events this year (up from 22) and will be spread out over a total of nine days, starting on Sunday, Marc...

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