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  • 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
  • Golden Gate Expansion Nears Completion, Here’s a First Peek Inside
    Golden Gate’s expansion is in the home stretch, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside. cloudinary_imgFri, 18 Aug 2017, 01:57 AM
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Gambling With An Edge
  • Podcast – Tax Adviser Russell Fox
    Our guest this week is tax adviser Russell Fox.  Russell is a tax adviser with many professional gamblers as clients.  We talk about the new tax laws, and how they effect both professional gamblers, as well as the recreational player. podcast Click to listen – Alt-click to download Show Notes   The post Podcast – Tax Adviser Russell Fox appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 03:59 PM

  • A Look at The Confidence Game – Part 1 of 2
    For our May 31 Gambling with an Edge podcast, we interviewed Maria Konnikova, a journalist with a Ph.D. in psychology who worked with Eric Seidel to become more knowledgeable about poker and ended up winning several tournaments. Maria impressed both Richard Munchkin and me. Preparing for the interview, I learned that one of Konnikova’s books, […] The post A Look at The Confidence Game – Part 1 of 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 09:31 AM

  • Lessons from Backgammon, Part 2 of 2
    (Editor’s Note) We’ve just discovered that, due to a technical glitch, last-week’s Bob Dancer blog wasn’t posted. We’re putting it up now and will resume the usual schedule this week. Last week, I began a two-part article where I described important gambling lessons that I learned years ago while playing backgammon and that are still […] The post Lessons from Backgammon, Part 2 of 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 09:50 AM

  • Podcast – Super host Steve Cyr
    Bob and I talk to super-host Steve Cyr. We received many questions for hosts from our listeners, and many of them made it into the podcast. We will have Steve on again in the near future to address more of your questions. You can always submit questions to us at podcast  Click to listen […] The post Podcast – Super host Steve Cyr appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • Podcast – Listener emails
    We have no guest this week.  Bob and I answer listener emails, and then discuss lessons we learned about gambling from starting out in backgammon. podcast Click to listen – Alt-click to download Show Notes   The post Podcast – Listener emails appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 7 Jun 2018, 04:00 PM

  • WSOP 2018 Kick Off and the Blackjack Variants
    In the June 6th episode of Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie the duo talk about the first week of the WSOP 2018 as well as some current variations of the classic game of 21.  Also they talk about current Las Vegas conditions and what to expect in the rapidly decreasing amenities  of Las Vegas.  […] The post WSOP 2018 Kick Off and the Blackjack Variants appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 7 Jun 2018, 02:59 PM

  • Lessons from Backgammon, Part 1 of 2
    From 1974 through 1980, I averaged 80-100 hours per week playing or studying backgammon. For the next 12 years, I had a job (because I lost my bankroll playing backgammon) and reduced my backgammon time to an average of about 15 hours per week. In 1994, I began playing video poker and haven’t played significant […] The post Lessons from Backgammon, Part 1 of 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Tue, 5 Jun 2018, 10:05 AM

  • Podcast – Maria Konnikova
    Bob and Richard are joined by Maria Konnikova, a writer and psychologist who contracted with poker star Eric Seidel to teach her enough tournament poker so she could write a book about it. Turns out she was pretty good at poker. The book has been delayed as she pursues poker full time. podcast Click to […] The post Podcast – Maria Konnikova appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.

    Thu, 31 May 2018, 04:05 PM

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  • Top 7 Must-Attend Ladies Week Events in Las Vegas
    Ladies Week in Las Vegas. One could argue that every week in Las Vegas is a ladies’ week. But poker players know exactly what it means. It is the week of the summer, during the time of the World Series of Poker, that women descend upon Sin City with their poker bankrolls to play the game they love with like-minded women from around the world. cloudinary_imgWed, 20 Jun 2018, 10:49 PM
  • Daniel Negreanu’s MasterClass: 5 Reasons Why It’s Good For Poker
    It’s not often that one of poker’s best players chooses to put out strategy content, but that’s precisely what Daniel Negreanu did earlier this month, unveiling his new course being released under the “MasterClass” brand. For those who aren’t familiar, MasterClass is an online academy offering courses from experts on things ranging from screenwriting to, as of this month, poker. Other featured instructors include luminaries such as Gordon Ramsey, Malcolm Gladwell, Steve Martin, Ron Howard, Steph...

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 07:56 AM

  • WSOP: Bring on the Athletes!
    Las Vegas is still buzzing over the Golden Knights improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up another NBA title and look like an unstoppable basketball dynasty. As seasons come to a close in two of our major sports leagues here in the US, the 2018 World Series of Poker is in full swing. With NHL hockey, NBA basketball, and NFL football on hold for a few months, perhaps we once again see some of our favorite sports superstars show up at the biggest poker ev...

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018, 01:32 AM

  • PokerGO Original Series: Chasing Hearts | A Review
    This series of PokerGO’s original programming reviews is proudly brought to you by When I was asked to review Chasing Hearts on PokerGO, I instantly thought I was “taking one for the team,” as this looked like your typical Blind Date-style Reality TV show. On the surface, that’s the premise of the show: Reality TV dating meets poker. After having watched the show in its entirety, I can say that while it does fall a bit short in terms of the actual application of poker t...

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 01:31 AM

  • PokerGO Original Series: Pokerography | A Review
    This series of PokerGO’s original programming reviews is proudly brought to you by For poker fans, among the most entertaining and exciting things about the game is watching and learning about the people who play it professionally. No matter how many people are drawn to the game by its promises of competition, money, and world travel, the personalities of its most iconic players are what has kept the game relevant in popular culture. PokerGO’s Pokerography series tells...

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 09:50 AM

  • Doyle Brunson Retires: So long, Big Papa
    Appreciation and respect for the author, father, husband, legend, in the twilight of his poker career, riding off into the sunset. Ali Nejad Among the rarest moments for sports fans are the times we get to say a proper farewell to legends of the game as they step away from the limelight. While some stars exit with a whimper and slowly fade away as shadows of their former selves, truly mythical figures somehow manage to mount the grandest stages one final time and deliver not just something speci...

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 06:58 AM

  • PokerGO Original Series: Super High Roller Club | A Review
    This series of PokerGO’s original programming reviews is proudly brought to you by Super High Roller Club is a six-part video series in which we discover more about the lives of some of the most famous high roller poker players in the world. The six individuals featured are Brandon Adams, Nick Schulman, Farah Galfond, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, and Daniel Negreanu. Presented by Ali Nejad, the videos are each between 8-11 minutes long and split into two parts. Fi...

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 06:37 AM

  • PokerGO Original Series: Major Wager | A Review
    This series of PokerGO’s original programming reviews is proudly brought to you by After hemming and hawing for a while as to whether I should subscribe to PokerGO, I first took the plunge back in August 2017. Just a few days later, Major Wager was released, so it happened to be the first original series that I watched on the network. Hosted by Joey Ingram, it’s comprised of five episodes, each approximately 15 minutes in length, and it features a bevy of popular poker...

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018, 01:23 PM

Anecdotes about Vegas, Low Stakes Poker, and the Characters Who Enjoy Both.
  • Bad Beat Story
    Well my most recent cash session (as I write this) had an ugly finish.  My previous two cash sessions here in Vegas were both slightly profitable (after a rough start), and it appeared I might have a chance to make it three in a row after I started running well at Caesars Tuesday night.With Ace-2 off in one of the blinds, I won a small pot when the flop came Queen-Jack-Ten and the turn was a King.I limped with Queen-9, flopped a Queen, turned a Queen, rivered a 9 but didn't get my river bet call...

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 05:18 PM

  • I Was Planning to Write a Post on Sunday, Honest
    Yes that was the plan.  But things seldom go as planned when I'm in Vegas, and I've been here for a bit more than two weeks.  I didn't drag my ass out of bed until 10:30AM on Sunday, and that pretty much prevented me from writing up any of the stories I've collected this trip so far.  Sorry.Will I get around to doing any serious blogging before I return home?  You're guess is as good as mine, but the local sports books are heavily favoring the No. But I didn't want it to appear that I've abandon...

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 05:00 AM

  • Vegas Poker Scene - June 2018 Ante Up Column
    Here's my newest column for Ante Up. The link for it on the Ante Up website is here.   Remember, my contribution is embedded in the entire West Coast report.  So below is just my Vegas report. The magazine should be in your local poker room by now. =   =   =   =   =   =   =   =The South Point Poker Room, in conjunction with Helix Poker, is hosting some women’s events in late June. A $300 event with a $20K guarantee is June 27. Players get 20K chips and play 30-minute levels. There also are $130...

    Tue, 5 Jun 2018, 05:00 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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  • 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

  • Poker Lingerie And A Well-Deserved Bad Beat
    I was collected off the train in beautiful Killarney by one of Ireland’s funniest and smartest poker operators, Mr. Connie O’Sullivan. The purpose of my visit was to promote September’s ...

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016, 10:05 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 :

    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.— 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:

    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.

    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
  • 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

  • A Grain of Sands
    I’ve had a very interesting few months, and an even more interesting few months on the horizon. The biggest item that has been monopolizing my attention are three upcoming trials. The first will be my first solo NY trial. It involves a man whose hand was crushed in an elevator door. The second and third trials are my two largest cases. The second involves a man who suffered nerve damage to half of his body due to an electric shock and the third involves a man who lost his hand in an industrial m...

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 04:04 PM

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.
  • WSOP 2018 Photos Part II
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  • Morro Bay – May 2018
    Took a trip out to Morro Bay before the WSOP kicked into full gear, to spend a little time with my brother and sister-in-law. cloudinary_imgFri, 15 Jun 2018, 07:26 AM
  • 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
  • Good Morning Harley
    A quick little video I threw together of what my perfect weekend mornings are like. The post Good Morning Harley appeared first on Bill Rini's Blog.

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018, 09:19 AM

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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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