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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. cl_imgThu, 28 Jun 2018, 10:49 pm PDT
  • 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. cl_imgWed, 6 Jun 2018, 01:41 am PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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. cl_imgTue, 26 Dec 2017, 12:11 am PST
  • 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 PDT
  • 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. cl_imgTue, 26 Sep 2017, 12:45 am PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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. cl_imgMon, 28 Aug 2017, 10:46 pm PDT
Norman Chad writes a syndicated sports humor column.
Gambling With An Edge
  • The Slippery Slope of Not Paying a Wager
    Not far from the Lincoln Tunnel and just off the NJ Turnpike is the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Two NFL teams call this complex home. There is an arena in the Meadowlands as well as a harness racing track. However, what grabs your eye is a huge multi-colored slanted building known as American Dream. It’s been […] The post The Slippery Slope of Not Paying a Wager appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Fri, 21 Sep 2018, 11:28 am PDT
  • Podcast – Gabby Girl part 1
    Our guest this week is Gabby Girl, a woman who was a private investigator back in the early 1980s and did work for Oscar Goodman as he defended mobsters. podcast  Click to listen – Alt-click to download Show Notes [00:00] Gabby Girl Intro [00:55] Show Notes for GWAE [02:12] Richard randomly experiences of the value […] The post Podcast – Gabby Girl part 1 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 04:00 pm PDT
  • Autoslash update
    I posted this as a comment under the Gambling with an Edge show on 7/19/18 where I mentioned autoslash, but thought I would post it here as well. In the past, I have recommended booking a rental car with one of the websites for rental cars (carrentals.com, expedia.com, Costco.com) and then putting that information into […] The post Autoslash update appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018, 08:42 am PDT
  • It’s How You Approach It — Part I of II
    I earn a number of “free” cruises for play at various casinos. One casino where this happens is the M Resort in Las Vegas. Icon members ($800,000 video poker coin-in per calendar six months), earn one 7-day Norwegian Cruise Line balcony cabin cruise for two people per six-month period — plus periodically they have extra […] The post It’s How You Approach It — Part I of II appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Tue, 18 Sep 2018, 09:25 am PDT
  • Where to Wager in New Jersey
    Does all this discussion of sports wagering have you curious to try it yourself? Here’s a quick guide to betting on sports in New Jersey. There are now eight physical sports books in New Jersey and seven online books. You must be physically located in New Jersey to wager at any of the online books. However, […] The post Where to Wager in New Jersey appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 03:27 pm PDT
  • Dr. Nick and The Hot Aussie Chick Talk Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and…
    Dr.Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick break through their normal barriers and out the pros and cons of the bright light and high life of the gambling world. Plagued or blessed with a life of sex, drugs, alcohol, hookers or the odd snort of coke with a hundred dollar bill – all these can be […] The post Dr. Nick and The Hot Aussie Chick Talk Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and… appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 10:55 am PDT
  • Podcast – Eric Rosenthal part 2
    Our guest this week is Eric Rosenthal. Eric returns to continue our conversation about advantage traveling. podcast  Click to listen – Alt-click to download Show Notes [00:00] Introduction of Eric Rosenthal, [00:50] Richard wants to go to London efficiently via cash and/or points [07:15] How to build a network of casino hosts, getting value from […] The post Podcast – Eric Rosenthal part 2 appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 04:00 pm PDT
  • Using callipygian in a Sentence
    I am perfectly content eating meals by myself so long as I have a book with me. I have a goal of reading one book a week for pleasure, along with however many I need to read to prepare for podcast interviews. Most of our interviews do not require reading a book beforehand, but there […] The post Using callipygian in a Sentence appeared first on Gambling With An Edge.
    Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 11:24 am PDT
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  • PokerStars VR: Exclusive QandA with Lead Developers Severin Rasset and James O’Reilly
    While attending the 2018 EPT Barcelona, I had the opportunity to preview and test out PokerStars VR, the newest release from the world’s largest online poker site. I loved it and gave the legit awesome product very high marks in my review. With that said, as with any new product launch, especially something so unique and groundbreaking, it’s only natural to have some questions. After the special media preview event, I had the chance to catch up with the product’s lead developers for a QandA sess...
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 07:12 am PDT
  • PokerStars VR: A Legit Awesome Product
    During my time covering the 2018 EPT Barcelona, I was invited to attend a pre-launch press event for a new product called PokerStars VR. As you’ll all surely notice by the extensive media coverage PokerStars is getting today for its new product, the world’s largest online poker site likes to make a big splash. Along with other media members and invited guests in attendance, a sizable percentage of the company’s team pros – including lead ambassador Daniel Negreanu – were on hand to witness the u...
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 06:38 am PDT
  • How Should a Poker Player Deal with a Big Upswing?
    So you finally had that breakthrough score. Congratulations on your big win! How you deal with this big upswing going forward will have a huge impact on your life and your poker career. I’ve fortunately had a number of big scores that were important milestones for me. Some of them I dealt with wisely, others not so much. We’ll start by talking about what things you definitely shouldn’t do and then move into recommendations for what actions you should take. Tue, 18 Sep 2018, 05:36 am PDT
  • 5 Great Poker Festivals Worth Attending Until the End of 2018
    Traditionally, the WSOP signals the end of the “poker season” for the major tournament circuit. Then, there’s a bit of a lull/break until EPT Barcelona commences to mark the beginning of the new season. This year’s EPT Barcelona just wrapped up and was a major success, drawing praise from many in the poker community as one of best events on the poker calendar. As we get into the final months of 2018, here are five other can’t-miss festivals from around the world worth attending. Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 06:57 am PDT
  • The House Edge in Poker and Other Casino Games
    Online poker and casino games are an extremely popular hobby for many who enjoy the thrill of gambling, so much so that they even “take the gamble with them” and often opt to play on their mobile devices on the go. Many play their favorite games of chance in mobile casinos which feature a variety of different games including poker, blackjack, and more. It’s pretty well-known that the house has an edge in casino games, so much so that there’s even a phrase for it “the house always wins” (after al...
    Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 04:09 am PDT
  • 2018 EPT Barcelona Recap: Pics and Video
    I’m releasing this video a bit later than I had hoped to, but I suppose it’s better late than never. I’m not a highly skilled vlogger by any means, but for the first time I went into my latest poker trip (to EPT Barcelona) with the advance idea in mind of making a video like this (rather than just saying to myself after the fact “ah, let’s do a video”). I didn’t produce the video to enter into any sort of vlogging competition, like the kind Jeff Gross and Andrew Neeme are holding to give away a...
    Fri, 14 Sep 2018, 08:29 am PDT
  • 5 Reasons Why the Poker Masters Matters
    The game of poker has changed quite dramatically over the past few decades. Leaving isolated backrooms of casinos and other establishments, poker has entered the main scene, becoming one of the most popular games played around the globe, both live and online. Naturally, this sudden shift has caused the game to change quite radically. Some of the old concerns people had about it are gone, but new ones have emerged. The face of poker today is much different than it was years ago and many agree tha...
    Fri, 14 Sep 2018, 06:25 am PDT
  • 3 Top Tips for Transitioning to Pot Limit Omaha
    Although Texas Hold’em has been the game of choice for poker players all over the globe for some time now, things are slowly changing. Back in the day, not too many people knew how to play solid Hold’em, so there was a lot of money to be made. Nowadays, however, “everyone knows Hold’em” and it requires more work than ever before to succeed and remain a winning player. Thus, many players are looking for easier ways to stay profitable. For this reason, there is a trend to look beyond Hold’em for a...
    Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 03:42 am PDT
Anecdotes about Vegas, Low Stakes Poker, and the Characters Who Enjoy Both.
  • 7th Anniversary Post: Remembering the Hard Rock Hooker
    I publish this post on the seventh anniversary of this blog's debut.  Yes this is a reprint of the very first post I ever published (well, sort of, read on).You see, a few weeks back I suddenly realized I was coming up to the anniversary of the blog, and I got the idea of commemorating it by reposting my first blog post.  But why do this for the seventh anniversary?  It's not like seven is normally a big deal.  I guess i should have done this two years ago for the fifth anniversary--but the trut...
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 06:10 pm PDT
  • Scenes From a Poker Tournament
    This post will consist of a few random stories from a tournament I played in Vegas back in June.  I busted out of this one fairly quickly due to a total lack of decent hands.  Because of some of the things I will tell you about, I prefer not to identify which tournament this was or what poker room it took place in.  Really, it wouldn't be a big deal to reveal it, but I prefer not to.  To be honest, this could have happened at any tournament I played during the summer poker season.You see all the...
    Tue, 18 Sep 2018, 07:16 pm PDT
  • Why Did He Shove?
    Saturday I had another 1/2 session in Ventura.  I will probably be playing that game more often than the 2/3 game because I think it might be more +EV.  The 1/2 has a max $100 buy-in, which is too low, but I'm starting to believe that the quality of the competition in that game is significantly lower than in the 2/3 game (which has a $300 max buy-in).  Anyway, there is a hand, the last big hand, that I want to discuss.  Obviously, I try to learn how to improve every time I play.  A lot of time I...
    Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 05:27 pm PDT
Existentialist musings from Short-Stacked Shamus, an online poker player of (primarily) micro and low limits.
  • World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Tips
    The 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event is history, with all 78 bracelets having been won. The final table was entertaining from start to finish, although that final night with the marathon heads-up was quite a test for viewers. Being able to see every hand including hole cards is of course quite educational for poker players. So, too, were these strategy tips reflecting the changing dynamic that occurs as the table goes from nine-headed to heads-up. Watching #WSOPMainEvent2018 final table int...
    Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 10:14 pm PDT
  • #pokerpopculture
    Starting a short while ago -- a little before I shared here the big news of my new book, Poker and Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, which will be coming out via DandB Poker next summer -- I had an idea for something fun to do over Twitter as I continue to work on the book. I’ve mentioned here how I’ve found it hard to post on the blog since most of my time and energy has necessarily been going toward the manuscript. But I also find I want to share certain “poker an...
    Fri, 20 Jul 2018, 04:08 pm PDT
  • For the Book
    cl_imgWhen I last checked in I mentioned a new book in the works, one focusing on poker and popular culture that will be bringing together a lot of the poker-related writing I’ve done over the last decade-plus both here on the blog and via other outlets. As I’ve mentioned, the book will be called Poker and...
    Fri, 20 Jul 2018, 04:08 pm PDT
  • Book Announcement: Poker and Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game Coming 2...
    cl_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 PDT
  • Return to Macau
    cl_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 PDT
  • The Humans and the Bots
    cl_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 PDT
  • Sliding Back
    cl_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 PST
  • Poker and Bluffing in Alas, Babylon
    cl_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 PST
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.
  • Post for the sake of post
    I changes leagues this year. Both leagues now have a main event first prize. One league is 45 players (I finished top 10) and the other is a new league to me with 27 or so players. The smaller league started in August, and I finished 6th. Not as good as it sounds as I was card dead for an entire MTT but hit a 1 outer for a Straight Flush halfway through the night. Still, good to have the score. I like the larger field of 5 tables as I always feel like in a 3 table there are never enough chips in...
    Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 08:17 am PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PST
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  • From Paris To London To Skibbereen, Killarney Calling
    I went to Paris in 1996 for two weeks. I stayed 19 years. So was a little concerned when I went there recently to promote the partypoker IRISH POKER MASTERS ...
    Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 10:23 am PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PST
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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PST
  • 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.cl_imgMon, 23 Oct 2017, 03:03 pm PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • Frederick Douglass on immigration
    Warning: No poker content.Last night I started reading this book:cl_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 PST
  • 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 PST
  • PokerNews article #146
    Six ways in which cooperation is a virtue in poker ...
    Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 08:11 am PST
High On Poker
  • Trip Report: The Milwaukee Cram
    Several months ago, I received a very random text message from my younger brother D: “Let’s go to Milwaukee this summer.” I responded with the very basic, “Why?” His response, “Why not?” And I didn’t have an answer. So we went to Milwaukee. The guest list on this weekend of randomness were me, D and my older brother, K. We had never gone on a brothers-only trip before, but the idea of going to a random location where I had no responsibilities and could enjoy an adult meal and beverage was appeal...
    Tue, 24 Jul 2018, 10:12 am PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PST
  • 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 PDT
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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 $100 for the week. I have been winning at about 50% right now.. some good and some bad ones. Won two in a row today thought. Got some quickies in this morning. Finally got my first 3rd place too! Was a cooler HU A9 vs AT I decided to shove.. he decided to call.. it is what it is.. SNGs 1st 2 2nd 4 3rd 1 4th 5 5th 2 6th 7th 1 8th 9th Hate that I a...
    Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 04:28 am PDT
  • Losing Streak
    A lot of you know me already but here is another look into the bad mentality that makes it hard for me to succeed in poker: I am on a losing streak.What do I mean by a losing streak? I am only up 44$ 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
  • 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 PDT
Poker King Blog | Poker Rumors and Gossip
  • 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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