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Poker Blog established in 2003 as the first stop for poker news, poker stories, and bad poker advice.

September 29, 2003

Otis in Vegas Pt. 3

by Staff

In retrospect, it was probably the slightly homoerotic come-on that piqued my interest.

"You should come see me," was the call.

I'm not gay and even if I was, the grizzled black man with funny-looking teeth probably wouldn't have stirred my loins. However, as I walked toward the bathroom for the second time, the man said the words quietly.

"You should come see me."

As I drained the by-product of several beers and several more greyhounds, I decided I would indeed stop by to see the old man.

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Permalink | Other Gambling

Can I Please See A Final Table?

by Luckbox

In my very first on-line tournament, I made it to the final table and finished in 7th place. I thought, "Wow, this is easy." I couldn't have been more wrong.

In all of my tournament play since that day, I've gotten as close to the final table as a freshman physics major gets to a soroity girl's dorm room.

On Saturday, I saw Otis sit down at a $10 tourney and decided I'd join him. Maybe we could make it to the final table together. Unfortunately, he didn't see many cards worth playing. Maybe he sent all his poker karma my way...

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Permalink | Tournament Action

September 26, 2003

Otis in Vegas Pt. 2

by Staff

It's impossible to say what time it was. Every hour seemed to morph into the next. I'd been playing for several hours and seen dozens of different players. When the river hit and the two players in the game flipped over their hole cards, the dealer called the player to my right a winner.

As the chips started to make their way across the felt, I saw what would very soon be a problem. The pot should be chopped. As I struggled with whether I should speak up, the British woman across the table made the decision for me. Who would've thought a little woman who looked like Mrs. Doubtfire could've caused such pandamonium.

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Permalink | Playing For Fun

September 25, 2003

Four Queens Open

by Staff

I'm back from a good weekend of poker and nonsense in Las Vegas at the Four Queens Classic.

I got into Vegas late Thursday night and checked into the Four Queens, where we had two pre-comped rooms thanks to a little blackjack bender me and a buddy went on last time we were downtown.

The room itself was pretty poor quality, even a little worse than I expected (and I've stayed in the old Circus Circus rooms). Lots of stains on the carpet, nicks in the wall, poor temperature control.

But just as you only need a chip and a chair to win a tournament, all I really require in a Vegas hotel room is a bed and a shower. At least the room didn't smell.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

Otis in Vegas Pt.1

by Staff

"You want us to move over?"

The guy must have sensed my impatience. He and his wife's ass were blocking the moving walkway leading into the Excalibur hotel. I needed to get through there and to the Luxor in time to sign up for the noon no-limit tourney.

"No, that's okay," I said as I placed my hands on the rubber handrail and jumped over to stable ground. "This will work better."

As I strode confidently toward my destiny, the guy yelled at my back.

"In a hurry to lose that $300, buddy?"

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Permalink | Tournament Action

Even Stars Need a Card

by Luckbox

You know, being a movie star and a television star and a new hot author doesn't necessarily help you at the poker table.

Wil Wheaton found that out. Here's just a taste of his story:

We're on our fourth or fifth hand, playing a no-limit freeze out. I look at my hole cards and find that I've dealt myself the Big Slick: A-K, the second best starting hand in Hold 'Em.

Ryan checks, and I decide to limp in, hoping to get some action on this hand.

If that isn't a lead-in to a bad beat story, I don't know what is! Well Wil, you're invited at our table any time!

**UPDATE**
Wil wants everyone to know that this wasn't supposed to be a story of his poker prowess... but a story about his relationship with his stepson. I think poker is a great way to build a relationship. I can't wait to deal one up with my Dad next time I'm home!!! I expect to take his money. I also remember the night Otis and I sat down at a table with his Dad. It was a lot of fun.

Permalink | Bad Beats

September 23, 2003

The Real Deal

by Luckbox

Otis is in Vegas.

He had been in Vegas for less than an hour when he unloaded 25 bucks for a seat in a 35-person tourney.

The first hour was limit, before it moved to no limit. He finished 15th, but out of the money.

He spent the next 7 hours at a limit table, and finished down just a buck. Not bad for the first day. I'm sure he'll return with plenty of stories!

Permalink | Tournament Action

September 15, 2003

7-2 Offsuit? All in.

by Staff

Admittedly, it was late. I was hopped up on too much caffeine. Allergy pills, an infrequent necessity, were playing with my head. My night of on-line poker had been interupted several times by football, women, and food. As I sat down for a midnight tournament, I conceded there could've been worse interuptions.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

September 12, 2003

Review of James McManus's Positively Fifth Street

by Staff

The scenario might have come straight from the daydreams of any aspiring author/poker player: writer receives an assignment from Harper’s Magazine to write about female players at the World Series of Poker, uses the advance to win a seat at the Championship Event, then makes the final table for a six-figure payday.

Then, like catching the runner-runner for the nuts, the resulting publicity turns what would have probably been a short article into a featured cover story, which leads to a contract for probably the most high-profile poker book in history. All in all, it’s been a pretty good rush for writer James McManus.

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Permalink | Reading Material

Rivered Again

by Luckbox

I've added a new site to the "Better Hole Cards." Randy clued me in to Rivered Again. It's a collection of the best of the best (worst of the worst?) bad beats. I'm sure I'll eventually have one or two to add to the list.

Permalink | Bad Beats

September 10, 2003

Otis' Aruban Adventure

by Staff

One of two Americans at the table had just hit his 15 against the dealer's four. The crazy, half-inebriated Russians at the table eyed him like he was an incapacitated Stalin. The dealer dropped a five giving the stupid American a 20. Stupid American looked happy. Otis, the other American, groaned through a Russian woman's skinny cigarette smoke.

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Permalink | Other Gambling

September 8, 2003

I Don't Know How To Close

by Luckbox

I played in a tournament the other day, and was doing pretty well. I've learned, though, that I don't know how to get myself to the next level, often busting out late as the blinds eat away at my stack.

This tournament was a $1 entry fee, with unlimited rebuys during the first hour, and one add-on at the end of that hour. You could only rebuy when your chips were at or below your 1000 chip level. Here's how it went:

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Permalink | Tournament Action

September 5, 2003

Tough Way To Go

by Luckbox

Welcome to Up For Poker! Hopefully soon, there will be more contributors than just myself. This will also help my Up For Anything readers avoid a majority of my gambling rambling.

So for my first post, why I didn't enjoy my last on-line tourney.

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Permalink | Bad Beats