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

October 30, 2003

Off My Game

by Luckbox

Something happened. My online poker skills seemed to have diminished. Maybe it's lack of playing. My online time has been spotty at best over the past few weeks.

Last night I played in a little tourney with a measley $100 prize pool. There were 400 players. Read it and weep...

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Permalink | Tournament Action

October 29, 2003

THINK!

by Staff

I have a new tool for the tables, something I put together recently that I hope will help me more than some random good-luck charm or card protector. It's a white disk, about the size of an air-hockey puck or dealer's button, with "THINK" printed on it in big red letters.

It's a bit silly and I've already gotten a few comments, but I'm hoping it'll buy me those extra seconds that can mean saving or not missing a bet, seconds that remind me that poker is a game of the eyes and the brain, not the hands and heart.

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Permalink | Poker Theory

October 24, 2003

Chasing the Flush

by Luckbox

Reading books about poker will not make a bad player a great player. I truly believe that a player must already have that indefinable element.

I'm not saying books are worthless, in fact, the right books can make the difference between losing and winning. Just don't expect to pick up Super/System and go from fish to WSOP champ!

That all leads me to winning with the flush. This advice comes from Gary Carson's The Complete Book of Hold 'Em Poker:

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Permalink | Reading Material

October 15, 2003

The Home Games

by Luckbox

In my mind, there is no poker game more pure than No Limit Texas Hold 'Em. If I'm going to put big money on the line, that's definitely the game I'm going to play.

However, when it's six buddies around a poker table in someone's living room, that's a different story. Here are some of the more interesting games I like to play:

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Permalink | Playing For Fun

October 13, 2003

Running Good: A Brag

by Staff

Right now I am running good. Great even.

Now, for every report or article about somebody on a rush, you'll probably see a hundred from somebody running bad. For every story you hear about a great hand, you'll probably get 200 bad-beat stories. And there's no surprise why this is so: nobody wants to hear somebody brag, misery loves company, bad-beat stories are more fun to tell, etc. Maybe the biggest one is that people are afraid of jinxing themselves.

But what's poker about if not risking fate a little, hmmm?

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Permalink | Poker Theory

October 10, 2003

The World of Online Poker

by Luckbox

Poker is exploding in America, and online poker sites like Ultimate Bet and Party Poker are now thriving. Made for TV poker has helped generate even more interest in the game, and those who wish to play often have no choice but to search online.

A graduate of Rice University recently got a chance to pick the brain of the CEO of another online poker site, TruePoker. Here's just a taste of the 20 questions, find the rest by going to Another Rice Grad.

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Permalink | Online Poker

October 6, 2003

Variance

by Staff

There was no lime. Only tequila and salt. I was reaching the point to where I didn't care anymore. A series of drinking contests--primarily consisting of hardcore games of rock-paper-scissors and euchre--was nearing its end. I was losing, despite my deep belief I was a proven winner.

As I licked the salt off the soft part of my hand and gulped the double shot of tequila down, I probably began to forget there was more to winning than winning in the past.

Variance lies in drinking contests as well, my friends.

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Permalink | Poker Theory

October 5, 2003

How to Really Sound Like You Know Poker

by Staff

With all due respect to CJ, with the preponderance of poker books, articles, and TV shows, knowing some of those terms might mean nothing more than you have cable. To really sound like a true degenerate, you have to be prepared to throw in a few of the following.

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Permalink | Poker Theory

Big Slick vs. Pocket Rockets

by Luckbox

Someone stopped by today looking for "how to sound like you know poker." Well, Up For Poker aims to please.

When it comes to sounding like you've been to a final table at the World Series of Poker, it's all about the slang.

Here's just a small Poker dictionary you should overuse at the Hold 'Em poker table if you want to sound like a pro (feel free to add more in the comments):

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Permalink | Poker Theory

October 2, 2003

Coolio Raises Jack Black All In

by Luckbox

With the overwhelming popularity of the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel, and the continued success of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, there will soon be another poker TV series.

This time, the stars are lining up to flop the nut flush.

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Permalink | Poker on TV