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

November 30, 2003

The Big Game

by Staff

There's something I've been wondering about lately, with regards to the major poker tournaments. Before I mention it, I guess I should clarify that my interest is purely philosophical, since I'm about as likely to enter one of these tournaments anytime soon as I am to empty my bank account to play heads-up against Phil Ivey.

But anyway, as I'm sure many of you know, the first World Series of Poker, way back in 1970, featured an entry fee of $10,000. And in most of the articles written about the history of the event, there's some comment that mentions how amazing it is that after so many years the entry fee is still that same $10,000, though considerably less when compared to $10K in 1970 dollars.

So what I want to know is: why?

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Permalink | Tournament Action

November 28, 2003

Bad Beat or Bad Play?

by Luckbox

Ever wonder if your AK unsuited should have lost to that pair of 7's?

Everyone has a million bad beat stories, but how bad are those bad beats really?

I stumbled across a website that gives you the odds on command (Hat Tip: A Poker Odyssey).

You can plug in your hand, their hand, and even cards on the board. It's a fascinating way to find out whether you should have really played that hand.

And if you're wondering, the 7's beat that AK unsuited about 54% of the time.

Permalink | Poker Web Sites

November 26, 2003

Television Explosion Part 2

by Luckbox

As James mentioned in the comments to Television Explosion Part 1, Fox Sports Net is in the poker game.

Tomorrow, they air the most ambitious televised poker event of all-time. While most of the poker we see on TV is played weeks, sometimes months in advance, the Showdown at the Sands will be televised less than 24 hours after the winner is crowned!

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Permalink | Poker on TV

November 24, 2003

Television Explosion

by Luckbox

ESPN has been in the game for years. The poker movie, Rounders, features Matt Damon watching the classic World Series of Poker showdown between Johnny Chan and Eric Seidel.

Despite years of experience, however, ESPN has become the short stack at the table thanks to the Travel Channel and its hugely popular World Poker Tour.

Now... even more players are coming to the table, hoping to win big.

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Permalink | Poker on TV

November 18, 2003

Moving Down

by Staff

Recently, I made a change I hoped I would never have to make. One of the worst changes you can make in poker.

I'm moving down in limits.

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Permalink | Online Poker

November 16, 2003

The Greatest Comeback in Poker History

by Staff

A cursory look through the poker literature will reveal words to the effect that poker isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. They will often mention that there's really no such thing as sessions, but rather that poker is just "one long game," with the idea being that even if you get smacked around on any given night it doesn't really matter, since if you play the game well the percentages will eventually even out, and you'll end up a winner where it really counts, over the long run.

Of course, just like X and 1/X are respectively infinitely large and small, sometimes it feels like poker is both one long game played over the course of a lifetime as well as millions of small games counted by sessions, hours, hands, and even streets. It's hard to remember that "one long game" stuff when we've all had sessions where we'd broken even and felt like the biggest loser in the world, as well as breaking even and feeling like a WSOP winner. Last night at the Borgata, I had one green chip left on the table, one hand to play, when a miracle happened and I went on an incredible finish even.

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Permalink | Poker Theory

November 10, 2003

Rainbow Flop

by Staff

Still running pretty well, winning more than I'm losing, though one spectacularly awful trip down to Atlantic City (spread out between the Taj and the Trop) wiped out the gains from four straight up sessions. Even with that nightmare (and is there any drive longer than that trip up the Parkway after a crushing?), I'm still feeling pretty positive.

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November 7, 2003

My Heart Wasn't In It

by Luckbox

It's a 10 person Sit-and-Go with a $10 entry fee. The top three finishers pay. I haven't had much luck recently so I'm hoping for at least third.

When you get to the end, you'll understand what the title means. It started out well enough...

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