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

February 28, 2004

What if the race for the Democratic Party nomination was a poker tournament?

by Staff

Think of it as a no-limit hold `em tourney with incredibly high stakes. As in any tournament, there's a few players who get knocked out before the seat gets warm, like they almost entered just for the excitement of going all-in. And then there's the real players...

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Permalink | Tournament Action

February 27, 2004

Busting Out

by Otis

I may wear sunglasses this time. I never have before. It's not in my nature. I prefer a baseball cap, pulled down low over my eyes, and perhaps a fake moustache when I'm feeling saucy.

See, dear reader, this will not be just any other poker game. This will not be a game where friends laugh it up when they win and suck it up when they lose.

In this particular poker tournament, when one player busts out, he'll be busting out for good. Or, at least, for a good long while.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

February 22, 2004

The Hammer Fell, And It Fell On I

by Luckbox

If the Grublog Poker Classic were a Greek tragedy, I'd have been killed off stage in the first act. The weapon, naturally, would have been the hammer.

In the ranking of starting poker hand strength, there is much disagreement. But what everyone agrees up on is that AA is the strongest starting hand, and 72o is the weakest starting hand.

Anyone wanna guess what I had? Anyone wanna guess what jeremy over at love and casino war had?

Despite my preflop raise, he still called. When the flop came, I wasn't scared. Sure it had a 7 and a 2, but why would that worry me? One all-in bet later, and I was out in 27th place (out of 32). Ouch.

Congrats to Mean Gene for winning it all, and to The Fat Guy for finishing second. I'm sure you'll find plenty of spectacular write-ups at the blogs featured to your left.

One last word of warning, watch out for the HAMMER!!!!!

Permalink | Tournament Action

February 20, 2004

Time Is Running Out!

by Luckbox

Okay, I'll say it. If you are a poker blogger, and you're not signed up for the Grublog Poker Classic, you're a loser.

That's right. You must be afraid of my awesome poker skill. You must think you'll be the fish while I'm sharking my way to the crown.

You'd be a fool to think that. Sure, there might be a few ringers in this tourney (I'm certainly not one of them), but this is a can't miss event!!! We're just two days away from this historic event!!! Sign up now!!!

Permalink | Tournament Action

Waiting For The Raid

by Otis

In my head (a wild and untamed wasteland of fantasy and conspiracy), I see it going down a little like this:

I've just limped in with JT unsuited in the small blind. I'm eying the Rotel cheese dip on the counter. The guy sitting across from me is trying to figure out if he just did a shot of tequila or absinthe. The dealer, a cocky fresh-faced guy with no more chips, has just flopped AKQ rainbow.

Something in my nether regions twinges. I suspect my eyes might dart like they did when the pretty girl in English class adjusted her skirt and showed more than she planned. I plan to finger my chips and slowplay my way to Mr. Absinthe's stack.

It's just about that time that the door to my house explodes into three pieces.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

February 18, 2004

Poker In Louisiana?

by Luckbox

As some of you know, I currently live in Knoxville, TN. There's not a poker room or casino within 1,754,352 miles. Or something like that, I haven't measured.

In less than a month, I'll be saying goodbye to Rocky Top and hello to Cajun Country.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

February 17, 2004

Restless Sleep

by Luckbox

I hate going to bed after a bad beat. But that's exactly what I'm about to do.

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Permalink | Bad Beats

February 16, 2004

Okay, I Give Up

by Luckbox

It's official. This blog now has its first ad. I've resisted until now, but Empire Poker was pretty persistent, and, really, what do I have to lose?

As you've read on this blog and on others, Empire Poker is offering some pretty good deals right now. You might as well get in on the action if you haven't already. If you use the link to your left, you'll get a 20% bonus on your first deposit up to $100 (if you deposit $500).

I'll admit, Empire isn't my first choice for playing. I primarily play Ultimate Bet, but they haven't asked to advertise, and Empire actually features many more fish. I know Iggy swears by the fish on Party/Empire (they use the same tables for everything but tournaments).

I don't plan on making this pitch again. It's a one time deal. If you aren't playing Empire now, but plan to... might as well use the link here and get the bonus. If you don't want to play Empire, I won't waste this blog space trying to convince you!

On a slightly related note, I may have a way for all of us poker bloggers to make a little money on the side from advertisers. If you're interested, drop me an e-mail.

Permalink | Online Poker

February 15, 2004

Online Poker: Will I Be Arrested?

by Luckbox

We all know that thanks to The Travel Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, and the legend of Chris Moneymaker... online poker is bigger than it's ever been.

We're talking $16 billion last year alone. That's a lot of money, and when Americans are spending a lot of money on something, and the government isn't getting a cut, that usually means Big Brother will try to get his cut, or stop you from playing. And since he's not likely to get a cut... will the men in blue be knocking on your ISP?

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Permalink | Online Poker

February 13, 2004

A Tourney You DON'T Want To Miss!!!

by Luckbox

Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 9pm eastern time.

It's the online poker event of the century.

It's the Grublog Poker Classic.

The Poker Grub has set up the first sanctioned poker blogger tourney in online poker history. Only poker bloggers are allowed, and since there are so many of you out there, it's time to get on board!

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Permalink | Other Gambling

February 8, 2004

Candy? Yes. Babies? No.

by Luckbox

There were gummy bears, Jolly Ranchers, jelly beans and plenty of other sweets to satisfy all players. But it wasn't the candy everyone wanted, it was the chips.

Four men and four women sat down for an evening of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em. All players knew the game of poker, but this classic variety was relatively new to about half the table.

I spent about 20 minutes before the party running down some basics with Memphis. I figured maybe we could finish first and second. By the end of the night, there was a first place finish, but it's not quite what I expected.

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Permalink | Playing For Fun

February 6, 2004

Taking Candy From a Baby?

by Luckbox

Tomorrow evening, I'll be teaching poker to playing poker with some No Limit Texas Hold 'Em novices. They've gotten the bug thanks to Celebrity Poker and the like.

It's mostly co-workers (Wilted Lily, Memphis, and others), so I think I should take it easy on them.

In fact, I think playing with as many unknown quantities as I'm likely to face will actually make things more difficult. They won't be playing by the book, in fact, they don't even know what the book says.

I suppose that means I should play the premium hands even harder and figure out who I can buy out of a pot pretty early on.

It will be 8-people at $15 a piece with the top 3 places paying. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun, and I'm guessing most of them will be hooked after one night at the table. Look for an update some time this weekend... unless it's too embarrassing!

Permalink | Playing For Fun

February 5, 2004

World Poker Open Action

by Luckbox

Jack Binion's 2004 World Poker Open recently wrapped up in Tunica, MS. The tournament attracted more media coverage than in the past thanks to the explosion of televised and online poker.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal has a nice write-up.

(Warning, possible WPT spoiler to come.)

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Permalink | Poker in the News