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March 30, 2005


by G-Rob

Back in the day, they stole a cookbook from God. His secret ingredients were all spelled out like a husband's list at a metaphysical grocery. His secret formula laid bare. The mystery of the Universe unraveled like a 5000 year Matlock drama.

I'm not sure I believe the whole apple to gravity thing. I do know Newton was a very smart dude.

I don't get how a patent clerk with little formal education could come up with theories that explain the entire known universe. But sure as shit, Einstein had the answers.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

March 29, 2005

The Desert Island

by Luckbox

In case you haven't heard, AlCantHang, Boy Genius, Pauly, Iggy, Hank, Grubby and BadBlood are stranded on a desert island. Apparently, island leader has come down to Hank or Iggy and they can't figure out who to eat.

What they don't know is that they're not alone on the island...

On the other side of the island is a more formidable group of poker bloggers. (Yeah, I'm bitter for not being included in the conversation, so sue me). On our side, we've got the Up For Poker Crew (me, Otis and G-Rob), along with Maudie, Sean, April, the Poker Geek and wil wheaton.

And things on our side of the island are much better!

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

March 28, 2005


by G-Rob

Hello again dear readers. I've been deep in the tank, sifting through the mud, combing the gravel for nuggets of wisdom. Its easier to see when the light is dim.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

March 27, 2005

WPBT Aladdin Classic UPDATE

by Luckbox

I've just about finished compiling the RSVP's for the June 4th event at the Aladdin Casino. We have at least 59 and as many as 66 depending on a few loose ends. That doesn't include any invited guests or pros that we hope to include. That means there will almost certainly be a waiting list. At best, we'll be able to push the Aladdin to 6 tables of 10 players, but nothing more.

I will get the list posted soon so those of you on the waiting list will know in case that means your plans will change. I've heard from a few players that if they aren't in the tourney, they'd rather not come. I think that's the wrong way to look at this. It's going to be an amazing weekend, with or without the tourney! It's a chance to meet some great people and have fun slinging cards. I hope you all decide to come, tournament or not!

Permalink | Las Vegas

March 25, 2005

The Nuts

by Luckbox

It's not everyday that a poker blogger makes the final table of one of the world's premier poker events, but that's exactly what Ben "Milky Bar Kid" Grundy did in Monte Carlo at the European Poker Tour Championship.

And that is more than enough to get you a spot in "The Nuts." Go check him and tell him congratulations!

Permalink | Poker Blogs , | The Nuts


by Otis

Um...I can't be the first poker blogger to notice this.

I think the WPBT needs to form a concensus on whether we approve and then act accordingly.

Comments are open for discussion on the topic.

Permalink | Poker Web Sites

March 23, 2005

The Otis Jinx

by Otis

When I was in highschool, my old football and gym coach, Rube Berry, liked to name his phys ed teams. When we played floor hockey, I was on the Sophomore Jinx. I always thought it was a pretty cool name. Rube was a standup guy.

I hadn't thought about that old nickname in about 15 years. That was until this past weekend.

That was when I realized, I have a problem.

I am a jinx.

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March 22, 2005


by Otis

First, here's a shot from my friends at Poker Images showing the...errr...glamorous life of a pro blogger. Incidentally, around midnight every night, I'd replace those Pellegrino bottles with Monaco beer. It made for a better picture, but no one was around to shoot it.

Poker Images has quite a good business going. They go to tournaments and shoot every player, then sell the shots screen printed onto fine canvas. They also have a great gallery and collection of stock footage. I haven't licensed this photo, so go make good by taking a look at their stuff. The owner has licensed some good older galleries with some great stuff in it. For other news from across the pond, my write up from Vienna and Monte Carlo can be found below.

In other news, had I not taken this new gig, I would be on the Party Million cruise right now. I'm pleased to report that private Live Journal poker blogger Terrence Chan is doing quite well. I'm sad to report that another poker blogger we all know is no longer playing. So, bloggers are 50-50 right now.

I sorta wish I was there...

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

March 20, 2005

To Vienna, To Monte Carlo, and back again

by Otis

The ceiling of the Irish pub was low. If I wanted to, I could hop up and touch it. But the floor was sticky enough to slow my shoes, so I guessed the ceiling wasn't much more clean. A four-piece band was too loud for the small space. Somebody forgot to tell them INXS didn't matter that much anymore. In the line for the bathroom, a man spoke to me quickly in French. I had no idea what he was saying, but held up two fingers, hoping he would understand the men's room only had two toilets and they were full. He rolled his eyes and patted me on the back. He understood, but followed me in anyway. I thought he was going to piss in the sink. He didn't.

At the bar, they served the Guinness cold with shots of Jameson's on the side. Eventually, the band would take a break and Jim Morrison's voice would blare over the crowd. I thought for a second how seven years before I'd stood at Morrison's grave and wondered why I was there. Then I wondered why he was there. While I was thinking, some young citizen of the Principality of Monaco headbanged past me, singing in broken English, "Let it roll, baby, roll."

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

March 18, 2005

The Wedding Day

by Luckbox

My brother gets married today. That's him over there with the apple in his mouth. Lest you think pictures like that might dissuade his fiance from going through with the ceremony, it was the bride who sent that picture to anyone and everyone proud that this is the man she was to marry.

It's only a little weird to me that starting tomorrow I'll have a new sister-in-law. The good news is that she is a beautiful woman with a heart as big as anyone I've ever met. It didn't take me long to figure out that Meghan was going to be a part of the family. My brother likes to hide things, but it's hard for him to hide anything from me.

In a few hours, I'll stand and give a toast to the new couple, and I figure it will go a little something like this... (although I'm likely to write a lot more than I'll say!)

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

March 13, 2005

Omens... Lots of 'Em... All Bad

by Luckbox

Where did I go wrong?

I suppose it started with my overly arrogant "How to Win at Craps" post. I forgot rule number one about casino gambling. It doesn't matter what the system is, the house still has the edge.

Then I played in a FTP $100 tourney last night with Erick Lindgren and some guy nicknamed GambleAB (whoever that is). I nearly knocked both of them out at different times (each had a $100 bounty). Erick folded like a little girl with just T680 when I check-raised him on the river. Punk. I was among the top 5 in chips all tourney and in 3rd place when we reached the final table. Top 6 played. Anyone wanna guess where I finished?

So I went back to the Coushatta and dropped $150 waiting for a poker table. I got there too late for the tourney again, another bad sign. And after dropping that cash and waiting for a table, I decided to grab some food... and missed hearing my name get called. So I had to get back on the list, and wait some more.

Things weren't going well...

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Permalink | B&M Poker

March 11, 2005

How To Win at Craps

by Luckbox

Whenever I get to the Coushatta for a little NL action, I have a little time to kill while the waiting list either whittles down or gets big enough to open a new table. Unfortunately, that makes it easy for me to give in to my gambling urges.

Slots do nothing for me. I know Grubby loves one-armed bandits, but I just can't seem to get much excitement out of them. The blackjack tables are okay, but I lose too much there, despite what the book says. Roulette is a money pit (as much as I'd like to play it!). And Pai Gow poker is fine at 3am when I don't have to think, but that's about it.

That means it's on to the craps table. And I think I've developed a system that keeps my head above water no matter how long I play. Sure, you won't get rich, but you'll walk away ahead!

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Permalink | Craps , | Other Gambling

March 10, 2005

EPT Action...and I mean...action

by Otis

A lot of bloggers have been pestering me to offer something here that's not on the European Poker Tour official blog.


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March 8, 2005

Random Thoughts From the Felt

by Luckbox

First, there are no actual prostitutes in the post below, but I think it's fun anyway.

Secondly... Otis' brother, Little Willie, shows us how to drop the HAMMER...

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

March 7, 2005

Four Hookers in Kinder, LA

by Luckbox

So I couldn't resist the draw of the Coushatta poker room after having such a successful session last weekend. This time, I decided to try the Sunday afternoon crowd.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived is that the Sunday crowd is much, much smaller. I figured that meant fewer fish and maybe things would be a little tougher this time. I got my name on the NL list and headed to the craps table.

When I heard my name called for a new NL table at 3:00pm, I had $45 left from my $140 in the rack in front of me, and $120 on the table waiting for a 7. It came on the next roll and I finished up about $85. It was a good start... but not necessarily a sign of things to come.

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Permalink | B&M Poker

March 5, 2005

WPBT Aladdin Casino Classic NEWS!!!!

by Luckbox


Please click here for the latest on the WPBT Aladdin Casino Classic.

Permalink | Las Vegas

March 4, 2005

The Blood and Guts of Two Hands

by Otis

It's an odd life I lead these days. Twelve hours ago, I sat in the dining room of a Carolina surburban home, playing cards, drinking a few beers, and laughing with my buddies for the first time in weeks. Now, I sit in a $435-night hotel room in the middle of a king-sized bed, a view of Miami's South Beach in the window.


I'll have more on this trip in the coming days. It's work-related. In fact, I have to get to work here in a second. But I've played a couple of hands recently that I've felt fairly good about.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

The Best Poker Rooms in Vegas

by Luckbox

In July of last year, I was working on my first (um... and only) article for All In Magazine and I asked you for advice on the Best Poker Rooms in Vegas. Thanks to that entry, I rank third in Google for searches for Vegas' Best Poker Rooms.

Unfortunately, I don't provide any valuable information there, and I'd like to correct that by really giving my readers what they want. That's where you come in. Now's your chance for a guest column on Up For Poker. Write a poker room review and email it to me. I'll post the best reviews. And if you have a blog of your own, I'll link back to your blog with your review.

So get writing (no too long) and send an email to pagemaster --@-- upforanything -DOT- net.

Permalink | Las Vegas

March 3, 2005

Sharks and butt-trouble

by Otis

If I had more time to write, I'd go all Mean Gene on this. Instead, just a blurb:

I'm one who fully believes the concept of jumping the shark has long ago jumped the shark. In fact, the idea that poker jumped the shark about the first time someone used the phrase jumped the shark and poker together. That said...

On a return trip from the kid's daycare, I heard a radio commercial based at a Poker Championship. The protagonist had a big to concentrate on his cards with all that itching and swelling going on.

Yep... a poker commercial for Preparation-H medicated singles.

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

March 2, 2005

Did I Just Burn This Site?

by Luckbox

On the advice of blogger-extraordinaire Wil Wheaton, I've installed FeedBurner as Up For Poker's feed service. In doing so, I may have screwed up everyone's feeds, so let me know and I'll try and fix it. Thanks.

Permalink | Up for Poker News

March 1, 2005

Bad Beats and You

by G-Rob

I think its Dostoevsy who said, "Every happy family is the same. Unhappy families are each unhappy in a different way". That's not an exact quote, but I don't expect most people will notice. Most people don't read Dostoevsky, that Fyodor's a downer.

Writers love losers but your average fella doesn't. "Jose Canseco the MVP" is a man about town. "Jose the Doper" is under house arrest. We all have our moments of defeat and loss, but no matter how much your friends love you, they really don't want anything more than a gossipy thrill, and a shadenfruede buzz. Everyone has a bad beat story. We want to hear your big suckout win.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

What you should be reading this week

by Otis

I'm such a slack-ass. I know that I'm behind in my poker writing when my other blog gets more attention than this one. This new job has left little time for fun writing or poker playing. And the little poker I did play over the weekend was, in a word, bad. After reading countless bad beat stories on other blogs (and finding a few of my own on here) I vowed never to write a bad beat story on UFP again. So, I suck at poker and when I don't...well, we're not swimming in those waters.

So, for those not reading about the upcoming trip to Vegas for the WPBT or CJ's newfound semi-loose-aggressive style (a style a lot like the sexual habits of a high school girl I once knew), here's some stuff you really should be reading this week.

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Permalink | Reading Material

It's An Ugly Game

by Luckbox

Is there a more brutal game than Razz? I goaded Bad Blood into joining me for a Full Tilt $5 Razz tourney that started at 11pm ET. Bad news for both of us who need sleep, but we both played. I, as expected, busted out early. Bad Blood was the chip leader with 7 left. Then he hit two brutal hands, losing more than half his stack on the river on the first one. And then this one, which he went all-in on early:

Yeah, that's a boat. Think he gets a boat at the final table if it's Stud instead of Razz??? What an ugly game...

Permalink | Tournament Action