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November 30, 2005

Prelude to bacchanalia

by Otis

Fatigue creeps up on you like irrationality. Life rolls on greased steel wheels, months pass, and every cog seems to fit into its mate in the most rational way. It's enough to lure anyone into a sense of security as false as a hockey player's incisors. And then, all of a sudden, life pokes its heads under your bed covers and says, "I know you are, but what am I?"

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Let the psyche-up begin

by Otis

Something occurred to me a couple of minutes ago as I looked at Orion and wondered why I rarely look at the stars anymore.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

November 28, 2005

Like Brother, Like Brother

by Luckbox

In the words of Dr. Jeff (CrzySmrtGuy) himself, "Just like Otis, I couldn't seal the deal." But can you really complain about a $473 payday?

Permalink | Tournament Action

November 25, 2005

The Pentagon Hammer

by Otis

Since I started writing for Up For Poker, I have never, ever posted a hand history. It's been a little rule I had for myself. However, I've been given a Thanksgiving gift and I think that's reason to break the rule for once. The gift? I can coin a phrase (actually, I can bastardize a term coined by Grubby).

I give you...

The Pentagon Hammer.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

November 24, 2005

Live Poker Is Rigged

by Luckbox

We're playing five handed and I'm sitting UTG when I look down at a handsome pair, Cowboys. Blinds are 25/50 and I raise it up to 150. A smaller stack behind me pushes all in, and the BB almost immediately calls. I have no choice but to push the BB all in as well.

Then the cards are flipped.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

November 23, 2005

In the "Zone"

by G-Rob

Many of our most passionate obsessions are, in truth, devoid of greater meaning. There's this hobby store in town with an entire section devoted to model trains. There are pint sized dopplegangers for every rural fence post and water tower. Once a week grown men, with presumably normal "real" lives, meet there to discuss the developments in the mid-American utopias they've made of paper mache on a banquet table in the basement. They exchange grains of universal wisdom that only apply in a world where an ant becomes Godzilla.

For me, an Eastern Kentucky boy with a Big Blue diploma, the obsession is Wildcat basketball. I love it so much, I hardly ENJOY it at all.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

November 22, 2005

The Luckbox Speaks

by Luckbox

I know everyone's dying to know the secret. Well, I'm sorry to say, there is none. I've been incredibly lucky over the past few days and I caught just enough cards to get by. I think I played pretty good poker, but the cards certainly helped. If you'd like to know the strategy of this particular hack, here are my 10 rules for cashing in a MTT.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

November 21, 2005

Big WPBT News

by Otis

I've been working on this for a while and am finally able to announce it.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

November 20, 2005

Okay, Now It's Just Getting Insane

by Luckbox

[Update: Monday night was the 15K at Pacific (21st for $105) and the 14K at Full Tilt (6th for $756, QQ went down to KTo). Wow. I've topped 8K now.]

Three more pictures for you. What a weekend.

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Permalink | Tournament Action

Sweet Stroke

by G-Rob

I'm working on another really fun story. In the world of TV news we have 4 months out of the year when our work actually counts. Real journalists actually believe in the importance of thier work all year long, but the type of people who run TV stations only care about those four months, a quarterly dance of overpromotion and hype that we call "ratings." My next big story is a special for the November ratings sweep.

The star of the story is one of the best golfers in the country, the two-time defending state champion with one of the sweetest strokes you'll ever see. I interviewed him on his home course, his home is across the street from the 10th green, while he played a few rounds with his dad.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

November 19, 2005

Do They Call This a Rush?

by Luckbox

I wish I had the words to describe what's happened to me, but I lack the literary skills of my Up For Poker counterparts. So for now, all you get is pictures. I'll try to give you more tomorrow.

It started innocently enough at the blogger ring game:

Then I sucked out just enough in Dr. Pauly's Saturday tourney:

Finally, the players at Pacific Poker never saw this donkey coming:

I'm a little overwhelmed at this point. I have to thank Otis for sweating me during the Pacific tourney and all the blogger support during Pauly's tourney. It was a blast. Now I have to step away from the computer and let it soak in!

Permalink | Tournament Action

November 18, 2005

Tell Me I'm Crazy

by Luckbox

The tournament buy-in is $1000+80. The starting chip stack is 10,000. Blinds start at 100/200 (boooooo!) and levels last 45 minutes. It's at the Coushatta just an hour away and it's this weekend. The prize pool will be more than $200,000. There are two flights and the top ten from each flight cash and make the final 20 for Sunday.

I shouldn't even consider driving up there Saturday to play, right?

Permalink | Tournament Action

November 17, 2005

Dems Quads Beetches

by Luckbox

I feel bad for wil.

He gets these tourneys together for us each week, and then I manage to take most or all of his chips. It's not like I'm better than him... just INCREDIBLY lucky. For example, tonight I was very shortstacked when I moved to his table. That's when this happened:

All that did was enhance my image as a luckbox. That's a good image to have, I guess. A few hands later, wil's 99 ran into my Hiltons. Let's see if I can parlay those chips into a final table!

Update: No final table tonight. I got to feel the suckout when a guy called all his chips with 6 outs twice. His slightly less than 25% came through and I was crippled. AJ never improved vs. 99 and I was done.

Permalink | Tournament Action

November 15, 2005

Poker Tilt: Definitions

by Otis

Mrs. Otis sat on the couch and looked back and forth between the computer screen and my face. The images on the screen represented her bi-weekly paycheck being eaten by the dog then subsequently thrown up on the kid. The look on my face was not unfamiliar. It's a slight flush in the neck, followed by a sigh leaking from my mouth, followed by the words, "Oh, well."

Then she spoke. "So, is that what you people call variance?"

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Permalink | Poker Theory

November 14, 2005

Card Dead Tilt

by G-Rob

My last two sessions have both been losers. I've had a helluva run in live play and simple variance was bound to smack me. But, if I'm being honest, the biggest drain is my own fault. At the big game on Monday, I dropped two buyins, then two more Thursday night. On both nights I was completely card dead, but that's only part of the problem.

More often than not, I can handle a bad beat. Beat beats, even in big tournaments are things we can recover from. I know that. Over time, they hurt me much less than before. But that doesn't mean I don't tilt.

Last week, I had C-D-T : Card Dead Tilt.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

November 13, 2005

Are You F$#%^# Kiddin' Me?!?

by Luckbox

"Come on... we've got poker to play. CLOCK!!" He was bald with a half fu-man-chu, so some other strange facial hair combination. He had donked his way into a pretty big stack, but had just taken a bad beat. Now he's calling for the clock.

"Are you f----- kiddin' me?!?!" I thought, but decided not to say.

I had flopped two pair with K6s. I bet out and got called by a pretty tight player. The turn gave me a flush draw, too. I bet and got raised. The raise wasn't big enough, however, with the outs I had. The river missed me completely. I checked and he pushed for another $250. Time to think.

"Clock! Get the floor."

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Permalink | B&M Poker

November 10, 2005

Storming the Castle Pt. 2

by Otis

"Serendipity" didn't quite capture it. Nothing could capture it. It was a rag-tag weekend that simultaneously mercilessly wrecked my psyche and infused my spirit. It was the first-ever WPBT gathering.

I wrote a lot about that weekend after it was over. But this moment was the one that still sticks out in my mind.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

November 8, 2005

Any Pineapple players?

by G-Rob

I badly misplayed a hand last night in a game of Crazy Pineapple 8/b. I'd like some feedback on the hand.

The game is (with 2 exceptions) an EXTREMELY LOOSE $2/$4 dealer's choice with a $200 buyin. Usually it starts with hold-em but 9 of 10 hands are a very silly NL Omaha 8b.

The big exception is Badblood who almost always calls for Crazy Pineapple.

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Permalink | Home Games

November 6, 2005


by Luckbox

Told you I was just warming up...

I was sooooo damn lucky I can hardly explain it. If I sucked out on you, feel free to email me, or point me to your post so I can refresh my memory.

I'll have a more complete write up soon. Congrats Kevin! See ya at the Shootout!

(Update: Pro-like analysis in the extended entry)

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Permalink | Tournament Action

November 5, 2005

How Much Do I Suck?

by G-Rob

It's obvious I hold some amount of disdain for my own poker skills. I try to make that as clear as possible. I suck at poker. It's been my mantra from the first day I started my hack postings here. At first, I said it because it was demonstrably true. Sure I've shown SOME improvement since then, it would be hard not to just by sheer repitition, but I still haven't cleared the SUCK hurdle. Not against tough competition.

Probably the best comparison is with golf, a game millions play but none master. Still, some players are very very good and the rest of us just keep hacking away. Like my poker game, I've improved somewhat at golf, but against someone who actually PLAYS the sport, I totally suck.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

I'm Booked

by Luckbox

Arrive Vegas 8:14pm on Thu. Dec. 8th
Depart Vegas 12:43pm on Mon. Dec. 12th

See you there!

Permalink | Las Vegas

Missed it by that much redux

by Otis

I. Am. Not. A. Closer.

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OT: Robots are funny

by Otis

You know, the other night I watched I, Robot and I have to admit it freaked me out a little bit. That said, if you need a break from your pokering, you gotta check out Little Lost Robot. This dude is what blogging is all about. He has more talent in his mouse than I have in my entire computer.

Of particualr interest this week is his new robot version of the "My Humps" video, which I think could become an internet classic.

Do yourself a favor and spend some happy time in his archives.

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

November 4, 2005

You Feeling Cold? Because I'm Feeling Chilly!

by Luckbox

You know how every superhero has an arch-villan, right? For Batman, it's the Joker. For Superman, it's Lex Luthor. For the X-Men, it's Magneto. Of course, that leaves dozens of bad guys out there who like to fancy themselves the arch-enemy, but they're simply delusional. The Penguin? I don't think so.

This all brings us to G-Rob, a local superhero of questionable morals. I think we can all agree that G-Rob is to Superman as Otis is to Lex Luthor (work with me here). Spend a little time at the tables with them, and that becomes rather clear. I suppose a case could be made for Bad Blood, but he's really more like General Zod, if you ask me.

So what about Chilly? It's kind of pathetic, actually. Have you ever heard of The Prankster? Yeah, me neither. But I bet he fancied himself as Superman's most villainous foe. Chilly is our own Prankster.

Despite the delusional tendencies, Chilly has made enough of an impression to land himself a coveted honor, "The Nuts." If you need to know the reason, take a look at the application...

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Permalink | Poker Web Sites

November 2, 2005

WPBT Euchre Tourney Round 2!

by Luckbox

It took longer than expected, but we're officiall on to round two. Click "There's More" for details, but before you do, please click here and tell us where you're reading us from. Thanks!

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Permalink | Tournament Action

November 1, 2005

Noteworthy WPBT Developments

by Otis

Where do you read Up For Poker?

It's a busy day in Otisville. I capped off my October with a disappointing 36 out of 1100-ish finish in the Super Monday tournament. Now, it's on to more important things. They're due a proper write-up, but time escapes me. PokerStars finally signed up Joe Hachem, so my day is a little too full. Nonetheless, here are some things you should be noting in the coming days.

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