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December 31, 2005

Selfish from the Start

by G-Rob

As a kid, I think it's safe to say, few people knew less about the pop culture world. By the fifth grade I could name the person who held every cabiniet post in the Reagan administration, but I couldn't name 3 songs on the "American Top 40." I remember, at the YMCA day camp, with a group of kids whose stay-at-home moms really needed a break, they'd play name that tune with current pop songs. The first kid to guess from my team guessed "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates and, because I now knew the name of THAT song, I guessed it for every song thereafter. Evidently our counselors didn't have that album.

Also in the fifth grade I started wearing parachute pants, and hanging out with kids who would carry strips of linoleum around from house to house. Back then the single greatest songs in my world were, "Din Da Da (Din Do Do)" from the BREAKIN' 2 : ELECTRIC BOOGALOO soundtrack, and oddly enough "1999" by Prince. My neighbor Michael had both albums, and even then I resolved to make New Year's Eve 2000, the greatest party of my life.

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The State of Poker

by Otis

I remember the eyes of the Bahamian Gaming Board members. The whites had grown large against the dark faces as they stood on the rail and watched hundreds of people dig thousands of dollars out of their pockets. The Gaming Board was beside itself.

Poker? People are acting this way because of poker?

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

December 29, 2005

Too Drunk to Call

by Luckbox

I can count the number of times I've been drunk on one hand. Some of you probably think that's rather sad, but it's not a big deal for me. I could drink if I wanted to. My family has a fine history of good drinkers (anyone who's bellied up to the bar with my Dad or brother would know that, right G-Vegas?). [Ed note: My sister can drink, too.]

The last time I was drunk it was my going away party before leaving for Lafayette, LA. The fine folks in Greenville decided I needed to drink... a lot. G-Rob was my personal bartender it seemed (which is never a good idea). If you don't know, I'm not a fan of shots. And I can't count how many shots of Goldschlager (don't ask) I did that night, but the bottle was empty and I figured I was done.

Until G-Rob approached me with a full shot glass of a dark liquid. It was Jager. I was too drunk to decline (despite screams of horror from my stomach), and when the liquid touched my tongue, my stomach had enough. Next stop: the bathroom. (If G-Rob decides to embellish I threaten to pull out the Champagne story.)

Oh, and someday I'll tell you about the fruit bowl of Vodka.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip


by Otis

From the Did You Know? Desk...

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

December 27, 2005

Thriller (in Maniller?)

by G-Rob

The lovely bride had a look of deep concern. We'd opened all the presents under the tree and, without me even noticing, I'd never unwrapped her gift to me. She looked under the Frasier Fir. She crawled behind the couch. She lifted the chair, and had that moment of discovery. I knew the present rocked.

The last time I was this excited about a present, I'd just opened Michael Jackson's "Thriller". I stopped opening the rest of my stuff and sprinted up to the turntable in my room. I called my best friend, also named Michael, and he'd gotten the record too.

I came (THIS) close to calling Otis about my I-Pod NANO. It's damn cool folks. Damn. Cool.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 24, 2005


by G-Rob

Thanks for making this the best Up For Poker year yet.

More... better... to come.

Until then, have a perfect holiday.

(CJ Update: I'd like to echo G-Rob's thoughts. Thanks to all of you for making this such a tremendous year. 2006 will be even better!)

(Otis update: I'd echo what G-Rob and CJ said, but it just seems so trite now. So, I'll take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year and Happy Valentines Day. Oh, and okay. Merry Christmas and Happy Chaka Khan).

Permalink | Up for Poker News

December 22, 2005

On Hiatus

by Luckbox

Two years and three months, 577 entries, 3772 comments, millions of hits and one too many bad beat stories.

We're worn out.

Otis, G-Rob and I need a break. It's hard to be ghey cubed with our multiple blogs and, frankly, no one's reading this stuff anyway.

Up For Poker is taking a break. We're going to re-tool, refresh and re-something else (it always works better in threes). Look for a return of Up For Poker sometime in the next 6 months.

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December 20, 2005

She Kept Straddling Me and I Loved It

by Luckbox

A great dinner and a good night's sleep didn't exactly accomplish what I had hoped. I woke up with a pounding headache the morning of the WPBT Holiday Classic. I told everyone I ran into and (thank the Poker Gods) April H. had some migraine medicine.

That would only be the start of my pain. The rest would come when cards went into the air.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 19, 2005

Otis Yells

by Otis

I don't like exclamation points. I'm not sure why the forefathers of punctuation decided to include a mark that indicates decibels. They would've been much better of to create a mark denoting sarcasm. Or, better yet, a punctuation mark that is indicative of flirting. That way, when G-Rob writes, "Otis is balding~" I would know that actually means, "You wanna sleep with my wife?" Who knew the tilde could be so hot?

My disdain for the exclamation point often translates into a rather reserved demeanor. While I can be a bit bouncey, smiley, and silly after several drinks, I rarely yell.

Of course, if you'd been with me in Vegas on the recent WPBT trip, you would never know that, for it seemed I took every opportunity to scream at the top of my lungs.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 18, 2005

WPBT Holiday Classic: The Movie

by Luckbox

It stars Jaxia Hiatt, the Luckbox, wil wheaton, Bill Fillmaff, and the final two from our tourney. It's shot and edited by our own Dr. Pauly. Check it out!

WPBT Holiday Classic: The Movie

Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 16, 2005

The Lion, The Rich, and the Restaurant

by Luckbox

If Thursday was a blur, Friday wasn't much better.

I know my plan was to get up early enough to get to the Aladdin noon tourney, but my body wasn't cooperating. Going to bed at 6am that morning probably didn't help.

When I finally staggered into the poker room (running on no sleep and less food is a bad idea), the tourney was seated and it was full. There were enough of us stragglers, however, that they opened a new table.

I was happy to see fhwrdh sitting to my left, but, unfortunately, he wouldn't last long.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 14, 2005

Bankroll Busters: PL08 and Pai Gow

by Luckbox

I arrived in Vegas more than 3 hours after I should have. My 8:14pm touchdown quickly changed to close to midnight. You'd think flying from Lafayette, LA to Atlanta, GA to Las Vegas, NV would help me avoid the snow delays. Of course I was wrong.

In fact, I didn't even get out of Lafayette on time. I arrived in Atlanta after my connection was supposed to leave and since it was seemingly the only plane in the Delta fleet to get off on time, I was stuck on a later flight. Not a lucky way to start the weekend. But I shook it off.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 13, 2005

Half Otis

by Otis

I had pieces of roast beef sandwich in my teeth and wondered if the Vegas lights were so bright that the midnight walking crowd could see my sloppiness. I passed the Bellagio, the Aladdin, and countless rocking nightclubs as I walked the length of The Strip alone. No one could see the roast beef. I wasn't smiling.

Porn slappers looked at me and backed away. They could see I was in no condition to consider the $69 two-girl special. They could see I was ill-equipped to do much of anything in bed.

They were so wrong. Twenty minutes later I was under the covers watching the National Finals Rodeo on a flickering Imperial Palace TV set.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

My Mind Isn't Working

by Luckbox

I don't have the time or the concentration to effectively communicate what a great time I had, but here are some random thoughts that should help me tell the full story later...

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

Jetway Scramble

by G-Rob

Back now, alive again, with a new spirit and a much larger bankroll. I won more at poker in the last 2 days than in the previous 6 months combined and I doubled the money I took to Vegas. I want to do a good bit of blathering about the poker action, but first things first.

This was my best trip to Vegas. The rest of the reports are great. I just had to burp this out. It's good to vent.

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Permalink | WPBT Holiday Classic Trip

December 7, 2005

WPBT Vegas Redux

by Luckbox

Want to get in the mood for Vegas? How about a look back at Vegas craziness as seen through the eyes of the Up For Poker crew...

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Permalink | Las Vegas

How to Play Pai Gow Poker

by Otis

With less than 24 hours to touchdown, I'm left with too much to do and too little time to do it. There's work, side work, packing, dog kenneling, errands, etc. I've done my best to cover everything I can in advance of the WPBT trip this weekend.

However, one thing remains undone.

So, I give you...

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Low Rollin' in Las Vegas

by Otis

This story begins like so many stories from the city in the middle of the desert:

I remember it better now than I did the morning after.

It was the night I learned to roll low in Las Vegas.

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December 6, 2005


by G-Rob

At Thanksgiving I eat too much and pretend to be interested in the Detroit Lions. On Christmas I always get a new package of socks. On the 4th of July the rest of my family flies up to Louisville while I stay here to work. Not all traditions are good, but they are traditions nonetheless.

So without further ado...

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Permalink | Las Vegas

December 5, 2005

How to pack for Las Vegas

by Otis

There are two dangers in packing your bags for Las Vegas. You can be too prepared. Or you can be ill-prepared.

I have been guilty of both.

So, I offer this Guide to Packing for a 3-4 day trip to Las Vegas.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Sir, your age is showing

by Otis

I waited for three days. Three days and none of the Up For Poker crew managed to type a single word about Friday night. We all have our excuses, I suppose. I spent 36 hours testing myself to see if I have what it takes to survive a four-day Vegas bender (jury out, but the foreman gave me the stink-eye on the way to the deliberation room, so it doesn't look good). CJ was on the road home to Loosey-Ana. G-Rob had to do his hair.

So, what happened?

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Permalink | Home Games

December 2, 2005

The Beginner

by G-Rob

I saw "DN0024" push his chips to the middle on at least two dozen hands and I called him 3 times. Aggression wins tournaments and this guy was Hitler on meth. In a way, everyone loves a player like him, I'd seen him get all-in preflop with hands like T3o, K5o, and every single naked ace. The strange things is, he actually won most of them, like some strange all-knowing poker savant. Still, he doubled me up... 3 times in a single tournament.

But ol' DN got me thinking about just who these morons are, what brings them to the table and what they're thinking when they GET there. Today, my friends, I publish the results of several minutes of thought... distracted only by the TV and a new tournament I just entered.

I know... Indulge me.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

December 1, 2005

A Challenge from Up For Poker

by Luckbox

I haven't discussed this with Otis or G-Rob, but that's okay. They're just going to have to deal with my bravado whether they like it or not.

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Permalink | Las Vegas

Roshambo when it counts

by Otis

It was just after 2am. I had three beers in my belly and PokerStars' screen burned into my corneas. I'd just finished watching BadBlood embarass a bunch of 180-SNGers. I'm not sure I've seen anyone play a final table stack much better in recent weeks.

Now, it was bedtime and Mrs. Otis was already dreading what would happen in about five or six hours.

"I'll Rock/Paper/Scissors you in the morning for who has to get up with the baby."

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