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June 28, 2006

A favor

by Otis

If you're at all interested in what I'm doing for the next little while and wouldn't mind doing me a favor...

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

June 26, 2006

Vegas News!

by Luckbox

I'm booked!

No, it's not for the WPBT July girly thingy. No, I'm booked for the kick ass August 2-6 weekend. Going in July was out of the question for G-Rob and I, so we're going to win WSOP events in August instead. The plane tickets are bought.

One thing I'm sorry I'm going to miss that July weekend is the first real poker-blogging, WPBT participant in history to play on American television! Jen Leo won a seat into the Mansion Poker Speed Poker tournament that airs on Fox Sports Net. I sure hope she gets a chance to drop the HAMMER! My luckbox skills are available to borrow if you need them that day. [Editor's note: As DoubleAs correctly points out, he landed on Canadian TV. They have TV up there? I have also updated to stress the WPBT nature of the blogging.]

Finally, the WSOP really gets under way tomorrow with the first full-field event (the casino employees play today). You can anticipate coverage from the regulars: Pauly at Tao of Poker, PokerProf and Co. over at LasVegasVegas.com, and I'm assuming The Spaceman will be doing some coverage for Bluff Magazine eventually. Of course, the best live-blogger in the world (I'm biased) will be out there soon, too is there now. At least in time for the Main Event, if not earlier, From now, through the Main Event, Otis will be dropping his knowledge over at the PokerStars blog (And I'm hearing some rumors that Otis will take his coverage to multimedia levels never seen at the WSOP! Stay tuned!).

Permalink | Las Vegas

June 25, 2006

Halfway to Christmas

by G-Rob

I've been rollicking in the glow of what Blood calls "a perfect storm," the confluence of good cards, good reads, and my usual hyper-aggressive style. Actually, it's just hyper. I can tilt a table in 90 seconds flat. That's how I roll.

I had 11 consecutive winning sessions live, and many of them were for very big wins, before losing a buyin (and a half) on Monday night. Still, even when I'm playing well, I'm never far removed from thinking I suck at poker.

Probably, that's because I do, in fact, suck at poker.

But I digress...

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Permalink | Playing For Money

June 23, 2006

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

by Luckbox

You haven't lived until you've heard the Bob Dylan/Guns 'N Roses classic infused with some zydeco-inspired accordian. Of course, if you're going to spend a Friday night in June at a Cajun Racino, you can't exactly complain about the music.

I felt a little out of place at Evangeline Downs tonight. My Playboy shirt and jeans was more suited for the posh (by Louisiana standards) Clubhouse than the smoke-filled, litter-covered grandstand. I also stood out because my shoes covered my toes and I didn't have a wad of chewing tobacco under my lip.

I wasn't there to impress anyway. I was there to pick the ponies.

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Permalink | Betting the Ponies

June 22, 2006

A response to BadBlood

by Otis

It's been a very long six days. I may elaborate at a later date, but for now suffice it to say, I've been on non-poker tilt for the better part of the last week. Last night around 8:30, my wife told me to shut off my computer. She didn't care what I did with my time, as long as I wasn't staring at a computer screen.

Half an hour later, I was in my car, drinking an energy drink, and calling BadBlood to see if he wanted to meet G-Rob at the Spring Hotel. Blood was otherwise busy and declined.

This morning, Blood sent an e-mail that led me to believe he was jonesing for a game last night and wanted a detailed recounting of last night's events.

All in all, it was a typical night. I walked away with no real stories. Still, I did my best to give Blood a vicarious romp through last night's session. What you'll find below the cut is not good writing, a good story, or even all that interesting. However, it is poker. So, I offer it in the spirit of letting everyone know I'm still alive, still on life-tilt, and sorry I'm not writing anything worth reading.

That is, I'm still playing, just not living a particularly interesting life right now.


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Permalink | Playing For Money

June 21, 2006

I Owe You $3

by Luckbox

Just not my night in the Mookie.

AA cracked by KQ... KKK flop.
AA cracked by 99 on the very next hand.
KK later cracked by 77.

And to think, I thought I was playing pretty well. And you all wonder why I get my money in behind.

Poker blows. Back to the ponies.

Permalink | Tournament Action

June 14, 2006

On the cusp of what?

by Otis

Ever get the feeling you are right on the edge of something? Every once in a while, I have some sort of premonition (not so much otherworldly as biological) that I'm either about to fall off a cliff or fall off a cliff and land in a featherbed full of millionaire virgins.

Or something like that.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

June 13, 2006

The Challlll-enge!

by Luckbox

Who wants a piece of The Luckbox ™ ® © ?

I don't think there's a blogger in the blogosphere who can knock me out of the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker. And I'm so confident that I've convinced Lee Jones himself to put a bounty on my head.

Bust me, and you get a seat into the WSOP 150 Seat Guaranteed tournament. That's right. Bust me, and get a great shot at a seat in the Main Event. If you don't know, that tournament entry fee is $370. That's how much faith Lee Jones has in me beating all of you. He's putting $370 of his own dollars on the line. It's not like they're making money hand over fist over there. They need every dollar they can scrape together in this difficult economy.

Think you've got what it takes? Just make sure you get in behind, because if I have outs, you're going down. I'm The Luckbox. And don't you forget it!

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In completely unrelated news, I've been remiss in failing to link up the fine folks at Wicked Chops Poker. These guys got a great thing going over there. Plus, they just featured one of my favorite writers, Jen Leo (and that smile ain't half bad either!). So go check them out and maybe even add them to your bloglines, too.

Permalink | Tournament Action

June 11, 2006

The Rush

by Luckbox

I think I may know what's wrong with my poker game. I've lost all sense of patience. I'm looking for big hands to play for big pots to make big moves. I'm making terrible calls knowing I'm way behind just to play for all my chips. I need that quick gratification. That's not the way to win a tournament.

I blame the ponies.

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Permalink | Betting the Ponies

June 8, 2006

The HAMMER Spreads

by Luckbox

You may remember when I introduced Jena a few weeks back. It turns out that the HAMMER is now a regular part of her tournament strategy. Here's an email she sent me:

Hey CJ,

Mike & I played in a local tournament Sunday afternoon. I was the big blind on my fifth hand of play when the hammer struck. There were six callers so there was $700 in the pot when I finally looked at my cards. I tried to refrain from laughing as I raised to $300 and got four callers. The flop comes 72Q rainbow. The turn is A and we are down to two players. The river seals the deal with a 2! The showdown comes --- my opponent flips over AK proudly until all eyes fall dumbfounded to my ducks full of 7's. I begin to laugh raking in a monster pot as the muttering begins --- Mike is at the next table and yells, "Don't gloat!"

I end up taking second place winning a cool $1,050.

Thanks for the lesson!

Jena

Well played, Jena... and if you'd like any more lessons, you know how to find me!

Permalink | Tournament Action

June 6, 2006

The Crazy WWdN

by Luckbox

It was as crazy as I've ever seen. I had AA and KK in the first 10 hands but had T1020 when they were over. I fought my way back until I attempted to bust wil with my weak AK vs. his TT. Down to next to nothing, I pushed 7 times before getting called. Of course, when Waffles called me, I finally had a legit hand (JJ) and it held up. Suddenly I was in 2nd.

But then again, I wouldn't have been in that spot except for one of my top five all time suckouts a little earlier in the tourney:

I hold JJ and get all in with Waffles after a flop of 5c 6c 7c. I didn't have a club, but I knew Waffles didn't have two. I did, however fear he had one. Had I gotten the chance to push first, I don't think there's anyway he calls with pocket deuces (one of them a club). But there it was, I was ahead, but afraid. I was 55% to win and Waffles 40%. The turn was a 9 of clubs. Ugh. Suddenly, Waffles was 81%. I thought I was drawing dead.

But I forgot I'm The Luckbox.

The Q of clubs on the river chopped it up. It was a pivotal point for me and I'm sure it didn't make Waffles happy. Now he'll post about his 81%.

My tournament went all wrong when I battled wil again. This time I had KK and he had the weak AK. Of course, he flopped one Ace and turned another and I was crippled again. Thankfully, I slipped into the final table and cashed in 8th. It was a crazy tourney.

Permalink | Tournament Action

June 5, 2006

Ride 'Em, Cowboy!

by Luckbox

It was my worst fear realized.

Out-chipped and heads up in a HORSE tourney against The Princess. As I told her when heads up began, she had the advantage in 4 of the 5 games, and maybe all five.

Thankfully, I managed to hold my own during the last five mintues of Stud 8 before it moved into that lovely 2 card game. I chipped back up and even took a brief chip lead before running smack dab into trip 6s. I wanted to convince myself, that based on the betting, there was no way she hit the 66x flop. Of course, I was wrong and suddenly short stacked.

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June 4, 2006

High-Stakes Chinese Poker

by Otis

I don't understand it, I tell myself. My kind of gamble is a semi-bluff with twelve outs twice. My kind of gamble is eating the pizza that's been sitting in the box overnight. My kind of gamble is not equipped for what's happening in the room around me.

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