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March 28, 2007

WSOP Rules on Gold's Cheating

by Luckbox

Anyone who watched Jamie Gold's disgusting behavior during the 2006 WSOP knows that on at least two occasions, he violated sacred tournament poker rules.

On one occasion, Gold told an opponent whom he was friends with that he had "top-top" while the action was still open. You can watch that video here. On another occasion, while at the final table, Gold flipped one of his hole cards while the action was still open. Both are rules violations that should have resulted in at least a 10-minute penalty had anyone complained. Unfortunately, no one did.

Today, the World Series of Poker released a statement which says, in part, "The WSOP officials determined from the video review and the discussions with Gold that he did not deliberately attempt to violate the rules and that no penalties would be invoked retroactively for the incidents."

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Permalink | 2006 WSOP

March 22, 2007

Might As Well Face It

by Luckbox

My list of addictions is long and varied. For the last four years, one of my most enjoyable and time-consuming addictions was online poker. While many addictions can destroy a life, this one was not only profitable but it also introduced me to a world of crazy, poker-blogging friends that I would never have known otherwise.

In the words of Sammy Sosa, online poker has been berry, berry good to me.

With such a deep and meaningful history, you'd think it'd be hard to say goodbye. It hasn't.

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

March 19, 2007


by Luckbox

I have mirrors on my wall.

This made not sound strange to most readers, but most of you have never seen the inside of anywhere I've ever lived. Mirrors on my wall is a big deal. It's part of the home makeover master-minded by Lady Luck. And it's only the beginning.

Now, as I sit in my living room, on my couch, writing this, I can see light and images bouncing around the room.

Reflecting is good.

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Permalink | B&M Poker

Running bad

by Otis

From across the street, it might have looked like I was checking to see if my wallet was in the right spot. Or maybe it would've looked like I was feeling my ass, just to make sure I hadn't lost it in the past six weeks. The joke would be on whoever was playing Otis Voyeur. I don't carry a wallet and I haven't seen my ass in years.

No, I was feeling to see how much I had in my pocket. After you do this for a while, you can get a sense for how much you're carrying. Thickness and weight, all jokes aside, make a difference.

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Permalink | Other Gambling

March 17, 2007

A Preview

by Luckbox

It was back to the Coushatta for a little poker action last night. Here's a taste:

"Watch out, I'm trouble," she said moments after sitting down to my right and stacking her chips on the table.

"Oh.. is that right," the slightly inebriated player to her right responded, "Well, I'd like to be in trouble."

I'll give you a moment to let that crude joke settle in.

What might have been funny was actually a little creepy. He seemed like a nice enough guy,but since he got back from dinner, his shirt was unbuttoned down to the last button. I didn't really need to know that he waxed his chest.

More to come!

Permalink | B&M Poker

March 15, 2007

Know Success

by G-Rob

On Tuesday I drove an hour to Walhalla. There are, normally, very few reasons to visit Walhalla. It's far from the interstate and not on the way to anywhere. Or Anything.

The PE teacher was going places once. He was almost a big deal. Almost a coaching legend. Almost a lot wealthier that he was now. Now he's in Walhalla.

He had his shot at the big time, a 3-pointer, and it missed.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

March 14, 2007

Know Thyself Answers Pt 1.

by Otis

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the "Know Otis" experiment. I took a stab at answering a few of the questions in a short narrative. Not sure it's worth anything, but after the jump you'll find the answers to...

Five years ago, did you see yourself where you are today (poker,life, work, etc...)? --TripJax

Chronicle for us your teens to adulthood by telling us what has been and now currently is your drink of choice. --BG

Have you ever uttered an obscenity on the air? If not, can you recall a time when you were very, very close? Sincerely, Riveted in Rancho Cucamonga --Speaker

Have you ever gotten in trouble for cursing loudly at a live shot location when you weren't even there?

When was the last time you played 7-Card Stud-Follow the Bitch-Low Cincinnati, and how much did you lose? --Team Scott Smith

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

March 12, 2007

The Up For Sports Bracket Challenge

by Luckbox

Think you know more about the NCAA Tournament than me? Well, you'd be wrong, but that doesn't mean you can't try. I've set up a bracket challenge to see just who amongst us can make the most correct guesses. Because, really, we all know this has nothing to do with college basketball knowledge.

So, now's your chance to lose to The Luckbox. Just click here to join the Up For Sports Bracket Challege. The password, appropriately enough, is luckbox. If you've got any problems joining up, just let me know!

Permalink | Other Gambling

March 8, 2007

Know thyself

by Otis

A few years ago, I did a series on Rapid Eye Reality called "Get to Know Your Otis." For lack of something in the way of a fine story to tell this week, I beg your indulgence in this forum.

Ask a question, I'll do my best to give an answer.

If I get a little lucky, your questions might remind me of a story I haven't told yet.

Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

March 5, 2007

Hello from here

by G-Rob

It's been a very long time, dear reader, and I'm sorry for that. I've half-written and then discarded a dozen or so posts in the past few weeks. I've tried to craft something smart or pithy or, at least, legible. Frankly, it's been a chore. I'm in a pretty nasty funk these days. I'm not stuck in the poker sense but I'm stuck nonetheless.

C'est la vie.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

March 4, 2007

The penalty for miscalling a poker hand

by Otis

Don't ask why I was playing 8-4 suited in diamonds. It doesn't matter. It was shaping up to be that kind of night. Plus, I'm sort of lost. Nevertheless, I saw two diamonds on the flop and stoppped paying attention. I paired the four on the turn and hit another diamond on the river. It was checked to me and BadBlood asked, "How much will it cost me to buy this pot?"

"Thirty-five dollars," I said. That was the amount I will was willing to call with my weak flush.

"Then I check," he said.

I saw Do-Right getting ready to table K4. I was happy my little flush was about to win.

"I have a flush," I said and tabled my 8-4 of diamonds.

"You realize you don't have a flush?" Eddie, the dealer said. He looked at me like I was something just short of a diagnosed moron.

I looked at the board and re-counted the diamonds. Sure enough, there were only two.

Do-Right tabled his K4 to outkick my 8-4 and dragged his pot.

"Cocktails!" I yelled, startling the waitress into action. I then buried my head into a felt of shame and listened to someone joke, "Five red cards...FLUSH!"

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Permalink | Playing For Money

March 3, 2007


by Luckbox

I really just wanted to touch her again.

She looked amazing. Her blouse was cut tantalizingly low, but I couldn't allow my eyes to wander. It was a first date. And I was a gentleman.

But I really just wanted to touch her again.

When I saw her for the first time, I was stunned. She walked out of her house and towards me. I stood there, trying to decide if I should shake her hand.

"Well..." she said, "Aren't you going to give me a hug?"

First impressions are important. I wonder what impression I gave.

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Permalink | B&M Poker

March 2, 2007

Can You Help Me Out?

by Luckbox

This is my nephew. He's sitting in the awesome fire truck filled with legos that I got him for Christmas. I show you this picture because he's just about the cutest nephew in the world and for another reason.

This weekend, he's participating in the MS Walk in San Antonio. For those who don't know, my sister has MS. Thankfully it's not a severe case, but finding a cure is something about which my family cares deeply. With that in mind, I was hoping some of you might be interested in sponsoring my nephew in the walk.

This is the link to my nephew's page. I really appreciate anything you're able to do.

From Jeffrey: Thank you so much, Uncle CJ, for putting up this post! I got lots more donations from your friends, and Mommy and I are really happy about it. Plus, nobody else has cool names in their Honor Roll like "Puncher of Donkeys." And Mommy said I'm probably the only little boy who got a special "Hammer Donation" (I couldn't figure out what was special about $27 until Mommy explained the power of two-seven offsuit to me). Thank you to all of Uncle CJ's friends who donated--and if you still want to donate, you can at my webpage until April 3! Thank you so much, everyone!

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts