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April 29, 2007

Moving All In

by Luckbox

There are those moments in your life where you are faced with a decision. A decision that will decide your fate. Shrink from the moment and regret it forever. Rise to the occasion and your life will never be the same.

Last night, I moved all in.

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Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

April 25, 2007

Barney strikes back?

by Otis

In case you don't have your cell phone programmed to ring and a messenger service on call as a back up to notify you every time Wicked Chops updates, you might have missed the annoucement that Rep. Barney Frank is going to introduce a bill to fully repeal last year's anti-online gaming legislation. I have mixed feelings about the current strategy, but at least it's a step in the right direction. A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow.

For more, check out the Politico.

Permalink | Internet Gambling Bill

April 24, 2007


by Luckbox

If the UFP crew had to collectively select their favorite all-time band, I have little doubt that it would be Eddie From Ohio. After my last session at the Coushatta Casino, it was a little bit ironic that the song playing as I started my car was EFO's Bookends.

Between my first and my last hand, I racked up a cool $900 profit. The game is soft, as usual. But that doesn't mean there's no risk. The game is in the cards. And they don't always fall my way. I may be The Luckbox, but no one is always lucky. So why don't you tell me what you would have done?

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Permalink | B&M Poker

April 22, 2007


by G-Rob

[Note: I considered telling a few stories about my last few games. That's really what this blog does well. You don't need much strategy advice. Still, sometimes just typing this stuff helps ME play better. And... this IS a blog.]

Ain't it funny how fast you can go from genius to moron and back again? Two months ago I thought I was on top of this game. I made this arrogant observation to Mr. Blood after Tunica, "I feel comfortable at any table. There's no game where I can't hold my own."

To be fair, I'm actually pretty arrogant.

Then I went on a month-long slide. Some pretty awful beats were part of the carnage, of course, but I was playing like crap. Here's what I learned:

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

April 19, 2007

Where I've been (as always this is only vaguely poker related)

by G-Rob

My photographer, Kebin, and I were sitting on a bench beside the new RiverPlace building downtown. Our last interview of the day was set for 1:15 outside the Starbucks and our previous shoot ended early. It was warm for the first time in days so we just reclined there and soaked up the sun, watching the business folks speed walk to whatever important meeting they had.

I told Kebin they always looked depressed. He said, "They're decision makers. Decisions are never fun, man."

Just before our guy was scheduled to arrive, this older guy leans in to ask a question.

"Did you hear what happened at Virginia Tech?"

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April 18, 2007

The Sweetest Criminal

by Otis

It wasn't a mutter that raised the eyebrows. It was spoken in full voice and with no small amount of disgust.

"What the fuck?"

For a moment, we bristled, looked at the six-seat, and waited for a reaction. There was none, because Vera, apparently, had heard it all before.

Someone said maybe we should tone it down out of respect for the lady. The gentlemen among us--myself not necessarily included--nodded. We weren't raised to use words like "fuck" and "douchebag" around ladies. Further, we weren't sure why we felt like the poker table gave us an excuse to break away from our manners.

As if to allay our concerns, Vera tittered. Yes, I'm sure it was a titter. And then she said, "In my life, I've heard it all."

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April 16, 2007

The $400 Parking Ticket

by Luckbox

His name was John and he was perched in the ten seat with a couple hundred in chips in front of him. He was a regular, he knew our current dealer was slower than most. Another player told him he looked like a "Bohemian Chris Hansen." We all guessed he meant Gus.

The thing I remember most is that he enjoyed raising me.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

April 13, 2007

The Worldwide Peter

by Otis

I gotta admit, for a guy who has been as fortunate as I have, I'm still a little more than jealous of Pauly nabbing the best gig in all of poker writing. As we end the week, I encourage you to head over to the Tao and give him a pat on the back. Lotta work went into getting there and I, despite my envy, am happy for the guy.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts

April 7, 2007

Trooper Clubs

by Otis

A couple years back when we started playing a lot more of the underground games in G-Vegas, Eddie the Dealer dropped a new hand nickname on me. He called 9-7 "The Trooper." It was a loose reference, near as I could tell, to an Iron Maiden song of the same name. I can't say I ever played the hand any more or any less because of the nickname, but I embraced The Trooper as the hand's name and addressed it as such.

Just before I left to go to Monte Carlo, I got caught up in a Trooper hand that taught me a lot of things. Most importantly, it taught me why I'll never be a good no-limit cash game player.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

April 5, 2007

A million dollar hand

by Otis

The EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final was all but over. Nearly every table in the massive tournament room was empty. It was after midnight and the two final players, Marc Karam and Gavin Griffin, were heads up with nearly equal stacks. They were both 100 big blinds deep. The difference between first and second place was 800,000 euros.

And they got it all-in on a flop of...


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April 1, 2007

For your interpretation

by Otis

The side benefit to my little workaday world is invitations and access that I normally wouldn't receive. Said invitations and access generally result in an increase in what I generally call The 80%.

Because of my responsibilities to my clients, I usually only blog about 20% of what I see and hear. The rest of it is off limits. Sure, I'll tell you about it over beers or something, but I can't risk pissing the wrong people off by revealing all the behind-the-scenes stuff in a public forum. So, The 80% is off-limits.

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Permalink | Otis' Thoughts