I sat cross-legged in the hotel room. The carpet was new, clean, and better than what I had in my house. The balcony doors were open, letting in a wind and exposing a view you can't buy--it's only available for rent.
A few feet away from me sat more than $30,000 in cash. Most of it was wrapped in ten-grand bundles. A private dealer had been summoned to the room, a cache of one-of-a-kind chips littered the floor, and a setup of cards was being counted down. I speak of all of this in passive voice because, while I was there, I was--at least for the moment--a spectator. It was not my money. They were not my chips. I hadn't touched the cards. I was sitting in the middle of something that was simultaneously meaningless and exceedingly important. More to the point, I was caught up in a salt-washed epiphany.More in this Poker Blog! -->
Bill Gibron of filmcritic.com writes, "This is one case where, no matter the bet, no one wins."
At USA Today, Claudia Puig comes right out of the box with, "21 does not offer audiences a winning hand."
And these people are getting paid to write?More in this Poker Blog! -->
Have you read this post from the one-and-only F-Train? It seems the Tax Man dropped a $636 past due bill on him this week for tournament winnings from 2006.
Well, I can report that F Train isn't alone. I, too, forgot a few thousand dollars in tournament winnings from the Coushatta Casino back in my crazy rush of 2005/2006. In fact, in my post, I included a picture of the very W-2 that would doom me.
And the government wanted a big piece.More in this Poker Blog! -->
As I've alluded to before, changes are a-comin' to Up For Poker. Since our launch waaaaay back in September 2003, very little has changed here. We settled into our all-star roster of Otis, G-Rob and The Luckbox, added a third column to make a few bucks and that's about it.
For a short time, we included something called "The Nuts." It was a chance for us to highlight some interesting, but not-yet-widely-read blogs that deserved some attention. It disappeared, but we're bringing it back.
It was in October 2005 when we spied a little blog out of that cozy hamlet of Los Angeles. She called herself Change100.More in this Poker Blog! -->
It seems as though a few of the blogs in our blogroll have been away from the table too long. I've requested the floor pick up their rather pitiful stacks so that we can get some fresh blood at the table.
So, with that in mind, take a look at the blogroll. If you think you should be on it, but you're not, send me an email. If you're on it, but shouldn't be, send me an email. If you think you're too low or too high on the list, send me an email. The email address you should use is blogroll -@- upforpoker (dot) com.
If you're asking for a link, there are a few qualifications: 1) You've already linked to Up For Poker Blog, 2) You post at least semi-regularly with a couple of posts at least in the last month, 3) Your email includes the name of your blog and the blog link, and 4) You recognize my awesomeness.
Gee... two posts from me in one week. That's crazy. Oh, and for Little Willy... YES WE CAN!
It's one of my favorite scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Well, I'm not dead yet! I feel happy! I feel happy!
You see, the rumors of my (and this blog's) demise has been greatly exaggerated. Sure, I've been virtually non-existant for a few months, but I've gone through a little change... in order of importance... a new wife, a new job, a new house, a new city and a new car. I've been a little busy. I haven't played a hand of poker since my bachelor party weekend in January.
There was a time when Up For Poker's future was in doubt, I won't lie to you. I thought maybe it would be easier to just forget about it. We had a good run. Maybe we should have gone out on top. The last thing I want to do was start falling behind wanna-be A-listers.
You're about to start seeing some changes around here. There might even be some time when the site isn't available, but that will only be temporary. When the transition is over, you'll see a new and improved Up For Poker.
We're not going anywhere... we're just getting started.