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September 12, 2008

Luckbox's Five Most Memorable Poker Hands

by Luckbox

Otis' last post was a great idea. So now I'm going to blatantly rip it off. Here's my list:

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September 8, 2008

The 5 Year Anniversary Top 5

by Luckbox

As we continue the Up For Poker 5th Anniversary celebration, here are a few top 5 lists:

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September 4, 2008

4 Years, 364 Days

by Luckbox

Five years ago tomorrow, I wrote about three bad beats that knocked me out of an online tournament. If you go back and read it now, you won't get your three bucks. Bad beat payoffs aren't retroactive.

Over the last half-decade, we've virtually eliminated bad beat stories from Up For Poker (unless you win a lot of money doing it). It's just one of the many things that have evolved over the years. We've had as many as 8 different writers here, although all but three of us came and went pretty quickly.

Today, it's Otis, G-Rob and the Luckbox. And over the next few days, we'll be taking a trip down memory lane. Five years is a long time, and I don't think any of us thought we'd be around that long!

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August 27, 2008

English Only, Please

by Luckbox

Anyone who's played poker in a casino is likely familiar with the "English Only at the Table" rule. I believe it's a regulation designed to curb any collusion that might go unnoticed by a dealer unfamiliar with foreign languages. Of course, I always think of the scene in Rounders where Worm is dealing off the bottom of the deck and complains about the Russian mobsters violating the rule.

But I digress...

It seems that at least one professional sport is following poker's lead.

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August 19, 2008

The Vegas Gateway

by Luckbox

I've never done an illegal drug in my life. In fact, I've never even smoked a cigarette. I'm pretty square, in case you didn't know. I figure I'd be one of those sad cases where a cigarette lead to a joint, lead to some acid, lead to some heroin, lead to some cocaine, lead to a forgettable prison demise. It's the gateway theory.

Well, this weekend, I came across Vegas' own version of the gateway. It's called Dave & Buster's.

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August 14, 2008

Your Olympic Poker Table

by Luckbox

I'll admit it... I'm a sucker for the Olympics. I'm a red-blooded American who loves watching the USA beat up on other countries. That means I especially enjoy sports like softball, where the rest of the world doesn't have a chance. No wonder the International Olympic Committee voted to get rid of it (Commie terrorist bastards!). But I digress...

Whenever an event rolls around, I start to wonder who among those involved might make for a good poker table. Let's look at the choices:

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August 7, 2008

Was It Really a Suckout?

by Luckbox

I'm a big believer in the power of the mind. You get lucky because you believe, truly, deep down in your heart, that you're going to get lucky. It's not that you hope you'll get lucky. It's not that you declare you'll get lucky. It's that you have no doubt, no doubt at all, that the card you need is about to fall.

For a year or two, that was me. I knew I'd get lucky more often than not. I'd ask the dealer and the card would fall. It was simple. And it made the game easy. You don't get the nickname "Luckbox" because you get lucky just once or twice.

My confidence is shaken. For every yin there is a yang. Where there is light, there is shadow. Just as belief in luck will bring luck, believing in failure breeds failure. Just read Waffles for all the proof you'll need on that account.

The Tao of Poker 5-year anniversary tournament was the last bit of proof I needed.

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July 25, 2008

The First Card Game

by Luckbox

Four of us sat in camping chairs around a cooler serving as a table and with nothing to help us see the cards except the glow of a fire and a few dim lanterns.

"It's gray," G-Rob said.

"How gray?" Otis replied.

"Charcoal."

Yet again, Uncle Ted and I were running over the table. We, frankly, couldn't be stopped. Call it collusion if you want, but in this game, we didn't mind. In fact, in this game, you can't win without it.

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July 8, 2008

I Love Money

by Luckbox

There are few things in this world that will turn a person into an absolute idiot with no regard for their own dignity. For a starving man, it may be a Big Mac. For a lonely man, it may be a naked woman who wants to sleep with him. For an addict, it's that cigarette or shot of whiskey. For G-Rob, it's any of those things.

For a lot of people on TV these days, it's money.

Exhibit A: The appropriately named "I Love Money" on VHI.

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July 1, 2008

Sin City

by Luckbox

Two years is a long time.

Two years ago, no one knew who Jamie Gold was. The Detroit Tigers were 28 games over .500 while Tampa Bay was 12 games under. Oh, and they were still the Devil Rays. Andrea Bargnani was the #1 pick in the NBA draft. Yeah, I still haven't heard of him. The nation was preparing for a Hillary vs. Rudy presidential election.

And that's the last time I was in Vegas.

The good news is that until the terrorists win, or some Socialist takes over the White House, Vegas will be exactly the same every time I go. You can change the curtains all you want, but the grime is there forever.

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June 17, 2008

Remembering The WPBT Holiday Classic

by Luckbox

It was December 11th, 2004 when about 30 bloggers gathered in Vegas for a seminal moment in the explosion of poker blogging. None of us really knew what to expect and none of us were disappointed by what we found.

Many of the experiences were hard to describe, yet we spent thousands and thousands of words on dozens of blogs telling our handful of readers what they missed. By the time the next poker blogger event rolled around, our numbers had surged past 70. It wasn't long before we'd reach a peak above 100.

So why am I thinking about that weekend now?

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June 3, 2008

Lady Luck Answers

by Luckbox

So I spent a good deal of time trying to decide just how I would approach my wife with the idea of a guy's only trip to Vegas. In just four months of marriage, I haven't had a lot of time to build up trade-worthy capital.

So it went a little like this...

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May 14, 2008

Where Can I Find the Rush?

by Luckbox

Sometimes I look back and wonder how I became the gambler I am today. To be honest with you, I was right on that edge. I knew just enough about casino gambling to be a really good loser. I think it started when my father passed on his love of roulette. That's right... roulette!!

I loved it. There was a rush every time that wheel was spun. Then I learned craps. Talk about a rush...

Blackjack, Pai Gow, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Keno... I lost and lost and lost... and loved every minute of it.

And then poker came calling. It saved me.

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April 14, 2008

The Luckbox Returns

by Luckbox

Tonight.

Mondays at the Hoy.

The Luckbox is back.

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March 11, 2008

Bring Out Your Dead!

by Luckbox

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.

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January 17, 2008

My Multi-way Pot

by Luckbox

I haven't sat at a poker table in... well, I don't know how long. That doesn't mean, however, that I haven't been playing poker. It's a game of poker that doesn't involve cards or chips, but there's still plenty of bluffing, and I definitely have to know when it's time to fold.

In a little more than a week, I will be married. Less than a month later, I'll be starting a brand new job in a brand new city. Oh... and I'll be a first time homeowner.

How's that for a multi-way pot?

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November 9, 2007

Playing Without Fear

by Luckbox

It was the first time I had ever been in the bar. And it was probably the most nervous I had ever been about what I had in my pocket. It's not every day I walk into a bar carrying a thousand dollars.

The place fancied itself a sports bar. I'm not sure that a couple TV's scattered around the single room make it a "sports" bar, but people don't seem too discriminating around here. The room was sufficiently dark for a place running a poker game. The legality fell somewhere in a pretty narrow gray area. I got the impression that the bar only hosted the game and that the dealers pocketed the rake.

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October 17, 2007

She's Got the Gene

by Luckbox

There are some days I simply lean back, put my feet up and think about how lucky I am. From the great job, to the beautiful fiancee, to an uncanny ability to pull a two-outer on the river. It's my lot in life, I suppose. If there's a constant amount of luck and bad luck in this world, then my opposite must be one unlucky soul.

But I digress... this isn't about my luck.

It's about Lady Luck's luck.

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October 16, 2007

Help?

by Luckbox

This is completely off-topic and this post will be deleted as soon as I get the help I need. So bear with me...

How do I change the values in the column of an Excel document from a percent to just a whole number? For example, I would like 12% to read "12" instead of "0.12". Do I make sense? In other words, I want to get rid of the percent sign but keep the whole number. When I format the cells from "percentage" to "general," "number" or "text," I get the decimal places. I know I can simply change the format and then re-type each number, but that's too time-consuming. I figure one of you industrious types know a better way.

Can you believe I'm using a poker blog to ask this question? My thanks in advance.

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August 23, 2007

The Lost Luckbox

by Luckbox

I'm sure you've all been wondering, "Where is The Luckbox?!?"

Okay, perhaps that's an exaggeration. After all, I lack the self-deprecating wit of G-Rob and the unsurpassed literary flair of Otis. I'm just The Luckbox.

And, frankly, I haven't been much of a Luckbox at the tables recently. And it's all because of my new home game. You'll never guess who I'm losing to now!

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July 10, 2007

My Gambling Heritage

by Luckbox

It wasn't often that our entire extended family could get together and, frankly, it was probably the last time it ever happened. That Thanksgiving, there were 18 of us. We were all seated around my grandmother's dining room table. The spread included turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and at least two jello molds.

As my grandmother said grace, she got a little emotional. She knew a gathering like this was about to become the exception and not the rule. We all bowed our heads.

"I'd like to thank God for bringing our whole family together for this dinner," she said, starting to fight back tears, "and give thanks that none of us are living in pottery."

I don't know who was first to look up, but when I did, I noticed my father trying to hold in the laughter. I think he knew it was best not to laugh at his mother-in-law. It didn't work. And soon, the entire table was laughing.

My grandmother died yesterday. I'm not sure why this is the memory that first comes to mind. Perhaps it's becaue I never got to gamble with her.

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June 19, 2007

Joe Speaker Needs Your Help

by Luckbox

We're into Round 3 of the Hot Blogger Bracket and Joe Speaker is in big trouble. You see, he got the worst draw imaginable. Some chump from Kentucky is racking up votes faster than is humanly possible. So how is it happening? That's easy. The seven people in the state of Kentucky who know how to use a computer are cheating. They've rigged this thing.

So what do we do? We cheat better. I gotta imagine the poker blogging community has enough computer savvy people to overcome whatever the state of Kentucky can throw at us. Time is running out. Start your ballot stuffing now. Joe Speaker's future relies upon it.

Go here to vote.

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June 12, 2007

Joe Speaker: Round 2

by Luckbox

The poker-blogging community is strong! Want proof? Joe Speaker breezed through the first round of the "Hot Blogger Bracket" over at Ladies...

Now it's on to Round 2 and our resident Obituarium and men's hair product expert is in a dog fight with an ambiguously gay duo from Pittsburgh (no connection to Mean Gene!). Joe Speaker needs your votes and AlCantHang has promised to bribe you for your cooperation. You can read Speaker's own request for votes here.

Vote here.

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June 6, 2007

Vote for Joe Speaker!

by Luckbox

Let's show the sports world the true power of the poker blogger community. Our very own Joe Speaker is in a fight. And it's a fight we can all help him win. Please head here for the details. Or, if you don't like to read, head directly here, scroll down some and vote for Joe Speaker!

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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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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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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!

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February 25, 2007

Horn Tooting

by Luckbox

In case you haven't noticed, the "Up For" franchise has expanded once again. First, it was the world of poker. Then, it was the world of sports. Now, it is the world of entertainment.

Up For Hollywood delves into everything from movies to music and from television to pop culture. And you'll probably recognize a couple of the writers, too!

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February 7, 2007

Happy Hammer Day

by Luckbox

February 7, 2007

2/7/2007

Hammer Day!

On this day, I think back fondly on my favorite HAMMER. Here's just a taste:

So I calmly flip my HAMMER and lay it down right beside the three 7's on the board. Suddenly, half the table erupts. My fellow bloggers are out of there seats with exclamations of "Hammer!!!!" and "Oh my God!!" I raise my arms in victory.

You can read about my Hammer quads here.

And here are some other tales of the most powerful hand in poker:

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December 19, 2006

She Wants To Learn

by Luckbox

I haven't been playing much poker lately. I'm up about 12 bucks for the month playing in just a few WWdN's, a Mookie and a CC's Thursday Night Bash. I haven't sat at a live poker table since the middle of October.

The reason is simple, and many of you already know it. I have a rather welcome distraction in my life and it's taking up my weekends. But don't worry... I'm not giving up on poker and I'm not done sucking out on all of you.

The key is getting Lady Luck into poker. A couple that plays together, stays together, right? Here's where you come in.

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November 19, 2006

Luck Be a Lady

by Luckbox

About half the 90-person field was gone by now. My stack was just below average and I was playing a solid but unspectacular game. Frankly, I haven't been playing all that much, so perhaps the $50 buy-in wasn't the best idea, but these 90-person SNGs aren't the toughest fields in the world.

Dealt A9s in the BB, a rather aggressive player raised 3xBB. I called, hoping for a favorable flop. I'd say the AJ9 flop was favorable. I knew exactly what he'd do, so I just checked. Predictably, he fired out a pot-sized bet. I re-raised all-in and he called shortly after his time clock started counting down.

He showed KQo.

I can't believe I started my first poker post in more than a month with a bad beat story. I just wish the ten had come on the turn, then I'd have been able to re-suck.

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November 7, 2006

Election Day

by Luckbox

I'm live-blogging my election day over at Up For Anything.

Otis is live-blogging his election day over at Rapid Eye Reality.

And, who knows, maybe G-Rob will grace us with some of his thoughts right here!

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September 24, 2006

The Bash: By the Numbers

by Luckbox

12: Consecutive hands I held the nuts in the Friday night mixed game.
7: Times I failed to correctly bet the nuts during that stretch.
4: Times Heather yelled at me for it.
2: World-class pros I knocked out of the charity poker tournament.
17: Times one of those world-class pros called me a douchebag during the tourney.
0: Players who outlasted me in that tourney.
1: Hammers dropped by me heads up, beating K7o.
12,000: Dollars raised for charity by the single-table tournament.
2: Hotties I bought drinks for.
1: Set of perfect legs on one of those hotties.
14: Hours later that I learned how old the hotties were.
19: Their age.
10: Beers I consumed during the Bash.
1: Beers that I chugged during the tournament.
0: Shots that others convinced me to do.

It was a blast, but I wouldn't have expected anything less. I promise a full tourney write-up tomorrow!

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August 17, 2006

Another Worthy Cause

by Luckbox

WPT photographer Paul Hannum died suddenly during the WSOP when his appendix burst. I did not know him personally, but from what I've heard from others, he will be missed in the poker world.

The lovely Jen from Absolute Poker alerted me to a charity tournament being hosted by one of our favorites, Gavin Smith:

When: Tuesday August 29th, 7pm
Where: Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA (during the WPT Legends of Poker)
Buy In: $1,000 (play for prizes, money goes to charity)

UPDATE: Prizes Announced!!

FIRST PRIZE: 25K Seat WPT Championship Event at the Bellagio

SECOND PRIZE: Paradise Poker Conquest Prize Package (May 12-18th, 2007 Atlantis Resort, Bahamas which includes $5200 seat to the Conquest of Paradise Island Main event, 6 nights accommodations at Atlantis, plus $1K cash to your Paradise account)

THIRD PRIZE: Seat into the WPT Invitational

If you are interested in playing, email Kristin Cranford at this email address: kristin -@- pokerpadz.com

All the proceeds will go to Paul's fiancee Sarah Percey and their unborn baby girl who's due in October. If you can't get to the tournament and still want to donate, you can go to the Baby Hannum website.

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July 22, 2006

Because It's How You Roll

by Luckbox

Because you know if you were in little Peyton's shoes, you'd want people to help you.

Because you know if you won the WSOP Main Event, you'd make sure some of your riches went to help someone like Peyton.

Because that's just what Bobby Bracelet would do, and who doesn't want to roll like him?

Get out your poker bankrolls again and pull off a few bills. We've got some outstanding new additions to the ForPeyton auction and you only have a few days left to bid!

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July 18, 2006

It's On Its Way

by Luckbox

Just in time for Vegas, it's my new card protector:

It measures 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" so it's small enough so that it won't completely cover my cards. Let's hope it does its job!

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July 13, 2006

Who's The Man?!?!

by Luckbox

Congrats to Bobby B., et al on their very successful charity auction. The ForPeyton.com fund now has an extra $1600 in its piggy bank. Thanks to everyone who participated, and my aplogies to those who adore Isabelle less than I do!

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July 11, 2006

Get Out Your Wallets

by Luckbox

Poker Pro's Donate Items for Charity Auction ForPeyton.com LESS THAN TWO DAYS LEFT TO BID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've come to learn that the poker blogging community is one of the most caring and giving communities I've ever known. When I wanted to raise a little money to fight MS, the community came through. When Spaceman wanted to raise money for Charlie Tuttle, there was no hesitation.

Now it's time to dig deep for a 2 1/2 year old girl who tragically lost her mother to an extremely rare form of cancer. Little Peyton has a difficult time ahead, but we can make the road ahead much easier for her.

Bobby Bracelet (with help from Spaceman and Shelly, as well as poker pros like Gavin Smith) is spearheading a huge auction and fundraiser to raise tens of thousands of dollars. It's simple, click on the links below and make your bids now!

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May 31, 2006

On Luck and Poker Pros

by Luckbox

The concept of "luck" has been floating around the poker blogosphere for a couple of days now, and, as The Luckbox, I felt compelled to weigh in.

It started with Jordan and moved to Biggestron. Upon reading their posts, all I could say is:

Lamenting the affect of luck is a good way to ignore the real problem.

I'm glad I didn't say more because F-Train wrote everything I wanted to say, but much better than I would have.

[Update: Scurvydog adds some great fodder for this discussion, saying, again, what I would if I could write. And judging by the comments, I've offended with this post. I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm not. Poker is a game of skill. It is a game of math. Sometimes you hit and sometimes the donkey hits. If you can't tailor your game to accomodate those contingencies, then go play craps.]

Okay, on to the fun stuff...

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April 16, 2006

Poker? I Don't Even Know Her

by Luckbox

I tried to get the itch back today.

I knew there would be some overlays in some of the day's biggest tournament so I figured I'd risk large chunks of my bankroll in an effort to get back in the MTT groove.

Raise your hand if you think that's a good idea?

Tonight it all ended during EasyCure's charity tournament when I got all my chips in preflop with KK vs. SoxLover's AK. I suppose my first mistake was being ahead. My second was suggesting in chat before I called that his Aces were gonna knock me out. The Ace on the river did.

And I was really hoping to impress the one and only Poker Babe with my advanced play. So much for that.

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April 4, 2006

They Are All Liars (Updated)

by Luckbox

I am Poker Champ.

And I can prove it. LOL.

(Otis edit: Buncha people taking credit for my work pisses me off. How the hell else was I going to play on Stars without becoming the Champ?)

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March 30, 2006

Playboy on Hold

by Luckbox

I come back from one of the greatest trips of my life and this is what I get to deal with. I think this is what I get for leaving G-Vegas. If I were there, this would never have happened. That's why it pays to have a sober person in the middle of drunken madness.

When I first heard of the weekend dustup, I thought it was a joke. Then I started getting bombarded with phone calls and IM's from my closest friends back in South Cackalacky. Something was wrong, terribly wrong. I immediately reached out to G-Rob and Otis... after all, there's an awful lot of history there.

Bottom line, things are bad. There's a good chance G-Rob crossed a line, but since I wasn't there, I don't want to pass judgement. I do know he's chosen to move on and join Bad Blood. I'll be the first to say I'm disappointed. Especially at the tone of G-Rob's first post. But I certainly don't hold anything against Blood. G-Rob needed a place to fall, and that's a good a place as any.

Until (If?) things get patched up, Up For Poker will move ahead as well. Joining the ranks is my brother, Lefty. Many of you know him. He's not much of a poker player (but was G-Rob really? I keed... I keed!). But he will bring a unique perspective.

It's apparent that Tri-Clops will need to go on hiatus as well. There's just too much bad blood (no pun intended) to get into any meaningful debates there right now.

Anyone who knows me knows I fall into the "peacemaker" role a lot. I don't like conflict. I especially hate when it affects this blog or this community. But it's not a role I relish and I want to get past this thing as soon as possible. Any help you all may provide would be greatly appreciated.

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March 6, 2006

What's Wrong With Me?

by Luckbox

[21:45] G-Rob: Dear CJ,
[21:46] G-Rob: I miss you. Please come home.
[21:46] G-Rob: Love,
[21:46] G-Rob: Up For Poker

So my fellow contributor was on the girly message thingy tonight and that's what I got pinged with. He's right. I've been missing in action. I guess you can say poker disillusioned me a bit. When the Hilton Sisters take you out back and molest you with their 4-inch heels on three consecutive days, you don't exactly want to sit back down at the tables.

But losing isn't it. I've done that before. So what is it?

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February 17, 2006

I Wish I Were in L.A. (UPDATED)

by Luckbox

I'm only in La., not L.A., so the only way I'm going to feel like I'm there is through the words of our liveblogging brethren...

Jason is continuing his sweet gig with Bluff Magazine and brining us updates and photos (more Evelyn Ng!).

And, of course, the original live-blogger himself is working his fingers to the bone without the benefit of a cozy professional gig. Make sure you stop by...

(Update: The UFP boys think this might be a good marketing tool for Pauly at the WSOP ---Otis)

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September 25, 2005

Gambling With Your Life

by Luckbox

Hurricanes are -EV.

If I ever sit down at a poker table and I've Katrina on my right and Rita on my left, I'm leaving.

But this isn't about poker. It's about the worst kind of gambling. It's about mother nature's version of Russian Roulette. It's about ignoring the warnings and gambling with your life.

Thousands of people gambled with Hurricane Katrina like they were Gus Hansen holding 3-4 offsuit. Katrina was holding the nuts. More than a thousand people died. Hundreds of those likely could have gotten out if they wanted to. They made a choice, and it cost them. Everything.

Hurricane Rita did not have as many fish at her table. When the storm approached, people fled in droves. They picked up their bankroll, toked the dealer and politely said goodbye to the rest of the table. Very few people decided to gamble this time.

When the word to evacuate comes down, it's not a bluff. It's deadly serious. When the Hurricane arrives, it will be making poker hands with a Euchre deck... the rest of the cards are yours. Who do you think is going to win?

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August 2, 2005

Pictures from Home

by Luckbox

So I don't have the writing skills of my UFP brethren, but what I lack in wordsmithing, I make up for in pictures.

Just to fulfill the poker requirement, here's the 4 aces I used to knock my Dad out of our family SNG:

Notice he was playing 45o into my preflop raise. Shame on you, Dad. Needless to say, I ran over my brother, sister and father in the two games we played.

Now, click "There's More!" to see pictures of my nephew, JP. It's why I'm posting in the first place...

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July 12, 2005

It's Our Turn to Help

by Luckbox

Poker is a solitary endeavour. It always has been. It always will be. That doesn't mean, however, that we ignore our brothers and sisters in the poker community.

Last month, we lost one of our brothers. Read the story of Charlie Tuttle here. There's not always much we can do, but in this case, there is.

WPBT "Charlie" Tournament

When? 6PM EST Sunday July 17th

Where? PokerStars (Tourney #9680072 under the Private tag)

How Much? $20 - every single dime goes to Charlie's family

What Do I Get When I Win? The comfort of knowing you're doing something good for someone else.

No, Really... No. Really.

Get in the game. I'll see you there. Let's show people what the poker blogging community is capable of.

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May 15, 2005

Scared of Me Again, I See

by Luckbox

We've got a WPBT WSOP Satellite tonight on PokerStars at 9:00pm ET, and there are just 19 people signed up. 19 people!?!?!? That's the best you can do!?!?!?

This is your chance to join Otis, Bobby Bracelet, Russel Fox and Wes the Big Pirate in the WSOP. This is your chance to break the record for most railbirds at a WSOP event. And it costs you just $30!!!

Get in the game! Password is tequila. Anyone who doesn't show will have their blog syndicated on my new banner farm. So get in the game!!!!

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April 11, 2005

Welcome to the World, JP

by Luckbox

For and update on April 12, click here to go over to Up For Anything.

Here he is... he's doing better after some more tense moments. Update below.

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April 10, 2005

A Few Prayers Would Be Welcome

by Luckbox

I became an uncle today for the very first time. What would normally be some of the best news of my life has been tempered by some complications.

Jeffrey Paul Johnson was born at about 3:30 ET, but the delivery was anything but smooth.

Once my sister went into labor, there seemed to be a problem with JP's heart rate. The doctors were concerned enough that they rushed my sister to the OR. Once there, the doctors decided there wasn't enough time to do anything buy knock my sister out and perform a cesarean.

When JP was born, there was a problem with his breathing. In fact, he didn't seem to be breathing very well on his own at all. Before Jen or Steve could even see him, he was taken to the NICU so he could be hooked up to a ventilator.

JP has some kind of lung infection he picked up while in the womb. The doctors are worried that if he's taken of the ventilator, he won't want to use his lungs because it will hurt, and he hasn't learned yet that his lungs are the only way he'll be able to breathe.

The good news is that other than that, JP appears to be very healthy. And my sister came through it all okay (she's still a little woozy from the medication, so I haven't talked to her yet). Steve seems to be handling it all really well, but he and Jen have always been strong.

It's a delicate time right now, and I could really use your prayers. I've got plans to teach JP how to play volleyball and disc golf and, most importantly, poker. I'm his godfather, after all, so I've got lots of responsibilities. The biggest is doing whatever I can to make it sure he gets through the next few weeks okay.

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March 29, 2005

The Desert Island

by Luckbox

In case you haven't heard, AlCantHang, Boy Genius, Pauly, Iggy, Hank, Grubby and BadBlood are stranded on a desert island. Apparently, island leader has come down to Hank or Iggy and they can't figure out who to eat.

What they don't know is that they're not alone on the island...

On the other side of the island is a more formidable group of poker bloggers. (Yeah, I'm bitter for not being included in the conversation, so sue me). On our side, we've got the Up For Poker Crew (me, Otis and G-Rob), along with Maudie, Sean, April, the Poker Geek and wil wheaton.

And things on our side of the island are much better!

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March 18, 2005

The Wedding Day

by Luckbox

My brother gets married today. That's him over there with the apple in his mouth. Lest you think pictures like that might dissuade his fiance from going through with the ceremony, it was the bride who sent that picture to anyone and everyone proud that this is the man she was to marry.

It's only a little weird to me that starting tomorrow I'll have a new sister-in-law. The good news is that she is a beautiful woman with a heart as big as anyone I've ever met. It didn't take me long to figure out that Meghan was going to be a part of the family. My brother likes to hide things, but it's hard for him to hide anything from me.

In a few hours, I'll stand and give a toast to the new couple, and I figure it will go a little something like this... (although I'm likely to write a lot more than I'll say!)

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March 8, 2005

Random Thoughts From the Felt

by Luckbox

First, there are no actual prostitutes in the post below, but I think it's fun anyway.

Secondly... Otis' brother, Little Willie, shows us how to drop the HAMMER...

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December 2, 2004

Thank You!

by Luckbox

First, go below this post and read Otis' post. He poses some questions for those of you joining us in Vegas.

Second, I wanted to thank all of you for the tremendous growth of Up For Poker this year. We'd be doing this if no one was reading, but knowing so many people stop by makes us want to do an even better job!

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November 17, 2004

A Poker Bloggers Plea

by Luckbox

Another UPDATE: It's over, and the poll disappeared. I think Beth came up a few votes short. They cheated. The vote disappeared late last night before I could launch my final assault. Cheaters...

UPDATE!!!! We're still behind, but you can revote today. Apparently the ISP's reset each day. Vote today and vote tomorrow and tell your friends.

This is not poker-related, but important nonetheless. Otis and I would like all of our loyal readers to go to this website and vote for Beth Brotherton as Hottest News Girl.

Any help you can provide, and networking you can do to help swing this vote would be greatly appreciated. Beth must win! It's important to the poker bloggers of G-Vegas and one of our poker buddies (Beth's husband).

I thank you all in advance for the help you may provide. Remember, vote Beth and vote often!!! (Apparently this site allows you to vote only once per computer because of cookies... unless you can find away around that...)

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August 15, 2004

Otis' Biggest Jackpot

by Luckbox

It started at about 3:50 pm on Friday the 13th. I'm not sure if that's an omen or not.

It was a marathon session, lasting about 15 hours. I'm guessing that's longer than any tournament Otis has ever played in.

But there's no question this was Otis' best session ever. This was Otis' biggest jackpot. This was Otis' WSOP bracelet.

At 5am on August 14th, 7 lb. 11 oz. Dylan Price was born. If that's not a poker name, I don't know what is! Mommy and baby are doing just fine.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Otis!!!!!!

(To here it from Otis' own mouth, just go here.)

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