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Poker Blog established in 2003 as the first stop for poker news, poker stories, and bad poker advice.

May 3, 2008

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby

by Luckbox

POST RACE UPDATE: Big Brown. Wow.

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Here is your Kentucky Derby winner.

Monba

How did I arrive at this pick? It took three easy steps...

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April 22, 2008

Gambling On Politics

by G-Rob

My good friends here at the Up for Poker blog hate it when I write about something other than poker itself. This is not the "Up for Whatever Is on G-Rob's Mind" blog. Frankly I agree that such a blog would be the most irrational sort of nonsense on the web... which is setting the bar pretty low.

That said, I do love to gamble on nearly anything at all. One year Otis and I spent an entire Super Bowl betting on whether the next commercial would be "Car, Food, or Beer."

It's a sickness. But if you're sick like me, poker is gambling for pussies.

So here's another way to not-gamble-for-money-because-that's-illegal:

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April 5, 2008

How to Win the Pick 6

by Luckbox

Full disclosure: I've never won the Pick 6.

On Sept. 3 of last year, BG and I put together a Pick 6 ticket that came within a nose of winning. Five out of 6 paid a few hundred bucks for us, but we were that close to a big pay day. The day before, we lost one race by a head and another by a half-length. Close yet again to a really nice pay day.

If there's one truism in betting the ponies, however, it's that close doesn't pay the bills. And yet, here I am, imparting my amatuer knowledge on you. Thank me later.

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November 25, 2007

Poker kills pool?

by Otis

I've never been much of a pool player. I can hold a cue stick and sink a few balls, but apart from one very unfortunate incident in the back of an Atlanta club in which I let hubris and drink get the best of me, I don't play for money.

Unless.

Unless I'm rolling with one particular friend who, in the days before poker, made a few bucks hustling on a different kind of felt. In his day, he was a pretty damned good pool player and his demeanor makes him perfect for getting a game. Not surprisingly, he now spends more time playing cards than he does playing nine-ball.

I would never have asserted that poker killed the pool hustler's game. Fortunately, someone with more chops than me has done it.

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March 19, 2007

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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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!

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February 20, 2007

Poker in the Pit

by Luckbox

Since the Wicked Chops guys seem to love alliteration so much, I decided to let the staff intern write the headline for this post. The post is inspired by a short trip to the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, LA. To be honest, there ain't much to see. Most importantly, there's no poker room. However, that doesn't mean there wasn't "poker" being played...

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November 5, 2006

Up For Poker's NFL Humiliation Challenge

by Otis

Updated with ongoing results

G-Rob threw down the gauntlet yesterday and decided to put his beloved flipping penny up against Luckbox and BG in picking the NFL games. I decided his methods were far too scientific to properly humiliate the sportsbettting side of UFP. With that said, we offer you this week's UFP NFL Humiliation Challenge.

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November 4, 2006

Why Sports Betting is Unwise

by G-Rob

So let me start by saying, yes, I've invested in the "Wacky Pick 6" ordeal. I have some degree of faith in the horse picking acumen of BG and Luckbox. But nobody, not even those with initials for names can outpick me (I use an initial AND a name) in football.

Observe...

(Ed. note: Luckbox's picks are now added. And there are other "initial-names" I can think of, like F-You A-Hole.)

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October 28, 2006

Genius + Luck = NFL Picks

by Luckbox

You'd think that someone known as the Boy Genius and someone known as The Luckbox would be able to manage a better than .500 record picking NFL games. You'd think that... and you'd be wrong. We've picked 4 out of 7 weeks so far, and I'm sitting at 27-28-2 while my fearless compatriot is at 26-29-2. It has to get better, right?

So without further ado, I give you week 8 in the NFL:

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October 14, 2006

Here We Go Again

by Luckbox

Week 6 of the NFL season and Boy Genius and I are back again for our 4th week of picks. It's been, um, marginal at best so far. After three weeks, I'm a stellar 22-20-2 and BG is right behind me at 20-22-2. We should be better than this. The worst thing is that even if you were betting against us, you'd still be right around .500.

This week, we decided to get a jump start on the picks so that you can fully absorb them in time to make your bets. If you were to engage in that kind of illegal activity. So, without further ado, the CJ-BG football pick chat:

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October 8, 2006

Don't Bet These Picks!

by Luckbox

We'r'e back for NFL Week 5, and the third week of picks for Boy Genius and I. Last week, BG finished 4-10 and I did only slightly better at 6-8. It was ugly. For the year, BG is 13-17 and I'm 16-14. Not exactly gonna get rich betting with those records!

Undaunted, we go once more into the breech! There are some big games on the schedule and we are confident this week will be better. (It almost has to be, right? If it's not, I'm going to let Swirl pick for me next week).

Anyway, here they are:

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October 1, 2006

NFL Week 4: The Picks!

by Luckbox

It's Week 4 in the NFL, and Boy Genius and I are back with the picks to make you money. In Week 2, I went 10-6 and BG went 9-7. However, our three picks of the week would have made a profitable parlay. We've got another great three team parlay for you this week as well.

Without further ado, the picks:

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September 18, 2006

NFL: The Post Mortem

by Luckbox

I'm not sure I'll ever watch the NFL again. You think losing to a two-outer on the river hurts? Try blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead to your division rival. Now THAT's a bad beat. I've never felt as bad after a poker beat as I felt yesterday evening.

I hate football. Thank goodness it's still baseball season so I have something to focus on this week (Go Phils!).

But I digress... here come the results. I finished a strong 10-6 with BG close behind at 9-7. We also nailed our Locks of the Week and suggested a three-team parlay that would have made you money.

Just some notes: Only 5 dogs beat the spread this week and four of them won outright (favored Denver won but did not cover). Only 5 road teams were winning bets this week (all winning outright except, once again, Kansas City).

Next week, you may not get any picks from us since we'll be otherwise occupied (The Bash!!!), but you never know. If you want a recap of last week's picks, they're listed below.

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September 17, 2006

Betting the NFL with CJ and the Boy Genius

by Luckbox

Each week we're able, BG and I will get on the girly chat thingy and show off our sports betting expertise. (Full disclosure: I'm a terrible sports betting.) In fact, we're so secure in our manhood, we'll repost the entire chat for your sports gambling enjoyment!

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September 8, 2006

Breaking News! Louisiana Attacks Onling Gambling

by Luckbox

The Chairman of SportingBet PLC, Peter Dicks, was arrested Wednesday night after he landed in the United States on a flight from London. The arrest happened after Customs ran his name through a database and found an outstanding warrant from Louisiana.

Dick faces a warrant of gambling by computer. It stems from an investigation back in January performed by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division. In May, a judge in St. Landry Parish signed the warrant, and perhaps others, but ordered them sealed. The clerk of courts can not even tell us which judge signed the warrants.

Gambling by computer is a felony which is punishable by a fine of no more than $20,000 and/or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than five years. This is for anyone who "designs, develops, manages, supervises, maintains, provides or produces" any online gambling. For your typical user (i.e. me), the charge brings a fine of not more than $500 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months. If you'd like a good laugh, go ahead and read the gambling by computer law. Bottom line: It's all about the kids.

More on this developing story to come... (Also keep an eye on Wicked Chops Poker, who are, as usual, on the case.)

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July 17, 2006

Pai Gow abridged (now less abridged)

by Otis

Now less abridged!

I have five minutes until I get on a plane back to Vegas. I have more stories from the past three weeks than I will ever be able to write. I don't have time to tell this story, but something inside me is dying to start.

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May 6, 2006

Run for the Roses

by Luckbox

If you're interested, the Derby picks are up over at my other blog.

Update: And the big Trifecta box is now posted as well.

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March 17, 2006

Playing the Ponies (Anatomy of a Bad Night)

by Luckbox

(Update! Results below...)

My diversion from poker continues with another night at the races. Last Friday night, I posted a $700 profit with an un-repeatable run of bets. So you can safely assume the picks below will bomb. Nonetheless, here they are. I don't have time to go in depth, so you'll have to settle for simplicity.

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March 11, 2006

Crush

by Luckbox

I remember this feeling.

It's like winning a big tournament. I haven't done that in awhile.

Tonight, I took my 3-day's worth of handicapping to the Evangeline Downs race track to try my hand at the horsies. I've been working hard at this the past few weeks and I've gotten a ton of help from Boy Genius.

It was a big night.

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March 10, 2006

Taking Away the Edge

by Luckbox

Gambling comes down to one sometimes undefinable element: The Edge.

Whenever you pull money out of your pocket and risk it in a gambling enterprise of any kind, determining whether it's a good bet or a bad bet comes down to the edge.

For example, walk into a casino and every table game and slot machine has a built in house edge. None of the bets you can make are "good bets." No matter what, in the long run, the casino wins and you lose. That is a fact. There is no way to work around that.

Place a bet on the roulette wheel and face a house edge so large you might as well burn your money. Now that doesn't mean that some bets aren't better than others. Taking max odds while betting wrong at the Craps table is a significantly better bet than playing the bonus bet at the Three Card Poker table. In the long run, you'll still lose, but the chance of you losing that single bet is much less at the Craps table.

So where should we bet?

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December 1, 2005

Roshambo when it counts

by Otis

It was just after 2am. I had three beers in my belly and PokerStars' screen burned into my corneas. I'd just finished watching BadBlood embarass a bunch of 180-SNGers. I'm not sure I've seen anyone play a final table stack much better in recent weeks.

Now, it was bedtime and Mrs. Otis was already dreading what would happen in about five or six hours.

"I'll Rock/Paper/Scissors you in the morning for who has to get up with the baby."

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July 25, 2005

I'm not booking this one

by Otis

First, I mean no disrespect. I don't mean to be macabre. And I'm not making a joke.

But this is messed up.

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May 28, 2005

Warming Up For Vegas

by Luckbox

A gorgeous new casino opened in Louisiana this week. It's the largest riverboat casino in the United States. The L'Auberge du Lac is a Vegas style resort plunked down in Lake Charles. The casino was built by Pinnacle Entertainment, which has casinos in Nevada (not Vegas), Mississippi, Louisiana and Argentina. And pending approval from the Missouri gaming commission, there will be two Pinnacle casinos in St. Louis.

This was opening weekend, and, predictably, the place was packed. I decided to take the 1 1/2 hour drive to see what all the fuss was about. Besides, it gave me another opportunity to see the lovely Lindsay!! How could I pass that up! (Lindsay is the PR rep who helped made the introduction that made our Aladdin tourney possible.)

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March 11, 2005

How To Win at Craps

by Luckbox

Whenever I get to the Coushatta for a little NL action, I have a little time to kill while the waiting list either whittles down or gets big enough to open a new table. Unfortunately, that makes it easy for me to give in to my gambling urges.

Slots do nothing for me. I know Grubby loves one-armed bandits, but I just can't seem to get much excitement out of them. The blackjack tables are okay, but I lose too much there, despite what the book says. Roulette is a money pit (as much as I'd like to play it!). And Pai Gow poker is fine at 3am when I don't have to think, but that's about it.

That means it's on to the craps table. And I think I've developed a system that keeps my head above water no matter how long I play. Sure, you won't get rich, but you'll walk away ahead!

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February 7, 2005

How to make Superbowl XXXIX interesting

by Otis

In the old days, before children and the workaday world, Superbowl Sunday rarely had a chance to be boring. If there wasn't a keg iced down on the back porch or in the garage, there were several cases of beer in a cooler next to a table of food fit for a king's feast.

These days, though, when one has to keep an eye on the drooling kid, avoid stepping on the pre-schoolers who zip around the room like spilled mercury, and do one's best not to go into work hopelessly hungover, a Superbowl has a damned good chance of being boring. Especially if the Pats look bored and the Eagles look...well, how the Eagles looked (sorry, CJ).

Of, course, there's only one thing that can keep two UFP junkies from falling asleep in their man-chairs.

Prop bets.

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October 22, 2004

I am still thirsty...

by Otis

The shiny, tinkling noisemakers dangled from my fingers. The pads of my fingers barely grasped the red plastic that served as the handle. I set my eyes on an invisible point in mid-air, took a single breath, held it, pitched and released.

In this game, friends, the tension is so great, you can only hope exhaling will bring oxygen back to your brain. And if it doesn't, the best you can hope for is a quiet, easy death void of shame.

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July 30, 2004

Cocky

by Otis

Welcome to the South Carolina Welcome Center.

First, we'd like you to enjoy all the amenities of our clean rest rooms. We have information services and free maps to help you navigate the foothills and beaches of the Palmetto State.

Please be sure to be careful as you cross over Lake Hartwell. Don't eat the fish, either.

And please pay no attention to those signs advertising poker casinos. First, we've gotten rid of them all. Second, it was only video poker, anyway.

Lastly, if you brought a rabid, amphetamine-crazed, homicidal chicken with you, please report to Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe.

He's been expecting you.

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June 7, 2004

Otis: Hiatus

by Otis

About every two days my wife looks at me and says, "Where'd you go?"

My eyes have drifted off. They might be pointed at a billboard or a eatery menu. A few people know the look, though. It's blank, hollow, and could be 100 yards deep. She knows as well as I do that I'm not looking at anything tangible.

"I'm here," I'll respond.

"Bullshit." She says it in a way that is neither mean, nor condescending. It's a matter of fact statement because, it is, in fact, a matter of fact.

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June 4, 2004

Cold Cards, Hot Dice, and Mrs. Beautiful Pt. 3

by Luckbox

(See Pt. 1 here and see Pt. 2 here)

As I stretched out on my couch after the drive home, I closed my eyes and could still hear the casino in my head. The sounds are addictive. I wanted to jump in my car and drive back to The Paragon. Instead, I reminisced about Mrs. Beautiful.

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Wednesday afternoon

Lunch was good. Not as good as the lobster tail dinner, but good enough to get me itching to gamble again. I headed back to the casino floor with a purpose. Apparently, the casino didn't understand my purpose because things quickly went awry...

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June 3, 2004

Cold Cards, Hot Dice and Mrs. Beautiful Pt. 2

by Luckbox

(See Pt. 1 here)

As I drove home, I wondered how it all had happened. I had a plan when I left early Tuesday morning. Swirl was in a kennel, I didn't have to think about work for two days, and my $500 already felt like it wanted to be $1000. The best laid plans...?

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Tuesday evening

I didn't watch much of the news. In fact, I watched more ESPN than anything else. I was restless. I kept going over in my head how I had lost $100 without even trying. I started gambling at about 12:30 and after just 2 1/2 hours, I was wondering if I should turn around and go home.

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June 2, 2004

Cold Cards, Hot Dice, and Mrs. Beautiful Pt. 1

by Luckbox

As I left the casino, I took a deep breath. It felt like I had just gotten there, yet I was exhuasted. And if I waited any longer to leave, I'm sure I would fall asleep at the wheel... and it's a drive you don't want to fall asleep on...

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Tuesday morning
The drive was relatively short, just over an hour, but it winded through some small Louisiana towns I've never seen before and wouldn't be comfortable stopping in. Soon enough, the flashing sign welcomed me to the Paragon Casino.

It was my "free" casino holiday visit, and I was planning to make the most of it. I had a $500 bankroll in my pocket and visions of check-raises dancing in my head.

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February 13, 2004

A Tourney You DON'T Want To Miss!!!

by Luckbox

Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 9pm eastern time.

It's the online poker event of the century.

It's the Grublog Poker Classic.

The Poker Grub has set up the first sanctioned poker blogger tourney in online poker history. Only poker bloggers are allowed, and since there are so many of you out there, it's time to get on board!

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September 29, 2003

Otis in Vegas Pt. 3

by Staff

In retrospect, it was probably the slightly homoerotic come-on that piqued my interest.

"You should come see me," was the call.

I'm not gay and even if I was, the grizzled black man with funny-looking teeth probably wouldn't have stirred my loins. However, as I walked toward the bathroom for the second time, the man said the words quietly.

"You should come see me."

As I drained the by-product of several beers and several more greyhounds, I decided I would indeed stop by to see the old man.

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September 10, 2003

Otis' Aruban Adventure

by Staff

One of two Americans at the table had just hit his 15 against the dealer's four. The crazy, half-inebriated Russians at the table eyed him like he was an incapacitated Stalin. The dealer dropped a five giving the stupid American a 20. Stupid American looked happy. Otis, the other American, groaned through a Russian woman's skinny cigarette smoke.

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