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

March 10, 2009

High Stakes Poker Remains On Top

by Luckbox

Is there better poker television than GSN's High Stakes Poker? If there is, I haven't seen it. While it may lack some of the flashy production value of ESPN's WSOP or the various incarnations of the WPT, it's still better than them all.

Here are 5 reasons why High Stakes Poker is the best poker show on television:

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August 6, 2008

ESPN changes stylebook

by Otis

I'm not sure why--because, I haven't in years--but I have watched every episode of ESPN's 2008 WSOP poker coverage this year. Last night's $5,000 Mixed Hold'em event was, for obvious reasons, the best yet.

I am not here, however, to applaud ESPN for good coverage. I'm here to applaud ESPN for finally presenting the game in a somewhat more journalistic fashion.

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October 26, 2005

Camera awareness and the Steve Dannenmann response

by Otis

They call them lav mics. It's short for lavalier mic. A lavalier is a small stone or pendant worn like a necklace. A lac miv is a tiny little microphone you wear clipped to your short, tie, or lapel that is so easily forgotten that you can walk in the bathroom, sing "Strangers in the Night," take a quick pee, and walk back before ever considering there is a room full of people listening in.

I should know. I spent nearly a decade wearing one.

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May 3, 2005

Now hear this

by G-Rob

Mini Blood Schools Father in Home Game


Here it is

There's a "video" box on the left side. Click there to watch.

Things to watch for :

Note the brand of beer next to the Computer.
Note the site in use ( you're welcome fellow blogger )
Note the use of the storied home "table" manufactured by BadBlood Inc.
Note the non-appearance by fellow blogger Otis. He never looked good on TV



February 21, 2005

wil on the World Poker Tour

by Luckbox

Here's the good news: Poker blogger extraordinaire wil wheaton was on the World Poker Tour Hollywood Home Game last night and got to sit beside the stunning Evelyn Ng who acted as table boss.

Here's the bad news: wil didn't see many good cards and one hand really ended his night. It was clear to me he was one of the better, if not the best, players at the table, but he wasn't blessed with the kind of luck other players fell into.

For those who missed it, here's a breakdown of wil's play with a little analysis from me.

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December 1, 2004

Today's Poker

by G-Rob

How popular has poker become? Just how mainstream is our beloved game? Here, on December 1st, it makes its debut as a "hot gift for your Christmas list" on the Matt and Katie flower hour. Much like our favorite music, the mainstream is not a fun place to wade.

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November 12, 2004

Mr. Blonde Re-Raises All In

by Luckbox

He probably hit his pop-culture high when he cut off a police officer's ear in one of the most gruesome scenes in film history. Of course, just this year, he was burying Uma Thurman alive.

Now Michael Madsen is bringing his tough-guy image to the poker table. He's the latest to add his name to Tilt, the latest dramatic series form ESPN.

And in the fine tradition of "The Professor," "Fossilman" and "Devilfish," Madsen will be playing Don "The Matador" Everest. Hmmm... not the best poker nickname I've ever heard...

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September 21, 2004


by Otis

WARNING: ESPN Tournament of Champions spoilers below. Do not expand the entry if you haven't yet seen the show and want to be surprised.

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September 6, 2004

Television Overload

by Luckbox

I'm sure all of you caught the debut of the latest "poker on TV" series over this past weekend, right? You know, the Ultimate Poker Challenge! You mean you missed it? Well, sure, the Cleveland market saw it on Friday at 1am while the Waco market had the poker-friendly Saturday 2am time slot.

I did manage to see the debut at 1am this morning when I should have been in bed. Looking back, I wish I had been in bed. Okay, maybe I'm being a little too rough here. It's actually not a bad idea for a poker tourney, but the production seems a little amatuer.

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August 17, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #13 & #14

by Luckbox

Well, as you guys may have, or will, notice, I did not live blog the first two episodes of the Main Event. I was occupied at the time (while watching, thankfully) and could not do the blog thing at the same time.

In the end, I'm glad I didn't try to because these episodes did not have the same kind of storyline the previous final tables have. It's difficult, however, because ESPN was attempting to put an entire day's worth of play into one hour. That's not an easy thing to do.

So, here are some thoughts from Day's 1 and 2...

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August 10, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #11 & #12

by Luckbox

Welcome back. Tonight I'm live-blogging from my couch with my laptop computer and wireless internet. It's much more comfortable than my office!

And tonight, ESPN features the $5000 Limit Hold 'Em Championship and the $5000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. I'm looking forward to both because I enjoy playing both. I just wish I could play as well as them...

So without further ado, here's this week's WSOP.

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August 5, 2004

Paging Lex Luthor

by Otis

For a long time, I called myself a traditionalist. In one extreme period, I referred to myself as a Luddite. Eventually, I coined then settled on the best description of my philosophy on sport, gaming, and life in general:

I'm a neo-purist.

That means I don't like artificial turf. That means I think the addition of the three-point line, while deviating from tradition, added an element to the game that now is indispensible.

That means I think we should dance with who brought us. If for some reason said dancing partner wants to learn a new dance step, then so be it, but it better be a good dance move and not some silly cabbage patch dance.

That is a long way of saying the following:

Manufacturing poker villain personalities for the sake of better TV is a road that will do nothing but eventually make the game as enjoyable to watch as most of the reality shows on TV now.

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August 3, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #9 & #10

by Luckbox

Tonight on ESPN's coverage of the 2004 World Series of Poker, we get the $3000 Pot Limit Texas Hold 'Em championship and the $1500 Razz championship.

Coverage of the PLHE final table likely won't be able to convey to the viewers the slight difference this game has from NL. That's because the final table coverage often shows nothing more than a series of all-in bets. I hope we get to see more than that!

Razz, on the other hand, should be very interesting. It's a version of 7-Card Stud where the low hand wins. Anyone who's played it knows it's a fascinating game. It's also very difficult to play well, in my opinion. Unfortunately, I know too little about Razz to truly live-blog it, so you'll have to settle for just PLHE.


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July 27, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #7 & #8

by Luckbox

The broadcast networks have wisely decided to forgo any Democratic National Convention coverage tonight. After all, with the World Series of Poker on ESPN, who's gonna watch Teresa Heinz Kerry?

If you want to watch some impressive women, tonight's your chance. ESPN kicks off with the $1000 Ladies Limit Hold 'Em championship followed by the $5000 7 Card Stud event.

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July 20, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #5 & #6

by Luckbox

Here we go again...

After dabbling in 7 Card Stud and Omaha Hold 'Em the past two weeks, ESPN will stick to just the classic card game tonight. We've got the $1500 NLHE final table followed by the $5000 NLHE final table.

While last week's events featured familiar faces like Paul Phillips, Mike Matusow and John Juanda, this week's events don't seem to have any top pros. Some have made it to some big final tables, but there's no Phil Iveys in this bunch.

That doesn't matter much, though, because poker is poker, and I love watching. As usual, go here and listen to "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.", and then head back here.

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July 14, 2004

What's Next for Televised Poker?

by Luckbox

Right now on Fox Sports Net, you can watch the LIVE broadcast of the final table of the American Poker Championship. It's delayed 5 minutes to lessen the chance of cheating.

I suppose it's still possible for someone to jack into the feed before it goes out live and then transmit that info to a player at the table. It's just very unlikely.

One of the biggest problems with live poker is the potential to be very, very boring. I'll say this, though... so far so good!


July 13, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #3 & #4

by Luckbox

It's back...

Tonight, we get the $1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em final table and the $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hold 'Em final table. The NLHE event shouldn't be anything special, although I'm hoping for more than a series of all-in bets. The Omaha event, on the other hand, is highly anticipated!

As usual, before reading on, I suggest you go here and listen to "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." That'll get you fired up!

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July 6, 2004

2004 WSOP Episodes #1 & #2

by Luckbox

On some Tuesday nights, I plan to live-blog the WSOP telecast on ESPN, as long as Texas Hold 'Em is being played. Enjoy.

I think we've all waited for tonight with anxious anticipation. Well, except, perhaps, for PokerProf who was there when it happened. For most of the rest of us, this will be our first chance to see the 2004 World Series of Poker. Before reading on, I suggest you go here and listen to "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." It's the catchy song you've been hearing on the ESPN promos.

Okay, now that you're ready... read on...

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January 14, 2004

Pressing Poker Question

by Luckbox

Is it better when you get sucked out by a woman? And yes, I mean at the poker table.

I'm sure it hurts just as bad, but at this point, my newest obsession is leading me to think it might not.

That obsession is Nicole Sullivan.

She became the first Celebrity Poker Showdown champion defeating seven men and Mo Gaffney (you decide). And this win involved one of the worst suckouts I've ever seen.

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December 3, 2003

The Lemming Effect

by Otis

What most television networks don't understand is that occasionally a lemming will sprout wings and fly.

It happened last year when the Travel Channel started its World Poker Tour Series. It's ending in a little network lemming bloodbath below the summit of Poker Mountain.

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December 1, 2003

The "Hole-Card" Cam

by Staff

I guess first and foremost, my post here means that I can impress people at parties by telling them that I am in fact, a published author. Actually, I'm not sure if internet blogs count as "being published". If it does, well hell, I guess at this point most people are published authors. Oh well, in true poker player form, always looking for that edge, no matter how slight.

Anyhoo, in the comments for CJ's "Television Explosion" post, Wil (Yes THE Wil) brought up the "hole-card" cam and the impact it may have on the pros whose cards we all get to see.

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November 26, 2003

Television Explosion Part 2

by Luckbox

As James mentioned in the comments to Television Explosion Part 1, Fox Sports Net is in the poker game.

Tomorrow, they air the most ambitious televised poker event of all-time. While most of the poker we see on TV is played weeks, sometimes months in advance, the Showdown at the Sands will be televised less than 24 hours after the winner is crowned!

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November 24, 2003

Television Explosion

by Luckbox

ESPN has been in the game for years. The poker movie, Rounders, features Matt Damon watching the classic World Series of Poker showdown between Johnny Chan and Eric Seidel.

Despite years of experience, however, ESPN has become the short stack at the table thanks to the Travel Channel and its hugely popular World Poker Tour.

Now... even more players are coming to the table, hoping to win big.

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October 2, 2003

Coolio Raises Jack Black All In

by Luckbox

With the overwhelming popularity of the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel, and the continued success of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, there will soon be another poker TV series.

This time, the stars are lining up to flop the nut flush.

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