What? Blogs are dead? Nah. They're just resting.
It's just after 5am and I'm trying to work off a caffeine buzz brought on by a workload that's just a little shy of WSOP proportions. The caffeine and Guinness brought on a silly idea.
The halls surrounding the WSOP Amazon Ballroom were teeming with so many bad beat stories, if each one of the story tellers had paid his dollar, I could've bought my way into the main event. I tried not to stay in the hallways for too long, lest I start believing that poker was just a game that required not getting beat badly.
But I had to pee, and I had yet to find a private bathroom where bad beat stories weren't allowed.
That's when I ran into a flushed-faced Jay Greenspan.
If you're like the rest of us, you've probably read a few bad poker books in your day. Well, it's time to get yourself a good one. And I'm confident in saying that about a book I've never read. Why? Because it's written by, perhaps, the best player in the WPBT. It's written by a guy who consistently beats the cash games he plays and still finds time to crush the tourney circuit when he wants to. The guy is smart and he's good. He's someone you can learn from, and now's your chance.
Scott, aka DoubleAs, has written Pressure Poker. Get your copy by going to his blog and clicking on the link. I'm getting no kickbacks for this. I'm buying a copy for myself and you should, too.
So get your copy now! You won't be sorry.
When CJ launched Up For Poker, it was a geat outlet for our competitive exploits. We never really thought much would come of it. It was simply a way to move the poker content off of our personal blogs.
Over, lo, these many months, CJ has invited several people to contribute here. We've had many a guest writer. But, as UFP gelled, it became clear that CJ, G-Rob, and I were going to be the chief writers. A collaborative blog is a great deal easier to maintain than one authored by a single, tired poker player. What's more, it offers insights from different styles, levels, and bankrolls. Of course, try to pigeon-hole any of us, and you'll be making a mistake.
Why do I bring it up?More in this Poker Blog! -->
I guess we all need it sometimes. A writer for the Online Journalism Review provides the bloggers' ego bone tickle this week. Thanks for the nice article, Mark.
A lot of bloggers have been pestering me to offer something here that's not on the European Poker Tour official blog.
Okay...More in this Poker Blog! -->
I'm such a slack-ass. I know that I'm behind in my poker writing when my other blog gets more attention than this one. This new job has left little time for fun writing or poker playing. And the little poker I did play over the weekend was, in a word, bad. After reading countless bad beat stories on other blogs (and finding a few of my own on here) I vowed never to write a bad beat story on UFP again. So, I suck at poker and when I don't...well, we're not swimming in those waters.
So, for those not reading about the upcoming trip to Vegas for the WPBT or CJ's newfound semi-loose-aggressive style (a style a lot like the sexual habits of a high school girl I once knew), here's some stuff you really should be reading this week.More in this Poker Blog! -->
As the Life d'Otis is a bit in the weeds, I thought I'd point you to some things you should read today...More in this Poker Blog! -->
One last thing before we return to the Vegas trip reports. ALL IN magazine has released its next issue. While it is actually the third issue the publisher has put out, it is the first with nationwide newstand distribution. ALL IN worked out a distribution deal with Time-Warner, so ALL IN will now appear in shelves at Barnes and Noble, and other stores.
And, as a matter of pimpage, I have two articles in this issue. And if that isn't worth buying, there are a bunch of half-nekkid pictures of Shanna Hiatt.
Sorry about the pimpage. I got so used to being a pimp in Vegas (that story is coming soon) that I just can't stop.
It's been a busy week here at Up For Poker. The house is a damned mess. Chips are all over the house. Random wads of cash are sticking out of books and packages of macaroni. I'm pretty sure my kid's first words are going to be, "Okay, I fold."
Still, we need to take care of a few matters.More in this Poker Blog! -->
When the dust cleared, Otis had written a spectacular cover story on Ben Affleck and I threw in a little piece on the top poker rooms in Vegas.
If you're looking for some good non-poker content from some poker writers, be sure to check out this month's edition of Pauly's Truckin'.
Oh, yeah. I was a contributor this month.
"Be the ball, Danny."
If you say that to a friend of mine, she'll look at you and smile. It's the smile of a person who knows she should be smiling, but really isn't sure why.
You might follow up with the tell-tale "Na-na-na-na-na" golfing Zen phrase.
The smile will fade slightly. She'll look at you and offer something like this:
"You're talking about the 80s, aren't you?"More in this Poker Blog! -->
Two Plus Two will be publishing a new book on hold'em aimed at lower limits. It is called -- not surprisingly -- Hold'em Poker for Low Limit Players. The book is authored by Ed Miller, David Sklansky, and Mason Malmuth. The book was first announced by Mason on the 2+2 forums. Interestingly, Ed Miller is a major contributor to those forums, and his posts appear to be one reason he was given the opportunity to contribute to the book.
Reading books about poker will not make a bad player a great player. I truly believe that a player must already have that indefinable element.
I'm not saying books are worthless, in fact, the right books can make the difference between losing and winning. Just don't expect to pick up Super/System and go from fish to WSOP champ!
That all leads me to winning with the flush. This advice comes from Gary Carson's The Complete Book of Hold 'Em Poker:More in this Poker Blog! -->
The scenario might have come straight from the daydreams of any aspiring author/poker player: writer receives an assignment from Harperâ€™s Magazine to write about female players at the World Series of Poker, uses the advance to win a seat at the Championship Event, then makes the final table for a six-figure payday.
Then, like catching the runner-runner for the nuts, the resulting publicity turns what would have probably been a short article into a featured cover story, which leads to a contract for probably the most high-profile poker book in history. All in all, itâ€™s been a pretty good rush for writer James McManus.More in this Poker Blog! -->