WSOP 2006 Day 2

Thursday night I’ve got a meet-up with a contingent of online poker players with whom I regularly discuss poker strategy. This is my first time meeting most of them in person, and it was a blast. Unfortunately, I had pre-paid $55 for the event, which was to include entree (salad, in my case, since the other options are all meat), dessert (which I don’t end up getting), and unlimited beer (which I don’t want to take advantage of since I am playing the next day). So basically I had a $55 salad. However, the value of getting to talk poker … Read more…

WSOP 2006 Day 1

Thursday night, after having dinner with my father and brother, who have come out to support me for a few days, at their hotel, the Stratosphere Towers, I took a cab back to the Monte Carlo. It is only 8PM, but I need to get an early start in the morning and am still jet-lagged, so I plan on doing a little work and turning in early. My cab driver is a young Asian man who is pretty quiet until we are nearing the hotel, at which point the following dialogue ensues: Driver: So what are you up to tonight? … Read more…

WSOP 2006 Prologue

As most of you know already, I’m playing in the main event of the World Series of Poker this week in Las Vegas. A lot of people have asked me to keep them updated about how I’m doing, so I thought a series of e-mails would be the best way to do that. First, for those of you who don’t know, I’ll explain what exactly the World Series of Poker is and how I ended up here: The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a two month long series of poker tournaments, culminating in the WSOP Main Event, the world’s … Read more…

How I Became a Poker Player

Learning the rules of poker is actually one of my clearest early memories, and I have no idea why, because I don’t think I was especially interested at the time, and I know I promptly forgot them. But I distinctly recall sitting on the hardwood floor of a Baltimore row house as my aunt showed me how to play seven card stud, explained what hand beats what, etc. I was about six years old at the time—  This post is now posted in the Articles section, read the complete post here

Ten Ways to Improve Your Bubble Play

Why are tournaments so profitable for a smart poker player? It’s because you are always getting a giant overlay. In a 180-man Stars tourney, for instance, you are competing against no more than 100 opponents, and quite often less. In other words, there are at most 100 other players trying to win the tournament. The rest are just trying to cash, and might as well be playing a different game altogether. These players are not competing with you for the top prizes. In the early stages, they are playing to accumulate, just like you are. Their strategy is not intrinsically … Read more…

Profitable Situations

Introduction How much would you pay for a program that allowed you to see your opponents’ hole cards? Wouldn’t it be even better if you had a program that gave your opponents whatever hole cards you wanted them to have? And if you had such a program, you wouldn’t just give them all garbage so that you could steal their blinds; you would want to give them second best hands and then value bet them to death. In other words, you would want to create situations where your opponents held slightly worse hands than yours, because these are the most … Read more…

Introduction

One of my major goals for 2007 is to get my life in order. I’ve been a semi-professional poker player for about two years now, and the game has been very good to me, but it’s not what I want to do with my life. I still haven’t figured out exactly what I do want to do, but I’ve always loved writing, and recently, I’ve rediscovered that passion while writing on various poker-related subjects. I’m starting this blog to encourage myself to write more often and hopefully to share my work with a larger audience than has seen it so … Read more…