So Close and Yet So Far

On Thursday I final tabled both the $160 double shoot-out and the $30 rebuy WSOP satellites but couldn’t seal the deal, finisihing 5/81 in the shoot-out and 7/169 in the rebuy. These winner-take-all satellites are really brutal. Although theoretically they do give an edge to the best players in the tournament relative to tournaments with a flatter payout, they are still less profitable than satellites that pay multiple seats because they have no bubble. I can’t even say that I ran bad, because I didn’t. My play at the double shoot-out final table was less than stellar, but even in … Read more…

Room for Error

I was 8-tabling 1/2 NL on Wednesday, something I’ve decided to do for a while because I’ve been running kind of bad and it’s starting to stress me a bit and influence my decision making. Also, I’ve wanted to improve my multi-tabling skills for a while, and I don’t want to dive right into 8 tables of 2/4 or 3/6. So I was looking to play poker without too many tricky decisions and at stakes where the money would not matter too much to me. The hand itself might be kind of rudimentary, especially at a depth of 100 BB’s, … Read more…

Giving Your Opponent a Chance to Make a Mistake

Every day that I play poker, I’m going to try to post at least one interesting hand here along with my thought process. I hope some of you will respond with questions or criticism. The first one will be a quick one that probably did not matter at all in the grand scheme of things but illustrates an important concept, which is that you should always be thinking about how to get your opponent to make a mistake, because that is where your money comes from. I had just lost most of chips in the Full Tilt $150 daily tournament, … Read more…

I’m a Published Poker Author!

A piece that I wrote, entitled “Attacking and Defending Dead Money in Tournament Poker“, appears in this month’s issue of Two Plus Two Internet Magazine. Although getting published in an internet magazine isn’t quite as prestigious as appearing in print, Two Plus Two Publishing is the largest and most prestigious published of poker and other gambling books. The 2+2 message boards, of which I’ve been a member for more than two years, are also one of the most popular poker forums on the internet. The article itself is good but not great, in my opinion. It was my suspicion, and … Read more…

More Good News for Online Poker

In the wake of last year’s legislation, there was some concern that Harrah’s would not accept internet qualifiers into the World Series of Poker this year. Then again, this has apparently technically been their policy for a long time, and the sites have simply had some third party pay the entrance fee for players who qualify through them. It’s still not clear exactly how things will shake out this year, but Poker Stars has started running Main Event satellites with the same terms as last year. They’ve always been very generous and accomodating to their qualifiers, so I’m confident that … Read more…

Good News for Online Poker

First, it sounds like Full Tilt will once again be able to offer withdrawal by check to its US customers. According to FTPSean, their rep on the 2+2 message boards, “Starting this week, our check service will be upgraded in the following ways: * Checks delivered by regular mail should be received within 10 business days instead of our previous 25 business day time frame. * Players have the option of requesting overnight delivery for a charge of $25 instead of the previous $33.50 fee. (The 10 days above includes a 1-3 day processing time that would apply to overnight … Read more…

Another Disappointing Saturday

I know I said I wasn’t going to use the blog to whine about stuff, but I’m making an exception, you’ll see why. The last few Saturdays I’ve either been out of town or had Boston Debate League obligations, so this was the first time in like a month that I’d gotten to play poker. Saturday is special because Poker Stars and Full Tilt both offer special weekly $320 tournaments, and Poker Stars also has its weekly $475 satellites for the European Poker Tour. I was excited to play these, firing up the EPT Dortmund satellite at 11:15, the EPT … Read more…

Poker Night

My friend Logan is a third-year law student at Harvard and hosts a poker game most Wednesday nights. This is the third year he’s had it, and it’s evolution has been interesting. Three years ago, it was a $.25/$.50 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em game with a $25 buy-in. I remember once losing more than $50 there and losing sleep over it. At that time, I was the only non-HLS student there, and though I was better than the average player in the game, I was quite bad. There was only one guy there, Paul, who could be called a poker … Read more…