Links

You may have noticed that I’ve updated the links section in the left sidebar. In particular, I’ve added some good blogs that I’ve started reading and deleted a few that hadn’t been updated in ages. This isn’t in any way a sleight to the authors of those blogs, who in some cases are great players, I just didn’t want to keep around links to stuff that isn’t updated regularly. On that note, if you have a poker blog and would like to exchange links, I’m happy to do so. Please leave me a comment with your URL. Ed Miller, author … Read more…

A Few Pots With FTP Pro Lynette Chan

When checking out the 2/4 NL games on FTP today, I saw that Full Tilt pro Lynette Chan was playing on several of them. I didn’t really know anything about her, but with a few very important exceptions (Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius), FTP pros tend not to be particularly good cash game players. More importantly, a lot of bad players join games they wouldn’t otherwise play just so they can sit with a pro. So, I joined some waiting lists and quickly got on a few of her tables. I’m still in my uber-aggressive phase, and I got the impression … Read more…

LAGging It Up

I played a few tables of 2/4 NL last night while finishing off the last tournament of a block I started in the early afternoon. I ran into another player who was intent on playing mediocre hands out of position against me, so I took the opportunity to experiment with some creative/aggressive lines and thin value bets. The first confrontation we had, I opened for pot ($14) from the CO with Qh Jc, and he called in the SB. On a 9s 3c 2c flop, he checked and called a $24 bet. The turn was the Ad, a good card … Read more…

Resizable Tables

Full Tilt has had a Beta version of its software available with resizable tables for some time, but it’s now been officially released. This might seem like good news for someone who plays up to eight tables of poker at once, as this will make it easier to fit them on my screens, but the truth is that there’s a pretty substantial downside for me. Other strong players, some of whom play even more tables than I do, can now play more tables more easily on Full Tilt. Party Poker was the first offer resizable tables, followed relatively quickly by … Read more…

Bluff Article Worth Reading

If you haven’t already, you should check out this article from Phil Galfond (2+2’s Jman, one of the best NLHE players online) in the latest issue of Bluff magazine. It’s an excellent discussion of how to think in terms of ranges of hands and how mixing up your range can make life hell for an opponent. The one thing that I think he could have made a bit clearer is that you make G-Bucks with ranges, not with particular hands. So it’s not a question of what is a river bet with AA worth in $G-bucks, it’s what is a … Read more…

Foxwoods 2K

I woke around 6 AM this morning so that I’d have time to shower, eat, and make the two hour drive to Foxwoods and arrive by 9AM. Though the $2,000 tournament didn’t start until 9, I needed to get a Wampum Rewards card (lost my old one) and register, and I didn’t know what to expect in terms of lines, etc. That turned out to be more time than I needed, so I had about twenty minutes to kill. My starting table was ridiculous: one guy with a WSOP bracelet (from 1974, not sure which event, but he was a … Read more…

BDL Tournament Four

Saturday was the fourth Boston Debate League tournament of the 2006-07 season, the last before our two-day City Championships event. It got off to a rocky start. I had to bring coffee, donuts, awards, a computer, and a printer with me, which meant that I had to borrow my girlfriend’s car and drive to Dorchester, where the tournament was held. Driving in the Boston area is something that I usually avoid, and with good reason. Streets rarely run in a straight line for more than a few blocks, and they are known to change names or make sudden turns such … Read more…

A Brief Sunday

Since I’m going to be getting up early tomorrow and hopefully spending the entire day playing the $2K at Foxwoods, I decided to pass on playing the big Sunday tournaments today. Another consideration was that the Sunday Million on Poker Stars today was a $1000 buy-in, which I didn’t really feel like shelling out. So I played the Sunday Warm-Up, which I don’t usually play, and made it about 2.5 hours in before my AKs lost all in preflop to AT. Must be Sunday. I did play some 2/4 NL and pulled off one bluff that made me pretty happy. … Read more…