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…

Poker and Emotion

After my most recent post about trying to limit the influence that day-to-day poker swings have on my mood and emotional state, I found two interesting comments on the blogs of other poker players. The first is from Curtains: “Probably the true key is to stop getting happy when I win money? That’s an emotion that you generally pass off as being okay, because it feels good and how can anything be bad if it feels good? However it’s generally impossible to be very happy about winning money, without being really unhappy when you lose money. If I eliminate the … Read more…

A Vegas Vacation With No Poker

I’m just back from a week out West with Emily. Though we flew in and out of Vegas and stayed there Friday night, I didn’t end up playing any poker. Mostly we were there hiking, enjoying some warm weather (while Boston was getting nailed with the worst they’ve had all winter), and spend some quality time together. We left Boston early Monday morning so that I could play all of the big online poker tournaments on Sunday. I figured I’d either get eliminated early and get some sleep or stay up all night making a big score. I ended up … Read more…

Public Debates Part Three: Faneuil Hall

I wake early on Saturday morning in order to get to Faneuil Hall by 8:45. The event doesn’t start until 11, but I’ve arranged for the debaters to come in early in order to work with some volunteers who will help them “put finishing touches” on their presentations. This is a nice way of saying that I have reason to think some of them will be massively underprepared, and I don’t want them to embarrass themselves (or, by extension, me). I’m on my way out the door when my phone rings. I’m terrified that this will be someone canceling on … Read more…