High Stakes Poker

October 30, 2007

Many of you know of High Stakes Poker, airing on the Game Show Network (GSN)…well it sucks if you don’t have that channel, and don’t want to subscribe to the network because that is the only show worth watching…well an online site has conveniently catalogued the shows for us, enjoy:

http://www.pokerslibrary.com/Videos/HSP/S1.html


Keep it a game.

October 29, 2007

So you’ve read all the books, studied the games of the pros and rising stars, think you got this poker thing all figured out?

Now you find yourself grinding away at a .25/.50 table(s) trying to build your roll, because you know all about bankroll management, and you aren’t going busto like so many before you.

What you didn’t take into account was… Read the rest of this entry »


North American Poker Championship

October 28, 2007

This tourney is a special one for us, being close to where our founder grew up.  Niagara Falls, CA is considered one of the great wonders of the world, and really worth checking out if you’ve never been there.  It’s crazy to think hundreds of people have gone over the falls in barrels….

Anyways, they are also playing a poker tournament there.  Jon Little ended Day 1A with the chip lead.  Many notables are doing well.

You can follow all the action @ http://www.worldpokertour.com/tournament/


Tilt Control

October 27, 2007

Tilting, or losing your mind, at a poker table can be a destructive force to your bankroll.  You need to recognize a few things about…
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Blow up a Game

October 24, 2007

Sometimes it can be fun to completely blow up a poker game.  Team player Will Lin is an expert at this strategy, and it was fun to watch him play in Vegas this week.

Now, to set the stage: Will is a big game cash player with a few nice tournament results as well, so he has a bankroll to support this high variance strategy…but sometimes he wants to blow off a little steam by doing something similiar to the following:

Imagine you normally play 25/50NL (or higher), where a standard open raise is $200.  If you drop down to the 1/2 NL game, where the normal buyin is $200-300, and the standard open is $10 you can create some interesting dynamics and truly be the ‘table captain’ by continuing to play above the game.  What does that mean exactly? 
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Poker Bowl Update

October 22, 2007

Just a quick update…Will got switched to team Oakland with Paul Wasicka…currently the first qualifying region round. Will and Paul are on the same table, which is pretty sick. brandon adams, jordan morgan, van alstyne, alex jacobs… Will is short stacked after a tough decision vs. James Van Alstyne. Paul entered the first break with the chip lead at the table.

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One reason not to play @ Absolute Poker?

October 17, 2007

Absolute Poker is currently in the midst of a PR nightmare, and perhaps a bigger concern for the online poker community in general.

Apparently, there has been evidence of ‘super accounts’ on the site – capable of seeing everyone’s hole cards, ip addresses, names, etc.  These accounts won a lot of money and then proceeded to ‘dump’ it in 200/400 NL games, to a newly created account, that cashed out right away.

You can read more about it on Pocketfives or Two Plus Two poker forums.

It’s a scary thought, and certainly something to be concerned with while playing online.  Thankfully, we’re all addicted and can’t stop playing, so we don’t have to worry too much!  GG me.


Global Call to Action Against Poverty

October 17, 2007

Today, 10/17 is Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAAP) Day.

Poverty is an issue that can impact people in a variety of ways from the global and country level all the way down to the individual.  Countries can be weighed down by debt not allowing them to invest in appropriate infrastructures likes schools, communications, and hospitals – leaving the people of that country without much hope or opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s called Parkour not Poker

October 16, 2007

Poker Bowl and Caesar’s Poker Classic

October 15, 2007

A few quick updates:

Poker Bowl: Upcoming this Sunday.  Will is playing, Dapo had to withdraw, but the other team members will consist of Paul Wasicka, Todd and Doyle Brunson, Chad Brown, and Vanessa Rousso.  Wish them luck! 

Caesar’s Poker Classic: The second major poker series for a one of the best rooms in Vegas is going on through the rest of October.  Dapo, Will, and Matt will be there playing in some of the events ($1500, $2k) leading up to the Main Event.  If you see one of them say hello!


You thought your river sucked. Boo Hoo.

October 14, 2007

Try being David Benyamine and losing 100k with the flick of the ever painful river card on Full Tilt.  Granted they were playing PLO and the swings can be fun like that 🙂

Read about it on High Stakes Poker Report


Restealing gone wrong

October 12, 2007

Related to our post yesterday, you can see an example of a resteal attempt gone wrong @ the final table of the 2007 WSOP.  This hand featured a battle in the blinds with SB – Jerry Yang and BB-Lee Watkinson:

Yang raised to 1.5mil with A/9o.  He had been the most active player at the table by far, and had a dominating chip lead.  Watkinson with A/7o decided he wasn’t going to get run over by the chip leader and thought this was a good spot to steal so he reraised allin for about 8.5mil more.

Under the discussion of restealing from yesterday a good point was made about attempting resteals against very large/very small stacks as they have a higher likelihood of calling because ‘they can/need to gamble’.  Read the rest of this entry »


Poker Tip: Restealing

October 11, 2007

A good article on the topic at pocketfives.com.


Pain = Da Bills

October 8, 2007

wide right

So not only does a franchise manage to lose four straight super bowls in the early 90’s, lose to the Titans in a last second play to kill playoff dreams, and figure a way to lose every other close game in the last seconds – but tonight they found a way to lose after Tony Romo had a 6 turnover day, and was virtually useless.

Bills up by 8, 1:30 to go.  Bills driving and in control, in the red zone. Oops! Interception by the rookie T.Edwards (who looked great all game by the way)…taken 70 yards for almost a touchdown.  Ok….20 secs to go, still up by 8.  Oops, a Dallas touchdown pass…up 2.  Go for two…lob it to T.Owens – no good.  Ok!  Cowboys have to recover the onside kick.  They do.  Now they have to drive 17 yards to get into field goal territory, in 17 secs.  They do.  Now they’re rookie kicker needs to hit a 53 yard game winner on the road….he does!  Wait…the bills called a timeout…he has to try again.  Oh wait, no he makes that one too.

GG Buffalo.  It’s painful, but we’re still fans.


Worst Movie Ever – Un – Lucky You

October 8, 2007

Ok, so I’m not sure how I got suckered into watching this movie last night but….DON’T!

The poker playing is laughable, the scenes are predictable, the poker player cameo’s are non-eventful.  And to make things worse, Drew Barrymore is one of the stars.

I think the movie had good intentions, but it is no Rounders.  Not by a long shot.  So save yourself the $3.95 on pay-per-view, and rent some other dumb romantic comedy your girlfriend wants to watch.

Cheers and GL,

Matt