Training Sites and the “Correct way to play”

January 30, 2008

What’s your take on the various video sites out there?  Cardrunners, PokerXfactor, PokerVT, PokerSavvy, the list goes on and on…

I like what Phil Ivey said something to the effect of ‘you have to play your own game.’  That requires putting in hands, learning people’s tendancies including your own (which may vary by level and site), and learning how to exploit those tendancies to make a profit. Read the rest of this entry »


This is your brain. This is your brain on poker.

January 24, 2008

Alright so we know Dutch Boyd has always been a little crazy…but someone please jump in and save himself from jumping off a bridge somewhere, or at least hide the twinkies.

As further evidence to poker’s destructive tendancies, view a recent photo of Dutch at the WPT Poker Open:

scary dutch

  compare that to a photo of a much more exuberant dutch in 2005:

 skinny dutch

Jeezus….someone please get this man some sunshine and a little physical exercise.

Poker Academy Prospector

January 23, 2008

Check out this cool new product by Poker Academy, called Prospector.

Here’s the skinny: It’s a prettier and more dummy proof version of Poker Tracker. It helps you analyze your play, and show you visual graphs of your tendancies. It can ‘recommend’ the ‘proper’ way to play, and identify and obvious leaks in your game. Matt uploaded 100k hands into the software. He said it was really easy to use, and very intuitive. He was going to do a brag post but the graphs made him realize he’s a donk and should retire. Weeeeeeee.

From their site the Prospector does the following:

1. Track your bankroll

2. Pin Point Leaks in your game

3. Analyze your play and your opponents

4. ‘Dont get left behind’

Your girlfriend hates poker

January 16, 2008

Guess what? Your gf hates poker, and is starting to hate you.

You aren’t alone. Lots of poker players have to deal with this. “I think you have a problem..” crap. Chances are, you do have a problem. Lol. That what makes poker such a sick game.

Those that recognize the problem have three choices:

1.try to become a winning player by playing often and studying the game but spending copious amounts of your bankroll on flowers, dinners, make up sex (or pull a Chad Brown and date a cute pro – but this is not recommended as these volatile relationships have as much of a chance for success as Will winning at the Baccarat Table @ the Wynn).

2.realize you just aren’t going to be the next Phil Ivey and keep it casual, playing when your gf isn’t around, keeping the stakes smaller and less stressful, or

3. destroy your relationships and lose all your money in the process, becoming broke and depressed working at McD’s thinking about what could have been…Whatever you do don’t do #3.

Most of us fall somewhere around #2 (in terms of poker potential). Be honest with yourself. Poker is a game. If you are good, get better. If you’re donk – embrace it and keep it casual. Weeeeeeee.

Live in a bathroom for 30 days = $100k

January 16, 2008

PROP bets can be incredibly fun, incredibly stupid, incredibly smart, incredibly profitable…I’m not sure I’d want to live in a bathroom for 30 days though. Read about this guy, ‘bellagio jay’, who’s spending a solid month in a fine private Bellagio bathroom for a shot at 6 figures.

Who knew? Yoonew.

January 14, 2008

What’s on second?

Poker, by all accounts, is a lot like trading stocks.  You have to evaluate the risk/reward of each decision and then act within an appropriate amount of time.  Well, a few folks at a site called have decided to take it to another level.  This time, involving sports tickets. 

Basically, the site allows users to trade ticket ‘derivatives’ or ‘futures’, and it seems to be a rather efficient model…meaning you can buy your Buffalo Bills playoff tickets in August for a steal.  And when they bust out in flames, failing to make the playoffs, you don’t get hurt too bad.


Fold Equity

January 10, 2008

What is it?  And why should you care?

Well if you happen to play tournament poker, well any poker for that matter, but especially mtt’s…this is a concept you must understand and fully exploit.

Without getting too technical, fold equity is value that is created by a players likelihood to give up a hand or pot under the right conditions combined with your gained value from accumulating those chips.   Ever notice how many players will begin to tighten up their butt cheeks more than an unflowered 18 year old girl when the tournament money gets within reach…what?  I digress.   Read the rest of this entry »

Macs might be cooler than PCs but Gates trumps Jobs

January 8, 2008

Retirement looks fun: