The Guy Who Just Won't Shut Up (16/05/2013) Occasionally we find ourselves sat next to a customer who’s such a pain in the arse, we wonder why we do it. I’m talking about The Guy Who Just Won’t Shut Up (TGWJWSU)
Time to deflate the bubble?(26/04/2013) There was a time when one of the biggest opportunities to exploit opponents in poker was on the bubble of a tournament. They had read once in Sklansky that it was rational to fold Aces and that had a nice ring to it.
Small raise or open shove from the button?(04/02/2013) One of the trickiest stack sizes to play is15-20BB, or roughly 6-8M. It’s considered by some to be too big for an open shove, but small open raises can leave one with some pretty tough decisions.
Twitter Feeds and Table Draws(29/10/2012) The Hendon Mob website recently added the option for players to include their twitter feed on their database entry. This presents in interesting quandary for players: to add it or not?
Juicy Game?(02/10/2012) Live poker tournament constantly evolves. Vegas during the World Series is a good place to assess the current mood. Whatever catches on there usually echoes through the poker world.
How Profitable is Live Poker?(01/09/2011) How much can pro players make playing live? At this time of year, many players heading off to the WSOP are looking to play in the live arena for a month when their day job is grinding online. Especially after Black Friday, live poker is more likely now to become their day job.
Skill Game(22/08/2011) "“Now that there will be fewer fish in the Main Event," went the reply, "perhaps it will be more of a skill game."
Life Variance(12/07/2011) You may have heard of "Life Tilt". This month I want to introduce a new term: Life Variance. I love poker terms which cross over into general life. They allow us poker obsessives to assert that our pastime has actually helped us grow as people.
Predicting what happens next? Looks like it’s a bit of a gamble.(13/06/2011) March 3rd could have been a momentous day in the history of online gaming. It was the last day New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could have vetoed a bill allowing internet gambling in his State. If he had not acted by the end of the day, the bill would have become law.
Tournament Poker Therapy, Part 1: Pain and Heather Graham(07/03/2011) If tournament poker were a lottery where the prize was to spend a night with Heather Graham, the prizes would be as follows. Ninety-nine of the nights would end with you being punched in the stomach by Heather, and one would end with you sleeping with her.
The Misuse of Pot Odds Pre-Flop(21/02/2011) I think a lot of amateur poker players make this mistake. It concerns the belief that one has the odds to call a raise based on the textbook odds of one hand against another.
The Vegas Trip Simulator(15/11/2010) Thousands of players will have flown in to Las Vegas from all continents in an attempt to immortalise themselves in the poker world. Around 50 of them will leave with a 2010 WSOP bracelet on their wrist. How many arrive thinking they will leave with one?
How to compare tournament structures(17/09/2010) Over the past few years live tournament structures have definitely got better. However, it’s not always obvious what the benefits are.
How does staking work?(03/09/2010) Just how much cynicism and misunderstanding there is of our game. Whether JJ was a good bet or not, they (Dragon's Den) failed to realise that this was a business proposition like any other they see every day.
String-bet Nazis Must Die!(22/07/2010) What a wonderful word “Jobsy” is. It’s a peculiarly British word. Not because being Jobsy is a peculiarly British thing to be, but because only the British would actually come up with a word to slag someone off who was being so.
Running to Stand Still(05/03/2010) In business it’s assumed that if you do not go out there and secure more customers, your turnover will decrease. There’s a kind of entropy in the competitive world which means that if you stand still, everyone else’s striving for progress means that you actually go backwards. By extension, in order to stay where you are, you actually have to try to move forward.
The Hand "You Can't Get Away From"(11/02/2010) I’d like to introduce to you a concept that I read about in Jeff Hwang’s new book, even before it has hit the shelves. I got an advanced copy of it by turning up to the Excalibur in Vegas where Jeff has been hosting a PLO game on the PokerTek tables there for the past few months.
The Way of the Exploding Text Book(14/01/2010) We’re breaking the first rule of Fight Club. Bluff Europe now has its very own Poker Academy, ever more training sites are springing up on the web, and there is now an established profession of “poker coach”. Opportunities to improve your game have never been so prevalent.
The Evolution of the Las Vegas Card Room(20/11/2009) For years playing poker only meant one thing. Whether it was the smoky back rooms of British spielers, or the gambling dens and river boats of the Mid West, poker was a game you played live. The next stage in the evolution of poker is...
He flips over Aces, and the crowd goes wild...(26/10/2009) A game of skill or chance? The talk of the US government reversing their decision which effectively banned online poker for their citizens has brought the question back to the fore.
The Myth of Tournament Winnings(10/09/2009) Being that I was playing mostly online, I was starved of information about my opponents. I remember how depressed I was at the vast numbers of players who would report, offhand, about how they had won the $100k guaranteed a couple of times.
The Patience of Job(26/08/2009) There’s a certain sense of inevitability about that next bad beat when you’ve had a run of seven beats in a row. You’re all in, the guy turns over a flush draw and you put your best sarcastic voice on: “I wonder if you’ll hit?” you say.
Things to Do in Vegas When You're Dead (Tired)(05/08/2009) I just flew five thousand miles, spent a couple of grand, and flew five thousand miles back again, not to mention spending four hours delayed in McCarran airport (thanks Virgin). What have I got to show for it? Nada.
How Many Poker Player are Really Losers(23/07/2009) The quote, admittedly a throw away comment, was that 99% of poker players are losers overall. Whether or not anyone really believes the figure is that high, it reminded me that most people vastly overestimate the percentage.
Die, Shortstack! Die! Part 2(08/07/2009) Why cash game players who deliberately employ a short stack strategy can be a pain in the bankroll?
Please don’t Feed the Fish(02/07/2009) Alone, in a room, miles from anyone, a man is glued to his computer screen. Two screens, actually. He is feverishly typing away at his keyboard, and if we look closely, we can see gritted teeth.
Die, Shortstack! Die! Part 1(24/06/2009) The trouble with having a small dog is that when you’re bumbling about the house, the critter always gets under your feet. Small things can be a real terror. So it can be with small stacks in a cash game.
Jerusalem Syndrome(10/06/2009) The legend is that if you stay in Jerusalem long enough, a form of madness comes over you. They call it Jerusalem Syndrome.
Five new kinds of tilt(28/05/2009) It’s easy to record your results when you’re playing well. The trick is to record your results all the time.
They don't believe you(08/04/2009) I like this girl. There’s something she does with her hair; twists the edges of her fringe, then flattens them to make them stick; but then they bounce back up again. So far, she seems to like me too. I watch her as she lazily picks up her wine glass and brings it to her lips, takes a short sip, and looks up at me.
Going Up a Level(25/03/2009) What have they got that I haven’t got? Either as a railbird online, watching the celebs and poker pros tough it out at nosebleed stakes, or trying to look casual while staring too long at the high stakes area in the casino, you may well ask yourself that question. You may think as the thousands shift back and forth that these stony characters are poker gods.
I'd rather be Lucky than Good(04/03/2009) You’re a genius. You’re averaging $100 per hour at cash games. You have a return on investment of 300% for tournaments. The phone is ringing, the magazines want an interview; you’re being touted as the next Gus Hansen. Trouble is...
The Importance of Implied Odds in Big Bet Poker(14/01/2009) At my home game a while back a friend caught me counting my chips when making a decision to call a raise preflop. It was one of those times when, lost in a friendly game, you haven’t noticed that your stack has whittled down and it’s way past the time to rebuy.
Is the Money Disappearing Out of Hold'em?(06/01/2009) An old timer at the Vic in London once told me about a game he used to go to in the Seventies. The workers from the North Sea oil platforms would be on shore leave for a few days and there would be a game greeting them. You can imagine the scene: burly men, pockets laden with danger money, and a few days of escape from their windswept home floating in the middle of the bitter cold sea.