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Gargamel: Leaving Money on the Table

Gargamel steps back out of the shadows with a guest post today. -P Something is definitely wrong.  Here I was in the midst of another crappy session.  I just 4b AA and managed to get 2 callers in a 100bb cap game.  Then I CRAI to ensure all the money would go in on 236cc.  […]

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William Kassouf

Luminaries I

I spend a lot of time watching poker videos. The clicking of chips is often enough my own personal “Gentle Beach Sounds” that lull me into the brief death of sleep. I love the game, and it loves me. So, being a nobody in a surprisingly big industry, I must have a few favorites of […]

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Bright Days of Vegas, Conclusion

I can make no sense of the multi-building apartment complex’s non-sequential numbering. Its drives are deserted and the night is quiet. As at the beginning of the trip, my wallet bulges ostentatiously with (even more) cash– I seem to put myself in the most stupid circumstances. I wander in circles, crisscross paths and squares, duck under […]

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gargamel and smurf skull

Bright Days of Vegas, Part VII

The arrival of my longtime poker pal, Gargamel, caused me to extend my stay in Las Vegas. I was not eager to leave, after all, and the extra bed for me at the curious and uneponymous Mandalay Bay was a great excuse to swallow an airline flight change fee. Live at the Bike, despite my having played relatively poorly, […]

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Bright Days of Vegas, Part VI

Fausto raises. Fausto raises quickly. When he attacks the lead from the small blind, he is acting, in part, out of habit. He has left the sphere of totally deductive play. I can see him taking this action again and again, because he has and he will. The chips distribute themselves slightly sideways after falling […]

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the woman in the lounge

Bright Days of Vegas, Part V

Midway through the week the cheerful Club de Soleil would add an extra guest, one not on ChipXtractor’s official docket. Both taller and bigger than you might suspect from his class-trip-to-AMNH-to-examine-the-lives-of-chips avatar, Fausto Valdez gives the first impression of a young man dressed as a hockey player, an impassioned American Gladiator fan, or a roller hockey villain. […]

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patio table 3

Bright Days of Vegas, Part IV

In some respects being solitary, my lifelong theme, is a luxury. The frustrations of my last relationship had featured highs and lows in Las Vegas, where my natural need to have a woman nearby vexed my horrible independent streak, a trait I am beginning to accept as a curse, and one which makes compromises other people […]

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Meanwhile, in the Village

Perception is a great theme of poker. Dealing with information. Evaluating actions. Filtering misinformation. Judging your opponents, sometimes at a glance, and sometimes, over years together, like smiling, vicious colleagues who have been stealing each other’s work. Tougher questions, too: range versus perceived range, that great tension of technical poker which can occasionally cause tantamount confusion or […]

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Meanwhile, in the Annals of Gambling Justice

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at the nugget

Bright Days of Vegas, Part III

The Golden Nugget is the premier low stakes cash location in Las Vegas. Naturally, I love the Wynn and recommend it. Of course. Who would turn down perfect décor, Fiji water, and the city’s most attractive servers? And the Aria? It’s a beautiful place to play our game. Its comfortable chairs (when you can get […]

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