ny cuffs

NY, part 2

The reinforced door to the host’s apartment is being repeatedly struck and will soon be destroyed; small pieces of it fly into the hallway.  A hinge snaps.  The players are frozen by the unsettling combination of the loudness of the battering ram and the silence of the intruders behind it.[…]

i love ny

NY, part 1

Note: I’m staying again with a friend in Manhattan so I was inspired to write up something that happened during last year’s visit.************************** Without connections, it takes a bit of time to get into a private game in Manhattan.  There are endless Craigslist advertisements, but none of the hosts respond directly.  Maybe[…]

Right Play

There are formulas in art and poker that will get you good results.  Brilliance, however, often goes its own way without all the variables accounted for and balanced, even if they can never truly disappear if the equation is to work.  In Isolde, which I attended last night at the Theater[…]

Gargamel Rising

Gargamel, wolf in wolf’s clothing, is taking his time.  Playing great poker doesn’t just take time, it eats time.  Poker devours thought, patience, intelligence, guts, math, instinct, discipline.  The table tonight, however, is not accustomed to this slow burn and it is breaking up the rhythm of their evening.  It’s[…]

Job Description

A big win Monday wiped out a week of runbad and more.  What was the key?While I know that it’s important to get into the big game early and not arrive fashionably late with the other sharks, rousing myself to action can be an issue.  It’s easy to lie to myself and[…]

Useless History, part I

Occasionally I go to a third main casino within my pokerosphere, one which has the oldest poker history in my area.  It’s also easily the sleaziest.   In addition to the known hazards of crime, collusion, disgusting people (the revolting mystery of Mr. Foam Lips, anyone?), and chips coated with[…]

big o splits

Big O

The home game last night at last was ready to introduce Big O, or five card Omaha high low split.  It quickly replaced plo and hold’em, as the players complained about the lack of action in PLO.  Always a problem!Unfortunately for me, all my experience in PLO8 came to naught[…]