Mendocino coast


This road trip has not turned out to be much about poker, but I have had a chance to determine what might or might not be good for future excursions.The Bear River Hotel and Casino may offer limited action, but it is a beautiful lodge and conveniently located for Redwoods[…]

Empty Set

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I’ve been reading the “Double Barrel Challenge” hand histories with curiosity.There are, on the whole, two things to be learned.  One, aggression rules.  Two, poker players are mostly in the dark about what they are doing.  I suppose these theorems work very, very well for the likes of Ed Milller[…]

Truman Plays Cards


A moving afternoon at the Oregon Historical Society, where the cross pollination of a World War II exhibit and the history of the state itself produced a very convincing portrait of America and American life.  Our history has given so many of us the opportunity for greatness, and the exhibits[…]

the old man angled


I was tricked by an OMC type last night and he possibly saved a couple hundred dollars.  On river of AQJx10, the grumpy old crab, out of position, faked a bet, then checked.  I held three jacks, and checked behind conservatively.I knew he had a pair and a gutter the whole[…]


I finally lost my mind last night.It started (well, it started in June, but that’s another story) when another poor fool shipped his gutter over my flopped straight after I potted the turn leaving no room for me to fold.  He binked the mysterious three outer, the one I blocked,[…]


The other night I heard a faded but distinct second echo of the strategy post where I talked about applying cbetting principles on a board that favors the blinds.    To be frank, when this hand started, I was tilted or more accurately, trying to control my tilt, so I may have been a[…]


I thought of this RC thread when I was put in a tough spot last night.  In that forum hand, an iconic and classic situation, the answer is difficult to understand if you have been programmed into bet/folding as your strategy, but is in fact simple and clear: there are very few hands one[…]



After such a crucial session as my Columbus Day, to go and hang with the clowns at a smaller game full of high hand chasers and bingo card screamers only to get bamboozled is deflating.  In one hand that sums up my day and my second half of 2015 as well, an action[…]


I very recently completed a challenging grind, one that involved many aspects of a poker player’s life.  From the start this was, as far as individual sessions go, to be an important day for me.  Not only had I to climb back from the deficit I owe my bank and[…]