Getting Hard

Strategies in cash games are lazily labelled bad and good, but an equally vague label, Hard vs. Soft, is actually a cunning insight because it is simple while still having true descriptive power.A soft strategy is a pot controlling, bluff catching strategy.  It encompasses Small Ball poker.  It involves mixing up[…]

Black Friday

I’m driving home through the dense, tufted fog with a crease so deep in my forehead that it is threatening to dislodge my eyeballs.  After making one mistake all night and nearly bringing home 200 life sustaining bbs, without coolering anyone and playing extremely well, I lose almost all of[…]

Elsewhere St.

One of the most interesting aspects of learning poker from forums is that we are almost always given:A hand historyQuestions about how to get a better resultSometimes we get an answer.  But what we rarely get at is the heart of the matter, which is to say, the problem itself.In[…]

I’ve Had a Few

There were three crucial hands in last night’s session, but I’m going to focus on the final one, because it is the most subtle.  In the first, I lost my nerve after being put into a tough spot right off the bat and took a line that lent me to being[…]

Delirious Hour

In the beginning, I used a detailed database to chart my opposition’s tendencies.  A spreadsheet, with a name, a quick summary, and then street by street tendencies.  I remember reading that Phil Ivey once kept a notebook of all this thoughts on poker, which he later lost and never bothered to[…]

smurf's revenge

Smurfs’ Revenge

I play unexpectedly in a small game tonight.  I’m just trying to pass the time sleepless and to get something going, maybe take a bite out of the damage inflected yesterday.  Unfortunately, I continue to run badly – I won’t even put this on twitter as I hate whining and[…]

Soft

On the night of my return to the local games after nearly three weeks on the road, I look for a soft landing at the Village.  I have not played much poker in months.  My games on the road were mostly short, breezy sessions accomplished as a sampling.  Between travels,[…]