Staying Hard

Among a mountain of hands to review from this week, including three very poorly played ones from a session where I felt out of sorts and it showed in my handiwork, cuddling my opponents with small ball plays, going Dutch pot control, and caressingly missized raises, this one example illustrates[…]

Banker Error, Collect 200 bbs

As I’ve written before, the august Banker, Prince of the Village, has taken the tack of avoiding confrontations with me.  This was a regrettable development, but who would blame him?  He collects chips like interest from his adoring Smurf clients by just sitting in the games, and his invincible reputation[…]

God’s Work

Women, being at once the ideal and paradoxically the consolation, the raison d’etre and easily forgotten, but in fact more important, raison de mourir, have long been the most natural subject of the Image.  The Image, being so powerful, is forbidden in totalitarian cultures, or even more sickly, replaced entirely[…]


There’s this moment in a recent Louis CK special where he steps out of his self-abasement and into some very creative sadism.  He’s up on a Sunday morning, looking questionable and sitting outside his own apartment building as if he’s a bum.  When an upright resident is upset by his[…]

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[…]