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[…]


Last year Sugarhouse Casino erected a large white tent to host a full room of poker tables.  The tent is entirely appropriate, because inside it’s a circus.In other words, I had never been more at home!   The Village plays exactly like Sugarhouse.  Seven way pots at 2/5.  Three bet pots[…]


Flubbing Lines

Poker is not a sport, but it is a performance.  I scored very poorly on my prep quiz for last night’s big game, and ended up playing very hesitantly.   I was fatigued and did not trust myself.Should I have gone to play?  Yes.  The lesson is not I have[…]


Home at last, and cozily back at the Village as well, getting my feet wet after a long vacation.  The action is good, so perhaps that is why the dealer is surprised that I am leaving.  I can only tell her that there is more to life than poker.  In[…]

The Sands

I’m here at the “Full of Crepe,” finally having found some decent breakfast, more than a mile from my hotel at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  This isn’t the first amusing appellation on my trip out here.  The “Actia”- not to be confused with the painful social disease- transport[…]

growing the board


I consulted with Red Chip coach Christian Soto today in the comfortable confines of the food court at Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City.  We drank mango lassi and discussed improvements to my strategy as well as the particular challenges of my local games.  While I can’t share this uber priority triple secret handshake[…]