the void

The Void and the Man, Part I

I limp behind.Isolating, never mind opening, like cbetting, is overrated these days. No one folds. Everyone loves you splashing it in there, trying to define your hand, hoping something good will happen.It’s a minefield.They call 12x opens, they flat behind with aces. As poker knowledge grows and the pernicious influence[…]

2016 Midpoint

I wrote up some plans, goals, and observations in the post-holiday dark.  Then I updated it in March: How was I doing a little past sunrise?Now, a July update: How am I doing (a little past) Midyear?…is the year I read poker books again…. what will Applications change?March: I’m taking it seriously and reading it slowly.[…]

D’Artagnan Unrereunretires, Possibly

I had earned a break from an intense week, so I met up with d’Artagnan, who had announced his retirement again from poker. Over sloppy “Blackberry” Cider and the embarrassing ballast of chili cheese fries, we talked movies (the place of Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo 66 in American cinema), politics (super delegates,[…]

pain box 2016

2016 Check-Up

I wrote up some plans, goals, and observations in the post-holiday dark.  How am I doing a little past sunrise?…is the year I read poker books again…. what will Applications change?I’m taking it seriously and reading it slowly.  I also inherited some unwanted poker books, one of which will figure into my[…]

Home Game

I’ve a run but successful home game for many years.  It is, on the whole, my pleasure to run, but it is more than that.  It’s my belief that private games are the grass roots of poker, and just as I have written about the duty of players in public[…]

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…is the year I read poker books again…. what will Applications change?…is my first year as a handgun owner… will I actually use it when needed?…is the year I put the screenplay on Blacklist… but is Amazon’s reformed sweatshop the incinerator it belongs in?…is the year I hit the USTA…[…]