Right Play

There are formulas in art and poker that will get you good results.  Brilliance, however, often goes its own way without all the variables accounted for and balanced, even if they can never truly disappear if the equation is to work.  In Isolde, which I attended last night at the Theater[…]


The pool of winners and losers overlap in many ways, but one of the many traits with which weaker players mark themselves is their instantaneous and natural use of the possessive adjective. It’s not universal by any means- not that readers of this obscure blog will tend to think in[…]

Inspiration Cost

There is nothing like a difficult run to inspire new thoughts.  The lesson of runbad is always to play better, even if it is immediately not evident.  The other lesson is to focus on other projects, and this weekend, lonely labor days of writing and contemplation, has yielded incredible fruit.[…]


When DZ checks the turn after raising Miniman’s donk lead, I put the pro on eight-six suited.  It’s a fast check, really much too quick, because if DZ had a set he would have considered continuing his aggression, even with the severe hit the straightening card delivered to his perceived[…]

The Maze

I turn and see Shaky, nice guy and poker mark, going home with 2.5k.   The two of us stare at his chips in disbelief.Shaky is a lean, handsome man, late fifties, brown eyes, recently haircut and shaved. His arms are wiry, unmuscled but overly tanned from good vacations, bad golf,[…]

Game and Set

Eighty degrees, deuce. Serve, return, misplaced approach; Hando dribbles J4 over the high part of the net.  It’s likely he intended this defense to go elsewhere, or, perhaps, he had no idea where he wanted it to go.  Not sure how such a limp-wristed stab is really supposed to send[…]


I am a workaholic.  I am so happy about this development, so grateful.  All my life, whether from circumstance or cynicism, I’ve held jobs that did not truly engage me, no matter how interesting or uninteresting, well-paying or penurious, easy or hard.  Finally, as a poker player, I look forward[…]