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[…]


KK in the Mirror

Tonight I stack off with kings versus fairly obvious aces, for the second time in the past few weeks.  It’s the third preflop set up of late, but why am I getting it wrong?3bet KK with tight image over TAG’s raise.  He massively 4bets, I snap fold.  He shows me[…]

Job Description

A big win Monday wiped out a week of runbad and more.  What was the key?While I know that it’s important to get into the big game early and not arrive fashionably late with the other sharks, rousing myself to action can be an issue.  It’s easy to lie to myself and[…]

Useless History, part I

Occasionally I go to a third main casino within my pokerosphere, one which has the oldest poker history in my area.  It’s also easily the sleaziest.   In addition to the known hazards of crime, collusion, disgusting people (the revolting mystery of Mr. Foam Lips, anyone?), and chips coated with[…]

big o splits

Big O

The home game last night at last was ready to introduce Big O, or five card Omaha high low split.  It quickly replaced plo and hold’em, as the players complained about the lack of action in PLO.  Always a problem!Unfortunately for me, all my experience in PLO8 came to naught[…]

Death Appeal

The smallest game in the room, the entry point for poker, is often the most deadly, dull, and uninviting.  It has the highest proportional rake, the least challenging play, the smallest amount of available money, and most lethally, the most boring people.Tuesday is a slow night in many casinos.  I[…]