growing the board

Soto

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[…]

ny detective

NY, part 3

“Loitering for Gambling” is the citation, handwritten and barely readable on the pink carbon copy.  It’s a shameful one, not for the gambling, but for the “loitering,” which is anything but what I was doing.  Or is it?  There are many other things to do on a bright day in the[…]

ny cuffs

NY, part 2

The reinforced door to the host’s apartment is being repeatedly struck and will soon be destroyed; small pieces of it fly into the hallway.  A hinge snaps.  The players are frozen by the unsettling combination of the loudness of the battering ram and the silence of the intruders behind it.[…]

i love ny

NY, part 1

Note: I’m staying again with a friend in Manhattan so I was inspired to write up something that happened during last year’s visit.************************** Without connections, it takes a bit of time to get into a private game in Manhattan.  There are endless Craigslist advertisements, but none of the hosts respond directly.  Maybe[…]

Treasure Island

Seven hundred big blinds in front of me, Q3o in the hole, six callers, getting lazy; something else is on my mind.  Sorry, it’s on me; can I cbet this monotone board?  Yes, apparently, as I watch my hands pushing chips. Chinese Eager Beaver next to me, raising his body[…]

Colossus freeroll

Colossus Freeroll

Thanks to Red Chip Poker I have bumped up my flight to Vegas from a flight accommodating a short family visit and a concurrent $1000 NL paper chase, to a free lotto ticket in the so-called Colossus reentry marathon beginning May 29.  The four starting flights of this inaugural tourney[…]