Elsewhere St.

One of the most interesting aspects of learning poker from forums is that we are almost always given:A hand historyQuestions about how to get a better resultSometimes we get an answer.  But what we rarely get at is the heart of the matter, which is to say, the problem itself.In[…]

I’ve Had a Few

There were three crucial hands in last night’s session, but I’m going to focus on the final one, because it is the most subtle.  In the first, I lost my nerve after being put into a tough spot right off the bat and took a line that lent me to being[…]

Delirious Hour

In the beginning, I used a detailed database to chart my opposition’s tendencies.  A spreadsheet, with a name, a quick summary, and then street by street tendencies.  I remember reading that Phil Ivey once kept a notebook of all this thoughts on poker, which he later lost and never bothered to[…]

smurf's revenge

Smurfs’ Revenge

I play unexpectedly in a small game tonight.  I’m just trying to pass the time sleepless and to get something going, maybe take a bite out of the damage inflected yesterday.  Unfortunately, I continue to run badly – I won’t even put this on twitter as I hate whining and[…]


On the night of my return to the local games after nearly three weeks on the road, I look for a soft landing at the Village.  I have not played much poker in months.  My games on the road were mostly short, breezy sessions accomplished as a sampling.  Between travels,[…]

Mendocino coast


This road trip has not turned out to be much about poker, but I have had a chance to determine what might or might not be good for future excursions.The Bear River Hotel and Casino may offer limited action, but it is a beautiful lodge and conveniently located for Redwoods[…]

Empty Set

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I’ve been reading the “Double Barrel Challenge” hand histories with curiosity.There are, on the whole, two things to be learned.  One, aggression rules.  Two, poker players are mostly in the dark about what they are doing.  I suppose these theorems work very, very well for the likes of Ed Milller[…]