The 5$pkrclub Resurfaces in the Desert

Fun is very important in poker, but the most exciting, interesting games are often outside the budget of most players. Conversely, when the stakes get too big, the mood gets too serious for some of us. We’re always trying to find that right stake, right structure, right novelty. The solution I’ve offered to the community…

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 of the…

Learning, Coaching, & Relearning

In all my endeavors I have been a good but imperfect teacher, and so far, my experience in poker coaching is bearing this out. Most of my students have reacted favorably to their work with me, and many are seeing positive changes in their thinking and on the felt. The exceptions are interesting and worth…

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.  I also…

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, the composition of the two…

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 research in a…

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 games to make the game…

Maximize This (or, Persuadeo, The $5 Grinder)

My “Maximizing” challenge is up in one month. It has been a disaster. Instead of finding myself in a desired place of fiscal strength after six months of poker, I am back where I started nearly two years ago, and looking at some tough choices. I had placed something of a marker on last’s night…

OOP Training Games Schedule

Monday $22 SNG

Wednesday 500 bb NL20

Thursday 100 bb NL20 & $22 SNG

Sunday 500 bb NL20

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