Honeymoon with Gargamel

I recently returned from an Australia/New Zealand cruise, having played 1/3 NL (the only offering) eight out of ten nights on the ship. Poker on a cruise ship has many idiosyncrasies, but the incredibly soft games kept me coming back despite the hassle and lack of sleep. Poker only gets going around 9 pm and…

Gargamel’s Greatest Hits, Vol. I

Gargamel resurfaces in a fucking thoughtful mood – P. I’m in the midst of a downswing and getting best handed a lot. Instead of writing about how I want to tear up the cards and flip the table, I figured this would be a good time to write about my favorite moments in poker. They’re…

Gargamel: Superhero Call

We hear from Gargamel, who is back and playing lights out in 2017. I ask him some questions at the end. – P. I love going against the player in this hand I’m about to describe.  He’s the type to give you 75 bbs with six high.  He’s arrogant enough to play a bunch of…

Gargamel: Leaving Money on the Table

Gargamel steps back out of the shadows with a guest post today. -P Something is definitely wrong.  Here I was in the midst of another crappy session.  I just 4b AA and managed to get 2 callers in a 100bb cap game.  Then I CRAI to ensure all the money would go in on 236cc. …

Bright Days of Vegas, Part VII

The arrival of my longtime poker pal, Gargamel, caused me to extend my stay in Las Vegas. I was not eager to leave, after all, and the extra bed for me at the curious and uneponymous Mandalay Bay was a great excuse to swallow an airline flight change fee. Live at the Bike, despite my having played relatively poorly,…

Gargamel: Dodging Coolers

New post from Gargamel, where he thinks through seemingly reciprocal spots. – P. Today I’m going to talk about hero folding and being able to put your opponent on a very narrow range of hands or even a single hand. First, what is a cooler?  My definition of a cooler is a hand in which you…

Gargamel: Still Salty After All These Years

Gargamel’s back with an update – P. Last year I had a 22 session winning streak end and this year it was a 22 month winning streak that fell.  The month started out with beats including, but not limited to AQ vs Q2 AIPF, QQQ vs AQ on AQ83 all in on the turn, and…

Investigation

There’s a lot I could say about this hand, too much really, but I am not in the mood for pedantic poker piffle.  Hopefully I can knock this out without trouble. These spots that involve multiple concepts and reward very strong play, from beginning to end, pop up from time to time, as another one did…

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Monday $22 SNG

Wednesday 500 bb NL20

Thursday 100 bb NL20 & $22 SNG

Sunday 500 bb NL20

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