Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ode to the Buffet

I thought the casino food a cliche
Until I saw the meals on display
Chicken, lobster, and steak
Makes me forgive the rake
Never lose the money for the buffet!

A short Ode to the Buffet courtesy of me. If you frequent casinos, you know the usual set up. High priced restaurants nearby or on the premises may be tempting, but I always opt for the cheaper buffet for the sheer variety of high quality food. I'm not talking Ryan's here, this stuff is chef prepared. I don't frequent five star restaurants, but I'd give at least four stars to most high-class casino's all-you-can-eat option. Just make sure you're wearing elastic.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Poker Nicknames

Whether you're the Master, the Brat, or the Mouth of the table; earning a nickname is part of the hazing ritual of the poker fraternity. We all probably know a "Mr. Conservative," but some nicknames are a little more outside the box. I like "Slot Machine" (a name we gave to a player who seemingly plays hands at random.)

With Internet play it is a given that you need to give youself a new name, but the titles to be proud of are those given to you by others. I've been named "Grundy" after the brute who battles Superman, Solomon Grundy. Another name that stuck for me is "Castro," possibly inspired by the untamed beard I sported when I first attended a new game.

What nicknames do you have at the tables? What nicknames have you given others?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Friday, August 8, 2008


Twitter (n.) is a growing social networking site that works more like a microblog. You write posts (tweets) 140 characters or less which are viewed by the internet at large, and more specifically, your "followers." Followers are people who subscribe to your posts. Everyone has a view on their twitter page that aggregates the posts of those they follow in a easy to digest fashion. If one is so inclined, they may reply to your post which will appear back in your view.

What's all this have to do with poker? So far, not much, but an opportunity is there. People post about whatever is important to them, and for a lot of people, it's poker. Many of the Twitterers I follow post about poker--wins, losses, quotes, short anecdotes and quick tips. It's fun and insightful to take part in. Try to search Twitter for the word "poker" to get an overview of the on-line poker scene and find new folk to follow.

There is also a use for Twitter in covering live events. Many tech conventions have already taken advantage of it and I see no reason why poker events would be any different. Since you can post from your mobile phone, players can let the world know when they busted out or where Dolye Brunson is signing autographs from the WSOP. is starting to organize that endevor. As phones start to use GPS location to tag "tweets" with coordinates, this will become even more useful.

If you join Twitter be sure to follow me and let my know that you read Hell's Cold Day by sending me a message by starting your post @grundy.