Monday, April 27, 2009

Grundy's Wanderlust

For those new to the blog, here are a couple other places you can find my articles:

Friendly Fire

The Secret Life of Pocket Pairs

And for more Grundy insight, check out two interviews done on yours truely:

On PokerPlasm

On PokerTweet

Hope you like, and may the cards be with you.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Popular Online Poker Variants

Sponsored Post: Most online casinos have games and online poker games that they may specialize in. Be it seven-card stud, Omaha Hold ‘em, or maybe a World Poker Tour online poker game. Some of the most popular online poker games these days are some variant of a World Poker Tour, emphasizing on tournaments and competitions on the internet.

Texas Hold ‘em card games are very popular in regards to online casinos and online poker. This is because of the competition aspect, and because the player is no longer playing against the house, but against other players. The odds of winning are lowered with more competitors, but the stakes are much higher – you don’t have to win that many hands to be doing very good.

And just because an online poker game is popular, doesn’t mean you have to play it. If you don’t like it, or you’re not good at it – then play something else, like blackjack or any other game you feel more comfortable with. You’ll do infinitely better at a game you like, rather than a game suggested to you, that you hate.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

HCD Poker Programing Note

No, I'm not actually posting any real content today, silly readers. Although I do have a couple updates for you:

New commenting system is in place and tested: DISQUS!

You can now reply to individual comments, log on with your Facebook creds and share your commenting history with other sites using DISQUS. Examples of other sites using DISQUS? Well, I added it to my other blogs! (plug plug) and my personal site,

The system has been tested and retested...but if your comments disappear into the great beyond, please contact me.

HCD business cards!

If you see me in person, ask for one. If you lose to me in person, I'll give you one and tell you to become a better player by visiting my site....mostly because I'm a blowhard.

You can make verbal comments to me using something called a phone with Google Voice by either calling the number on above card or using the Google Voice widget on the sidebar. (scroll down, yeah, there it is!)

There it is. More posts coming soon. New HCD logo to be voted on. Huzzah!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

US Casinos Need to get Behind On-line Gambling

It seems clear to me that the US government could throw a little water on the debt inferno that is our economy by legalizing poker and taxing the hell out of it. I'm all for it. The drawbacks of a high vice tax is a small price to pay to get my favorite game (and income source) back into the fold.

It may too late for it to be that easy. The US government has already forced very profitable companies like Poker Stars offshore. I can see the powers that be not wanting their people sending all their funds overseas.

I think US based casinos need to step up in their lobbying for on-line gambling. If Harrah's On-line offered a Poker Stars-like software based in America, the government may be more likely to pass along legislation allowing it. The US doesn't need to export it's citizens recreational money right now, I get it. We just need to all get on the same page.

So, this plea is for you, brick-and-mortar US-based casinos: fight for your own on-line ventures. If you do it right, you can do more than compete with the Full Tilt's of the world and get this country on track to freedom that has been denied us.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Serenity Now

Whether you are religious or not, there are undeniabe good things to come from faith. I believe Reinhold Niebuher's Serenity Prayer is one of them.

Now I'm going to apply said prayer to poker, which may be blasphamous...but probably no more blasphamous then my previous posts about the "Poker Gods." If I don't post again by this time next week, assume I was struck down--probably by lighting.
Grant me the serenity to accept the hands I cannot win; the courage to play the hands I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

This is a mantra of mine that I now pass to you. Let me break it down: not every hand is winable (i.e. you can't bluff someone off the nuts.) The sooner we can accept this the sooner we can fold and move on. The courage this "prayer" speaks of is the ability to the bet when when you know you should. This is obvious, yet exteremely hard at times. When you have missed your draw but have put your opponent on a fairly weak hand, to risk a large sum or your hard earned money on a stone cold bluff takes bravery. If you have the wisdom to know when your rival will fold and at what price, the course of action should be clear.

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Thoughts your Tips

I recently tweeted that I thought it was a good idea to weave in some books on general psychology amongst the Super Systems of the world. At the time I was reading Brain Rules, by John Medina. It was a decent read, but more to do with the biology of how the brain works than how the mind thinks--which is what I was really going for.

My current read is Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a book on the quick decisions our subconscious makes and how we come to them. It actually opens with a study in gambling, but I feel some of the following studies can be better applied to poker. The book as a whole gives more credit to the initial "feeling" that your opponent is bluffing. I may go into it deeper in a future post.

This book led me to another tip. Next time you are playing a home game, set up a camcorder to record yourself. Not your opponents, not your hole cards, just you. You will need to leave it on long enough so that you forget it's on and play hands that range from a monster to a stone-cold bluff. Just like in football, you can review the game film and find your weaknesses. Does your body language give anything away? I haven't tried this yet, but i imagine that it would be the best way to nail down and fix your own tells.

Lastly, I'd like to comment on a comment from my previous post. "Lucky Straights" disagrees with poker being a game involving chance. She is looking at macro-poker, and while it is true that the level of your skill is shown in the long-haul, we can't forget about the game-by-game. You need to understand that if you completely outplay your opponent, that doesn't mean you win the hand, it likely means that you only have a 10% to 30% better chance of winning the hand. Chance matters in micro-poker and if you can't come to terms with that you will either be on tilt regularly or correct your play incorrectly.