Thursday, May 28, 2009

Will Scotty Nguyen really quit?

Pokerlistings got the inside scoop on this, if Scotty don't make more than
$4 million at the 2009 WSOP he's gonna quit poker for good, really?

Seems hard to believe, but if you want to follow
the tournaments ahead you can check it out here,

Scotty Nguyen Quitting Poker? from

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Contact Your Congressman & (Their Staff) Contacts You!

Georgia's Congressman recently replied to my e-mail sent via the Poker Player's Alliance (see last post.) I give credit for at least stating his/his party's/his staff's reasoning for standing with the UIGEA.
Dear Mr. Murphy:

Thank you for contacting me with your support for a skill game exemption to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I appreciate hearing from you, although I regret that we do not agree on this particular issue.

Since 2006, numerous legislative measures have been introduced that would exempt certain games, predominantly determined by a player's skill, from those prohibited by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I have not supported these measures in the past, and I am not inclined to support similar measures introduced in the 111th Congress.

I have a number of concerns regarding Internet gambling and its potentially negative impact on families. Those who support the legislation claim that it includes protections against underage gambling. I, however, share the concern of many of my colleagues that Internet gambling is far too accessible to children. Some have pointed out that a teenager could easily get the family credit card, log on to the family computer, and loose thousands of dollars online, all before their parents get home from work. American families simply cannot afford these types of situations especially in our current economic situation.

Again, thank you for contacting me. If I can be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to call on me.


John Linder
Member of Congress

Your kid steals your credit card and gamblies it all away? Gimme a break. The problem here is that YOUR KID STEALS YOUR CREDIT CARD! How does the kids method of spending your money make any difference? Personally, I would have taken my class to go see the new Star Trek, but that's just me. Howsabout we hide said credit card or teach our kids how to behave and not rely on the freakin' government. It's a baseless arguement.

Besides, your kid is much more likely to opt for easier illegal web activity such as porn.

I'll clean up this rebuttal a bit and write back to Mr. Linder. I'll keep you posted.

Poker needs a Wafer!

Ever go to a wine tasting? The process goes something like this: A gulp worth of Wine Brand A is inhaled, swished, tasted, and (depending on your gentleman to alcoholic ratio) either spit or swallowed. Repeat for Wine Brand B. Don't worry, this isn't the beginnings of Grundy's Wino Blog, this is a metaphor in the making.

Before moving on to the next label, a palette cleanser is used to neutralize the taste of the previous. It is a fresh start. The flavor of the Merlot from the vineyards of Nowheresville, Oklahoma should not carry over to the aged French wines that you can't afford. The need to get that "bad taste" out of your metaphorical mouth comes up in poker as well. A vanilla wafer will do you no good here, but that doesn't mean we can't find our own palette cleanser.

As I'm sure you know by now, a bad beat can spiral into a vicious cycle of consecutive bad sessions. Like I said in the past, no one is immune to the tilt. Some deal with it better than others, some internalize, but all ask "why me?" When I reach my bad luck limit, my game goes slowly out the window. This leads to more money lost which leads to an increase in speed of said game going out the window. Exponents are involved, I don't know the exact formula.

Ah, those were the days, and by "the" I mean expensive. Things have changed now. I never fall prey to the cycle anymore because I cleanse my poker palette. I go focus on a video game, watch a movie, play with my cats, or talk to a friend. I recommend something non-stressful, so I wouldn't jump into doing paperwork or you might go into detail about how much you hate donkeys in a client's e-mail. Also, if your game is on-line, take your break away from the computer. Remove yourself from the scene of the crime completely. There isn't a set amount of time you need to relax, just long enough that your loss is lost from you mind.

Obviously, if you are in a tournament, you need to push forward until the finale. In the process, you may regain your footing. The best cure for a bad beat is to get lucky on someone else, or so I hear. However, if you never recover, don't jump into the next tourney available to avenge your financial demise. A clean palette is a profitable palette.

Checking down an all-in...peacefully

Texas Hold'em Tournament Scenario: One or more players have moved all-in while two or more players still have chips. Additional community cards to come.

This is one of the few scenarios I play the same way every time. I check it down...unless, of course, I end up with the nuts. This play maximizes the chances for the all-in(s) to lose, which gets you closer to the money. This is the correct play. It is how I recommend you play.

What I find interesting is how other players react to a breach in this well-known strategy. I have heard more people break into condescending lectures of how to play, or not-play in this case, that can domino into a full-on tirade the likes of which I thought only Christian Bale was capable. Not cool.

I try not to stand in the way of bad play when I stand a chance at profiting from it. Beyond alerting the few of you who might not have known the above strategy, my tip of the day is this: Size up your opponent in times like this. If someone you perceive as a good player bets into you and over all-ins, take him at his word and fold. He likely knows the strategy and has a monster that he wants to maximize. If you perceive the opponent as inexperienced, play as you normally would and adjust for the all-ins by sticking with reasonable draws.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Write Your Representatives in Under a Minute!

Online poker legality has a new hope: the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act--but it needs your help.

Writing to the people that matter is an awesome way to start. The Poker Player's Alliance have a dead simple way to show your support for the bill. All you have to do is type your name and contact info. There is an option to personalize the letter, but the PPA wrote out a very clear and to the point endorsement already. Here is the link:

Save on-line poker!

To learn more about the bill, check this news clip: