Monday, August 31, 2009

The Danger of Marginal Hands

If you have a shelf with a book poker in the inventory, chances are you have a table of good starting hands handy. They usually break down the best hole cards in early, middle and late position. Upon studying it, you will find that a hand like AJ may be acceptable to play when in late position, but not early. If you read on, you will learn how to adjust the starting hands against an aggressive table or when short handed. A table of solid advice.

A lot can go wrong when you play AJ and other marginal hands. Novice players think the worst case senario is missing the flop and losing their pre-flop investment upon folding. It takes experience to learn the real danger can be hitting the flop. In the case of AJ, an ace on the flop can give a false sense of confidence. I’m not saying a bet or even a raise here would be the wrong move, but it is important not to over value your kicker. A Jack is good, but not great when you call in late position. Marginal hands fall victim to slightly better hands all the time. It is these hands, when the kicker matters, that usually earns or costs the most of your stack.

If you bring a knife to a gun fight, assume that the gun is loaded.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Twitter, Now With More Gambling!

On the "it" social network of the day, Twitter, followers are a kind of social currency. And now, thanks to, we can treat that currency like we do all other currency--by gambling it away.

I recently tested the service, and by God it works! I won three games and gained a total of nine followers. How many did I lose? None. I'm just that good. So if you have been recently unfollowed, take comfort in the fact that I just don't like you anymore.

betyourfollowersThe said game is, by all accounts, lame. You shake your mouse which shakes an image of a gorilla. I would have gone with an image of dice, but what do I know. The fun is in the risk and reward of followers, not the game itself. You can pick which followers you are risking, so there is no need to worry about losing your BFF.

This is a novelty that you might want to play with if you have followers to spare, but until the game is less gorilla oriented and more poker oriented, I'll pass. As soon as I double or nothing on @PokerPlasm that is.

On Twitter? You can follow me @Grundy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Can 4 Kids Make 2 Million In 2 Months?

m2mmThe gaming TV network G4 is kicking off a new reality show called 2 Months, 2 Million. The premise? Four math quizzes shack up for two months with the goal of winning two million dollars.

I don’t know much about the cast save for their quotes on the promo site, half of which reference huge losses in the past. I suspect they were picked for the same reason all reality TV personalities are picked–their personalities. These kids may be good at math, but this isn’t as simple as card counting. The dichotomy of an emo with violent tendancies (the usual reality star) and a good poker player don’t jive. If they had Hellmuth and Mike “The Mouth” that’d be something. If you can't tell, I’m not expecting them to live up to the show’s premise any more than “The Bachelor,” but hat’s off to G4 for making a season “prize” that costs them nothing. The Internet and Vegas fish are footing the bill, quite diabolical.

One aspect of the show is a room of the shared house called the “Tilt Room.” Basically, it's a room full of breakable, yet harmless, objects to serve as an outlet to unleash their bad beat rage. I must say, if I don’t make it through the season, I will be interested in watching a YouTube mash-up of these scenes. I’m sure we will all relate.

I’m not one for reality shows, but it’s nice to see a new poker program debuting. Unfortunately, it may be too late. The days of the Celeb Poker Spinoff and 24/7 WPT tourneys on the tube have come and gone. Texas Hold’em has been revived in our pop culture, but it is not nearly the craze it was a few years ago. I feel old. My expectation of M2M is that it will be a generic reality show with a sugary poker coating. I’ll give it a try, but I doubt I’ll make it to episode two.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Review on Littlewoods Poker

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Littlewoods Poker's software platform is top notch. It has all the great graphics that the major poker rooms do, but it doesn't have the long load times and the seemingly endless lag that some competitors do. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a game of Texas holdem or Omaha hi and having the software platform freeze or start acting strange. With Littlewoods poker, this is never a problem. Remember that there are always free rolls tournaments to get a seat to the English Poker Open.

Littlewoods poker makes it super easy to deposit and withdraw money. Their streamlined service allows you to make transactions quickly and safely, without having to contact customer service.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Put a Bad Beat on Poker

Long time readers may remember my possibly overly generous urge to contribute to charity as a poker player in a past post. If you pleasure in taking other people's money, as we all do, giving back is a good balance. Think of it as a karmatic offering to the Poker Gods.

Luckily, you don't have to be a chump and give outright. I'm passing along a link from our friends in the Twitter Poker Tour to take part in the Bad Beat on Cancer. (BBoC.)

TPT Charity Event <-- It's clickable!

Check it out, pledge, Digg, tweet, play. It's for the children...and adults. Love poker. Hate Cancer. PSA over!