Sunday, October 31, 2004
Some Gambling and Poker News
Bettors are risking millions the outcome of the presidential election.
This is interesting to me, because in my mind there's a lot more riding on this presidential election than millions of dollars. There are lives at stake in Iraq. There are civil liberties at stake here at home. The environment is in constant danger.
There's an interesting article about students not needing campus jobs because they're making money playing poker in the Harvard school paper.
There were some big poker games going on when I was in the dorms in the late 80's and the early 90's too. I don't remember there being a lot of press about how dangerous gambling and poker are to our youth back then, but maybe that's because there wasn't a bunch of televised poker going on in those days. It's funny to think that the sports betting industry is so huge, but since the government continues its gambling prohibition almost everywhere, the only people profiting from sports betting are involved in organized crime, at least on some level.
The Difference Between Party Poker's $25 No Limit Tables and Party Poker's $100 Pot Limit Tables
But to calculate the real difference, I have to calculate how much I lose at the pot limit tables and add that to the difference. That makes the picture much different. I only played about 5 hours at the pot limit table, but I probably lost $500 or so. That's $100 per hour.
So the real difference between the $25 no limit tables and the $100 pot limit tables at Party, for me anyway, is about $120 per hour.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
SportingBet buys Paradise Poker & Other Poker News
T - Man, I'm going to play poker all weekend.
Me - Yeah?
T - Yeah. And I'm going to play hard too.
Me - (Pause)
T- Are you going to play this weekend?
Me - Yeah. I'll probably play a little.
T- Are you going to play hard?
Me - Hell yeah.
T- Man--I've been winning about $50 per hour on Party Poker lately at the pot limit tables.
Me- Yeah--I've done allright for the past couple of days. Maybe $40 an hour.
A few hours after this conversation, I went on tilt and dropped about $400. One of the first times I'd ever been on tilt that I know of, and the funny thing about it is that I didn't even realize I was on tilt til I lost a bunch of money and quit and thought about it.
My new goal is to be like David Sklansky. He never tilts.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Poker at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas
Poker at the Monte Carlo was nice. The poker room was intimate and classy without feeling crowded. The staff running the place were very nice, and the cocktail waitresses were appropriately busty. (I like busty cocktail waitresses when I play poker. I probably shouldn't worry about that, but I do.)
The game there was also surprisingly soft. I played limit hold em there, and I don't remember the stakes, although I think it was $2/$4. But I remember that I did very well, and that I left after maybe 3 or 4 hours winning about $100. The Monte Carlo poker room was about as nice a poker room as I played in while I was in Vegas. I thought it was as nice as the Bellagio poker room, even if it did lack the famous players and the big high roller room.
And it was a lot less crowded than the Bellagio room. I'm a big guy, over 400 pounds in fact, and I hate crowded poker rooms.
Phil Hellmuth Jr. Interview
Anyway, here's the Phill Hellmuth Interview. And for those of you out there who don't like him, I don't really care. I think he's funny as hell. I've got a buddy who's a webmaster who has a very strong resemblance to Phil, and he was a lot of fun over drinks and taught me a lot about search engine optimization. Kevin, if you're reading this, you know that I'm talking about you.
More on the Richardson Poker Room Bust
I'd just like to say that I agree with Dan about this place having the best food in town for a poker player like me. The meatball subs on Friday nights were terrific. And quite frankly, the guys running the place were really cool to me every time I was there, and made me feel really welcome.
I don't know anything else about this event, but it was a disappointment, to say the least.
Stu Ungar Movie - High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
A.W. Vidmer won the best director award at the San Diego Film Festival for this movie. As near as I can tell, the movie has not been released to the general public yet, and it has only been showing at film festivals. I'm hoping it will be released soon, because I'd like to see it.
Here are a couple of links: Stu Ungar Movie Official Site and Rotten Tomatoes Stu Ungar Movie Page. And I wrote an article about Stu Ungar here.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Richardson, TX Police Raid Poker Club
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Hoyt Corkins - Poker Player Hoyt Corkins
From what I've read on some other sites, Hoyt Corkins is one of those old school gentlemen who you can't even provoke into saying something bad about someone else, not even Phil Hellmuth. This is the biggest thing that impressed me about him. (That and the big black cowboy hat--I just love that whole cowboy hat and sunglasses look he's got going on.) On a side note, it's almost fashionable to dislike Phil Hellmuth Jr. I guess I go against the grain, because I like him very much, and even liked his book, Play Poker Like the Pros.
Anyway--Hoyt Corkins is my kind of poker player. I admire aggression, and I admire big black cowboy hats too, although I haven't worn a cowboy hat myself since I was in my early teens. (And I mean early, like 13 or so...)
Here are some more articles about Hoyt Corkins:
- World Poker Tour Winner Hoyt Corkins (This is the best article I've seen online about him. She apparently kept trying to get him to "dish the dirt" on Hellmuth, and he just wouldn't do it because he's such a class act.)
- Poker Player Profiles - Hoyt Corkins
- World Poker Tour Final Table Players - Hoyt Corkins
Friday, October 15, 2004
Doyle Brunson and Me
Doyle Brunson is a big man. Tall and a little bit overweight. (Much like myself.) But he's not just physically big. He's also a big player and a big name. He's contributed as much if not more to the game of poker than just about anyone else living. If the only thing he'd ever accomplished was the publication of Super/System, that would probably still be enough to earn him a place in poker's hall of fame.
Like me, Doyle Brunson is from Texas. Unlike me, he was quite an athlete growing up--he played lots of different sports. Basketball, baseball, track. Heck, he was such a good basketball player that he was drafted by the Laker's. A knee injury ended his professional career as an athlete though. (Unlike Brunson, I've never had a career as an athlete, but I do have a bit of arthritis in my right knee.)
Another big difference between me and Doyle Brunson is our level of play. Doyle's a legendary poker player. He's won at least nine gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker; I've never even played in the World Series of Poker. Another cool fact about him: he has a hand named after him. A "Doyle Brunson" is a T2.
You can read more about him here:
Doyle Brunson Biography and Interview at PokerPages
Doyle Brunson Bio at Poker Babes
Doyle Brunson's Super/System
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Poker Hobgoblins and Ben Affleck
My god but this article made me laugh. I'd love to see my kids want to dress up as famous poker players for Halloween.
I saw another article today about Ben Affleck being on the cover of All In magazine. My aunt brought me a copy of the magazine when she was in Vegas this year. She was there visiting her son, but the WSOP was going on at the same time, so she picked up a copy for me. I thought I'd heard a rumor that the magazine was already in financial trouble, but I can't imagine that's true, considering poker's tremendous popularity right now.
One of the things that I like about Ben Affleck, aside from him being a poker player, is that he's not only a handsome guy, but he's thoroughly likeable too. I could easily see hanging out with him and having a beer and shooting the breeze. From what I understand, he's one of these really good celebrity players too.
I've been playing a lot at Party Poker lately. It's funny though--seems like every time I sit down at a table, it gets really tight really fast. And I'm not playing really high stakes at all; I'm just playing $2/$4 limit holdem.
I was coming up really high in Google for Clonie Gowen until recently. I'm like any other webmaster, I guess, even poker webmasters need traffic. And I was really pleased I was getting between 3 and 5 visitors a day who were searching for her name. But now I'm nowhere to be found for that term any more.
Not much else to report today. I'm doing well at Party's $2/$4 tables lately, and will probably swing by there tonight to play a bit more.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Poker at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas
I arrived in Vegas at 9am at the Boardwalk on the strip. They wouldn't let me check in early because they didn't have my room ready yet. So I walked over to the Excalibur to check out their poker room and play a little poker. I was hoping to play $1/$2, but the only table where they had an open seat was at a $2/$6 spread limit Texas Holdem table. It was full of a bunch of older men.
I wound up playing until about 4pm in the afternoon at the same table with the same old guys. We occasionally had people sit down and get up and leave, but the core of the table were these same six fellows.
At the end of my 7 hours of play, after tipping the dealer and the cocktail waitresses multiple times, I was only down $20. I started talking with a railbird when I finished playing, and he explained to me that I'd been playing at the table with all the local regulars--apparently they play poker every day at the Excalibur at that table, and most of them play really tight and really well. He said that having only lost $20 for 7 hours with those guys was actually pretty darn good.
I did overhear one of the players muttering to another player that I never had the hole cards they expected me to have when we got to the occasional showdown. I think that's a good thing.