Wednesday, July 27, 2005
John Vorhaus and Game Theory
Doesn't take long for you to know when to hold em and know when to fold em here does it? By the same token, if you take a player who raises every hand he has, regardless of whether he has the ace or the 2, you also know exactly what action to take in order to compensate for his play.
But if he does something to randomize how often he raises with a 2...well, that's game theory in action. It makes him unpredictable to his opponents. And unless they can figure out the proper calling frequency, they'll lose money against him by making mistakes based on being unable to read him.
At a full ring game, you can play automatically and predictably and do allright. You might even be able to make a profit. But at a short handed table where there's a rake, and where the blind comes around more often than once every 5 hands, you need to be able to make yourself more profitably by using game theory to your advantage.
Thanks for explaining this to me, Mr. Vorhaus.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
World Championship of Online Poker at Pokerstars
My wife's not really thrilled about it though, because the tournament is on my daughters' birthday. (I have twins.) Last year I was in the hospital for my birthday. Turns out I have panic attacks, and since I'm overweight, whenever there's a hint of chest pain, they want me in the emergency room.
The weather here in Texas is hot and humid, but I'm staying inside under the fan and air conditioner, and I'm playing a little bit of poker. Been working on some of my other websites for a bit, which is why I haven't done much blogging here. Going to try to make up for it some this week.
New Casino Games Guide
Thursday, July 14, 2005
WSOP Updates - 2005 No Limit Holdem Status
Looks like the main event is now down to the final 27 players. That's big money sitting there now, folks. Amazingly, from what I understand, Greg Raymer is doing very well again this year. I think that's terrific. I've always gotten the impression that Greg "Fossilman" Raymer is a cool guy, an ordinary guy, the kinda guy I could have a beer with. The only thing that would be more exciting for me from the perspective of seeing Raymer win the big one again this year would be seeing Gabe Kaplan come out and win it.
I'm a big fan of Gabe Kaplan. The guy's awesome. Funny and smart. A hero to me when I was a young man.
I'm rambling a bit today. I'm in a rambling mood though. Was reading a bunch of cool stuff about Andy Kaufman last night on the internet. There was an interesting guy. Definitely do a Google search for Andy Kaufman sometime and enjoy away. One urban legend I thought was funny was that Jim Carrey was theorized to actually be Kaufman under an asssumed identity.
Followup to Poker Hotties and Poker Babes Post - Nude Searches
Someone out there started a nude-poker dot blogspot.com address at some point in the past, but there's nothing at all there. I guess they were trying to pick up traffic for phrases like "Evelyn Ng naked" or "Clonie Gowen nude".
Here's my advice to folks searching for poker player nude pictures. Decide what you want to do. If you want to look at naked women, then maybe you oughta hit some adult sites, and then go play poker afterward. Or maybe you're more interested in playing some poker. If so, be sure to sign up with my bonus code at Party Poker. (CHIPSBLOG, or one of the other bonus codes in the sidebar here.)
Playing Flush Draws in No Limit Holdem
I generally play my flush draws very aggressively when I'm playing no limit holdem. That's just me though. I guess I figure that I've got a 1 in 3 chance of hitting my flush, but my chances of him folding are extremely good with a big bet like that, so if it's not a positive expectation bet, it's probably pretty close. Maybe I'm wrong--I haven't done the math on it. There are a lot of factors. I'll say this though--if I've got top pair, and a king kicker, and someone goes all-in on me, I'm folding. Heck--you might have an A10 or even 1010, for 3 of a kind.
So this guy gets mad at me because I make my flush on the river. Calls me a "f-ing idiot". Here's what I don't understand--if it's such a dumb play, why is he mad? I mean, don't you WANT your opponents making bad moves? Even if they accidentally suck out and win? I mean hell, if you really think that's such an awful play, why wouldn't you say "nh" and then immediately rebuy, and add me to your buddy list along with a big note saying "FISH"?
I'm not so interested in whether or not I played the hand correctly. I was just farting around more than anything today. But I AM fascinated by people who lose to what they consider a bad beat, but then refuse to play with you anymore. I think what's really going on in this situation is the guy was playing way above his bankroll, and he COULDN'T afford the swings that go along with playing no limit holdem.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Pink Panty Poker - Victoria's Secret - PinkPantyPoker.com
Now if they recuit Mimi Rogers to play some Pink Panty Poker, they'll not be able to tear me away from the site.
Poker Babes - Hotties Playing Poker
At any rate, I have a list of women who I think of as "poker babes". These are the best looking women I know of in the poker world, and I'm a fan of lists, so here's my list:
- Jennifer Tilly
- Shirley Rosario
- Clonie Gowen
- Jennifer "Jennicide" Leigh
- Shannon Elizabeth
- Evelyn Ng
This is, without a doubt, a very incomplete list. And the one name I left off the list is my absolute favorite of all, the incomparable Mimi Rogers. Why Tom Cruise left her for all these skinny young women I'll never understand, because Mimi Rogers is nothing short of breathtaking. I didn't even realize she was a poker babe until last week.
Annie Duke didn't make my list, but I know at least one other poker blogger who's received traffic for the phrase "Annie Duke nude", so apparently someone out there thinks she's a babe.
Monday, July 11, 2005
The Difference Between 560th Place and 561st Place
There's something profound and meaningful in that statement, so think about it. It's almost a World Series of Poker zen koan, in fact.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Doyle Brunson to buy World Poker Tour?
More power to Doyle Brunson! To be 71 years old and still interested in buying whole companies...why that's on a par with Warren Buffett.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
What I Learned from Iggy Today
- Talk about how you suck as a poker player. Talk about the mistakes you make in your blog. People love to read that stuff. It's okay to talk about what mistakes you make and why you keep making them.
- Poker blogging helps you think critically about your poker game, because you have to think critically in order to write about it.
- NEVER, EVER, ever slow-play aces before the flop, even if you're first to act at a loose aggressive table and you're almost sure someone is going to raise you before the flop.
Thanks for the coaching and the nuggets of wisdom today, Blogfather. You are definitely THE man in my book.
Activision Poker Game for World Series of Poker
Reading further into the article, I'm learning that I'll actually get to play with the likenesses of some poker celebrities. Wow. I'm not sure if anyone else has ever played a licensed video game that sucked (Try any movie-related game on the X-box if you haven't, with the exception of the wonderful Star Wars Lego game.), but it's a standard rule that any licensed game for the console video game world will not only suck, but it will suck in a big way. Bad. Awful. Terrible. Some of the worst games ever.
On the other hand, might be fun.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Some WSOP Information for the 36th Annual WSOP
- Players from over 45 different countries are playing in this year's WSOP event.
- The main event is the $10,000 buy-in NL Holdem tournament, but the WSOP actually consists of a total of 45 different tournaments.
- The space for the WSOP takes up over 60,000 square feet and over 200 poker tables.
- The WSOP this year is being held at the Rio Suites in Las Vegas. The event got so big that the former venue for it could no longer accommodate all the players.l
- The total prize pool is over $10 million this year, which is twice the size of last year's prize pool.
- Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson both won their 10th WSOP bracelets this year, making them the two biggest WSOP winners in the history of poker.
- Jennifer Tilly won the Ladies Event this year. She's been tied romantically with Phil "the Unabomber" Laak.
- Celebrities including Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gabe Kaplan, and James Wood are all playing in the main event this year.
Just some fun, at a glance stuff about the WSOP that I thought folks might enjoy.
Golfer Rocco Mediate Tries Poker
I seem to remember somewhere that Stu Ungar used to lose a lot of money betting on golf games, but don't quote me on that one.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Andy Nguyen - WSOP Winner, Employee Event
Andy Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1962, and he's lived in the USA for the last 20 years. He's a poker dealer at Binion's Horseshoe in Downtown Las Vegas, where he's worked since 2001. He's been playing poker seriously for about 5 years now.
You can see a great photo of Andy Nguyen here. Sharla's posted a picture of Andy Nguyen here too.
Monday, July 04, 2005
WSOP Winners so far for 2005
- $500 Casino Employee No Limit Holdem - Andy Nguyen - $83,390
- $1500 No Limit Holdem - Allen Cunningham - $725,405
- $1500 Pot Limit Holdem - Thom Werthmann - $369,535
- $1500 Limit Holdem - Eric Froehlich - $361,910
- $1500 Omaha/8 - Patrick Poels - $270,100
- $2500 No Limit Short-Handed - Isaac Galazan - $315,125
- $1000 No Limit Holdem - Maciek "Michael" Gracz - $594,460
- $1500 Seven Card Stud - Cliff Josephy - $192,100
- $2000 No Limit Holdem - Erik Seidel - $611,795
- $2000 Limit Holdem - Reza Payvar - $303,610
- $2000 Pot Limit Holdem - Edward Moncada - $298,070
- $2000 Pot Limit Omaha - Joshua Arieh - $381,600
- $5000 No Limit Holdem - T. J. Cloutier - $657,100
- $1000 Seven Card Stud High Low - Steve Hohn - $156,985
- $1500 Limit Holdem Shootout - Mark Seif - $181,330
- $1500 No Limit Holdem Shootout - Anthony Reategul - $269,100
- $2500 Limit Holdem - Quinn Do - $265,975
- $2000 Seven Card Stud High-Low - Denis Ethier - $160,685
- $1500 Pot Limit Omaha - Barry Greenstein - $128,505
- $5000 Pot Limit Texas Holdem - Brian Wilson - $370,685
- $2500 Omaha High-Low - Todd Brunson - $255,945
- $1500 No Limit Holdem - Mark Seif - $611,145
- $5000 Seven Card Stud - Jan Sorensen - $293,275
- $2500 No Limit Holdem - Farzad Bonyadi - $594,960
- $2500 Pot Limit Holdem - Johnny Chan - $303,025
- $1000 Ladies No Limit Holdem - Jennifer Tilly - $158,625
- $5000 Pot Limit Omaha - Phil Ivey - $635,803
- $5000 Limit Holdem - Dan Schmiech - $404,585 (I'm going to break with the convention from the rest of the list to point out that Gabe Kaplan won 2nd place in this one. I love Gabe Kaplan.)
- $2000 No Limit Holdem - Lawrence Gosney - $483,195
- $1500 Seven Card Razz - O'Neill Longson - $125,690
- $5000 No Limit Holdem Short-Handed - Doyle Brunson - $367,800
- $5000 Omaha High-Low - David Chiu - $347,410
- $3000 No Limit Holdem - Andre Boyer - $682,810
- $1000 No Limit Holdem Seniors - Paul Mckinney - $202,725
That's it so far. One thing I've noticed looking through these results and making this list is that I don't know most of the poker players on it. Maybe I'll do some research on some of them and post what I find out about them here in this blog.
Shannon Sharpe Training with Mark Seif for WSOP
Absolute Poker is the poker room online that's bringing this celebrity to the poker table in Vegas this year, and more power to 'em. They're a great poker room, and if booking Shannon Sharpe to play in the WSOP for them is going to make stuff happen for them, then I'm all for it.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Sklanskyanity? - A New Religion for Poker Players
David Sklansky is a different breed of cat, and I think anyone who's read any of his books or paid any attention to his posts over at Two plus Two knows that. But recently I've been hearing a little bit about Sklanskyanity, a new religion he's been talking about over there, and I'm intrigured. In Sklansky's Poker, Gaming and Life, he talks about how if you want to know what life is going to be like 200 years from now, just imagine what it was like 200 years ago. You weren't alive then either. I always got the impression from this comment that he didn't believe in an afterlife, and that he possibly was an atheist besides.
But maybe like a lot of people who start getting older, he's beginning to have different ideas about God and an afterlife. I think Sklansky's thought processes are interesting, and I love reading his books. So if you're interested in some of his ideas on this whole religion thing, here is a link to the philosophy section of Two plus Two.
Go over there and do some reading and come back and let me know whether or not you think that these guys are a weird bunch. But probably weird in a good way. I tend to agree with most of what David Sklansky writes, frankly.
Robert Guinther in Killeen Texas
Anyway, it's funny how these things work out sometimes. I won a freeroll into a Super Weeknight at Party Poker about a year ago, and accidentally won it, then wound up hitting 5th place in the actual tournament. Won $6k and paid off my pickup truck. Lost the rest of the prize money trying to duplicate the event.
Anyway, Mr. Guinther has my congratulations, and nothing would please me more to see him win the main event there at the WSOP next week. Well, except for seeing my friend Susan Austin win. She's the bomb. LOL
Mike Caro's Roulette System
- Never bet red or black.
- Don't ever bet on 0 or 00.
- Don't bet any odd red numbers.
- Don't bet any even black numbers.
The article continues in this vein, and clearly explains why this system eliminates the house advantage. If you figure out why this system works at bringing the house edge down to "0", you get a gold star.
Women and Poker - Gender Issues in the Game of Poker
I know I play differently against women, but I'm a big dork and I act differently around women in all situation, not just playing poker. But I get the feeling that a lot of men think that women can't play poker well, or that they're easily pushed around, or they're just not as smart as men. And while it's true that no woman has ever won the main event at the World Series of Poker, this doesn't prove a thing about a woman's innate ability to play poker. The fact is that there just aren't as many women playing poker. (Although there certainly seem to be a lot of them out there now.)
Last time I played in a live poker game with a woman, she tore my nut flush all to hell with her full house. No fun that, I'll tell you. And while I'm sure I'd enjoy meeting Clonie Gowen, Annie Duke, Shirley Rosario, and/or Jennifer Tilly, I'm not sure I'd want to sit down at a very high stakes game with them. I'm pretty sure any one of them would clean me out.