Saturday, November 12, 2005
"Black Thursday" in New York
The authorities say that their main concern isn't that people are playing poker, but that criminals are profiting from their play in these underground cardrooms.
Seems like a simple enough solution. Legalize it and regulate it.
Worked with Prohibition.
Starting Hand Selection in Heads Up Poker Games
I've been playing these heads-up poker tourneys over at Pokerstars a lot lately, and I just kept getting killed there. (I was losing about 60% of the time, which surprised me, since I normally do pretty well at SnG's. I place ITM around 50% or so of the time.)
Then a buddy of mine and I were chatting about it the other night, and he told me that I was probably playing them too aggressively, and too loosely.
So I tightened up my approach a LOT, and suddenly I'm winning about 65% of the time. And when I say tightened up my approach, I mean I started limiting my starting hand selection to good quality starting hands.
Wizard of Odds has a great chart showing how often particular starting hands will win when playing heads up. Worth checking out.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Pokershare.com Announces They're Shutting Down
Looks like they're just folding up their tables and calling it a day. Too bad. It was a neat concept for a poker room, and I never even got to play there.
Card Odds, Pot Odds, & the 3 Billionth Hand on Party Poker
Party Poker's 3 Billionth Hand
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Paul Phillips Says Good-bye to the Two Plus Two Forums
Having been a moderator on some forums, I understand that a moderator's job is tough, but I've also spent a lot of time lurking at Two plus Two. And I lurk because I'm afraid to post. Someone over at Paul's blog mentioned that every time someone new makes a post at 2+2 that the inevitable response is that "this questions has been asked millions of times before, why don't you use the search function, and I make $200,000 a year playing poker".
I tend to agree that this is the prevailing attitude there. While I've found an incredible amount of useful information at Two plus Two over the last couple of years of poker playing, I've also found the atmosphere there to be less than welcoming. It seems to me like there's no reason you can't be smart and helpful at the same time.
When I read the post that got deleted at Two plus Two over at Paul's blog, it surprised me that it had been deleted. I've seen far worse there on more than one occasion.
Heads Up Poker at Pokerstars.com
But as the other poker pundits point out on a regular basis, the long run is a lot longer than you think. So there's plenty of time.
Why did I start playing all the heads-up sit and go's? I got interested in that Michael Craig book, The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King which is an abolutely fantastic read. If I didn't have a respiratory infection, I'd probably be finished with it already.